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Double amputee walks to Pole

Duncan Slater's hoping to become the first double amputee to walk to the South Pole. Photo: ITV News

A soldier from Norfolk who lost both his legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan is hoping to become the first double amputee to walk to the South Pole.

Duncan Slater will take part in a special race in Antarctica later this year in aid of Prince Harry's charity, Walking With The Wounded.

You can't tell there's anything wrong with Duncan Slater until he pulls up his trouser leg. And even that doesn't tell you the whole story,because he's lost both legs, not just the one.

Duncan Slater from Diss in Norfolk is among three teams of wounded servicemen and women from the United States and the Commonwealth to race to the South Pole in November. They're currently in Iceland preparing for the challenge.

The conditions are savage - sometimes as low as -35 with white out winds of up to 100 miles an hour.

Duncan Slater lost both his legs in a bomb blast in Afghanistan Credit: ITV News

I think I'm privileged in the fact I can walk about quite comfortably on my legs so I feel almost duty bound to show what a double amputee is capable of. It's not just me but there are countless others out there that could do this. I'm just that lucky person that got through that's all."

"Are you constantly feeling the rub, the pain?"

No, not at all. The gentleman that made my prosthetic did such a good job that honestly it's like walking on clouds. It's really comfortable."

– Duncan Slater, wounded serviceman

There are six people in each team but only four will be selected for the 200 mile race to the South Pole. It's all in aid of Prince Harry's charity Walking With The Wounded.

Duncan Slater may have lost his legs in the bomb blast in Afghanistan but he's lost none of his zest for life.

His motto is that limitations are only in the mind.