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Soldiering on

posted 31 March 2016 at 18:55:04

Create Prosthetics, New York-based makers of customisable, 3D printed prosthetic covers, have sponsored British war veteran and double amputee Corie Mapp, a Paralympic bobsleigher. Corie wears  the 3D printed covers on his prosthetic legs, emblazoned with the logo of his football team, Arsenal. Because they are customisable, flexible, lightweight and durable, the prosthetic covers are perfectly suited for someone who’s constantly on the move.  

In 2010, while serving in Musa Qala, Afghanistan Lance Corporal Mapp was seriously injured by an improvised explosive device (IED), and lost both legs as a result. Within two weeks of waking from an induced coma, Mapp was moving around on prosthetic legs. His determination led him to excel in competitive sports such as sitting volleyball and bobsleigh. He’s now won the gold medal in the first ever World Cup Para bobsleigh event in 2015, is in the GB sitting volleyball team, and took part in the Invictus Games. And to top it all, he’s also the first bilateral amputee in history to push start and load a bobsled.  

Mann says: “Sport helps me stay fit and competitive, and keeps me mentally sharp.” He’s certainly not sitting on his laurels, as he recently competed in the 2016 Paralympic Bobsled World Championships in Park City, Utah. Go, Corrie!    

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