Eden Hill: former Paralympic gold medallist’s purpose-built trike stolen

Mark Le Flohic competing at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. Picture: Nick Wilson/ALLSPORT
Mark Le Flohic competing at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. Picture: Nick Wilson/ALLSPORT

A FORMER two-time Paralympic gold medallist had his purpose-built tricycle worth $3000 stolen for the second time in eight months at his mother’s house on Hardaker Street in Eden Hill.

Bassendean resident Mark Le Flohic (47) won a gold medal in the mixed bicycle division four time trial at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games and another gold in the men’s tricycle road race at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games.

His mother Carol said the trike was stolen from her backyard while they were eating lunch at her house between 1.30pm and 2pm on October 1.

“I left the front gate open for him to come in because he can’t go off the trike,” she said.

“We went out and the trike was gone.

“It was awful, this is what stunned me… we were essentially in one room.”

Ms Le Fohlic said her son lost his only form of transport.

“Basically, I don’t drive so that (trike) is his only form of transport,” she said.

“It is not like everyone has got one of these things.”

She said the trike was stolen eight months ago but on that occasion was found and returned.

Kiara Police acting officer-in-charge George Bogunovich said police were still searching for the trike and urged anyone who saw it to contact Crime Stoppers.

“The racing tricycle is purpose built with a sticker on the rear with an advertising sticker which had the make George Longstaff on it and it is black in colour,” he said.

“It might be found on the side of the road because quite often, these things are dumped somewhere, so please ring us up.”

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