A young skier has been left devastated after having all of his equipment stolen and leaving him unable to compete in championships this winter.
Sam Allen, who represents Great Britain in Ski Cross competitions across the world, had around £8,500 worth of ski and cycling equipment stolen in a break-in this month.
The semi-professional sportsman awoke to find his garage had been broken into overnight on June 1.
As well as five bikes belonging to him and his mother, he lost six pairs of racing skis worth around £6,000 new, two of which he was relying on for races this winter.
Speaking about the loss, he said: “Pretty much everything of any value to me got robbed.
“The skis are very specific to me, they won’t fetch much second hand but I have saved for years to be able to afford them and rely on them for racing and teaching.
“As it stands I now have nothing to compete on next season and have lost my bikes, which I use to keep fit during the summer.
“My skis are my livelihood. It took years of saving to collect all this equipment, it is just a horrible thing to happen.”
Sam, who will turn 21 later this month, said it is the third time in six years that the house in Coventry Road has been subject to break-ins.
But said despite several people being in the house in the night of the thefts, nobody heard anyone coming into the garden.
My skis are my livelihood. It took years of saving to collect all this equipmentSam Allen
Sam has been racing on the slopes since the age of 12 and represented team GB at the World junior Championships.
He works as a ski instructor in Switzerland each winter, competing in races at varying levels.
Anyone with information should contact Kenilworth police on 101.