Friday, 25 May 2012

Gurkha Rifleman Kushal Limbu Trains For Paralympics


29 year old Gurkha Rifleman Kushal Limbu lost both of his legs below the knee in Musa Qala, Afghanistan on 15 November 2008 when his vehicle struck an IED. He was one month into his second operational tour of Afghanistan. He was brought to Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham, UK where he was amputated below the knee. When he was brought to hospital he was very ill with a fever “I didn’t think about if I would walk again, let alone run. It was just a case of would I make it out of the hospital,” recalls rifleman Kushal Limbu. Kushal always wanted to run but he had never gotten a chance to compete at a higher level when he was in college.  Kushal wants to bring something good out of this disability and show others what he is capable of by participating in the 2012 summer Paralympics.  He is currently being coached by Peter Le Rossignol at the Julie Rose stadium in Ashford. His coach says “In the T43 (double below the knee amputation) category, Kushal is fourth in the world, but the categories are merged for Paralympics making him in the top 15 to 20. But he is only getting faster, and I expect to see him qualify.”

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