Norfolk man bidding to become first double amputee to reach South Pole

Double amputee Sgt Duncan Slater trains on the snow covered beach pulling some tyres. Picture Matthew Usher. Double amputee Sgt Duncan Slater trains on the snow covered beach pulling some tyres. Picture Matthew Usher.

Sunday, January 27, 2013
3:00 PM

Dragging two heavy tyres across a snow-covered Brancaster beach, Sergeant Duncan Slater has started his bid to become the first double amputee to reach the South Pole.

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The Diss resident, 33, is hoping to be part of a four-man British team which will race fellow wounded soldiers from USA, Canada and Australia across Antarctica.

The Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge is being billed as one of the most ambitious expeditions of modern times and will start in November.

Other wounded soldiers from across the country joined the 33-year-old in starting their training on the North Norfolk coast on Saturday morning.

Sgt Slater said: “Getting together with the team means we can start to properly prepare - November will probably come around fairly quickly.”

*Pick up a copy of tomorrow’s paper for more on Sgt Slater’s incredible story from being injured in Afghanistan to bidding to take part in this historic South Pole trek.

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