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Steve Judge visits Academy

10 July 2013

United's Academy facility at Shirecliffe, sponsored by Redtooth, had a special visitor assist them with their pre-season preparations recently.

Sheffielder Steve Judge, a local Paratriathlon Champion, who after a near fatal crash in 2002 taught himself to walk again in an incredible story, which he shared with United young prospects as part of their pre-season plans.

Steve, is pictured here alongside United's scholars and management team having outlined his remarkable, pain staking recovery from two shattered legs that left him with limited use in both.

Having suffered horrific injuries, that at one time threatened his life, Steve then had his right leg partially amputated because of a shattered fibula and tibia, his left leg was wrenched sideways breaking three ligaments and severing a nerve.

He was told days later he would never walk again, but nine years after the accident, in 2011 he became a gold medalist at the ITU World Championships Final Beijing, ITU Hyde Park World Championship, ETU European Championships Pontreveda and TATA Steel British Championship.

Academy Manager Nick Cox feels Steve's inspirational story can act as motivation to the Blades current crop of emerging talent:

"To have someone who has been through what Steve (Judge) has been through is something pretty special and unique.

"His story since his accident in 2002 is unbelievable and pretty heart warming; the lads were intrigued and responded positively to Steve's visit.

"It was a great day, Steve seemed to enjoy himself, whilst the lads welcome him to the Academy and focused throughout on Steve's magnificent story."

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