Bike accident kills Paralympian Ashley Adams
FIVE-time Paralympian Ashley Adams has been killed in a motorbike accident on his farm at Blackall in Central Queensland.
The 59-year-old, a former world champion in the 50m rifle prone event, and dual medallist from the Athens Games in 2004, had qualified to compete at his sixth Paralympics in Rio next year.
Australian Paralympic Committee president Glenn Tasker said the sport had not only lost one of its best athletes, but one of its great characters.
"As a Paralympic shooter, Ashley was one of our finest ever. In fact, it is hard to imagine an Australian Paralympic shooting team without him, such is the impact he has had on our team and the sport over a long period of time," Tasker said.
Adams (pictured) acquired his disability in a similar incident in 1982.
The 26-year-old came off his bike and broke his back while racing his motorbike in a competition in Blackall, paralysing him instantly.