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Inspirational Scots amputee finds new lease of life as Paralympian after horror RAF accident

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An inspiring amputee has told how competing in the Paralympics restored her confidence after a horror accident in the RAF. Shona Brownlee, from Livingston, West Lothian, was a former member of the Royal Air Force when she broke her ankle during a final training exercise.

After it failed to heal, she developed complications which led to the below-knee amputation. Devastated by the incident, she feared that her career in the armed forces was over before it had the chance to get off the ground.

But determined to find the positives, inspiring Shone explored sitskiing as part of a military programme. From there, she went on to secure her place as a Paralympian competing in Bejing in 2022.Shona told Edinburgh Live: "It was definitely a life-changing injury and things were pretty tough at the start.

I was faced with the prospect of losing my career when it had barely begun. Learning to sitski opened up a whole new world. It showed me that 'disability' didn't necessarily mean 'inability' and that I was still able to achieve things despite my injury."Eventually, Shona was invited to join Armed Forces Para-Snowsport Team (AFPST), who lent her equipment and provided coaching.

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