An Edmonton Paralympian has had both of her customized bikes stolen, say police who are asking for tips in the case.
Over the weekend, officers responded to a break-and-enter at a home near 77 Avenue and 111 Street. The detached garage had been broken into and the two customized bikes used by Paralympian Amanda Rummery in training and competition were stolen.
The bikes had been previously modified so that one handlebar was cut off in order to assist Rummery, who had her arm amputated when she was 18 years old following an ATV accident.
“Living with a physical disability has its challenges and these bikes were modified to make bike riding easy and accessible for me,” Rummery said in a police news release Tuesday. “Adapting to riding a bike with one arm was certainly difficult, though these bikes brought me independence and are very special to me.”
The bikes — a black Cannondale and a red Schwinn — were stolen from her garage sometime between late Friday evening and early Saturday morning.
Rummery holds records in the 100M, 200M and 400M Paralympian track events and uses the bikes to cross train. She is hoping to represent Canada at the Tokyo 2021 Paralympic Games.