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SNOWBOARD GOLD FOR SHARK ATTACK VICTIM
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Sean Pollard lost his left arm and most of his right arm in 2014. Now he is a medallist at the Parasnowsports World Cup in Dubai.



First the  27-year old Australian took silver in the men's banked slalom and then went one better with a gold.

The snowboarder lost most of his left arm and his lower right arm when he was attacked by two great white sharks near Perth in Australia four years ago.

"I'd never snowboarded before my accident, but I was used to surf and to skateboard, so I gave it a try," he said.

He made his international debut in the 2016-17 season and was part of the Australian team that competed at the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Games.

He was attacked while surfing on his own about 100m off shore and had to catch a wave back in where others on the beach then came to his aid.

The attack happened in Esperance in October 2014.

Following the attack he needed seven blood transfusions, that amounts to 3 litres of blood.

"I was pretty lucky to get to hospital within an hour of the attack" he said.

It took over 150 stitches to close the wounds he suffered as he fended off the sharks.

"It's all pretty similar, surfing and snowboarding, I'd never snowboarded until after the shark attack, so it's been quite a fast learning curve for me because I had those skills before."

Dubai is hosting a major international snowboard competition for the first time, with 35 athletes from 12 countries at the World Cup.

The events are taking place at Ski Dubai - an indoor slope in a shopping mall.

PlanetSKI editor, James Cove, visted Ski Dubai and made some turns there last summer on his way to skiing in Australia and New Zealand.

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