Paralympic ring stolen from basketballer

Burglars have stolen a rare 2012 London Paralympics golden ring belonging to one of Australia’s most talented wheelchair basketballers.

Police said offenders ransacked the Ashburton home of Paralympians Shelley Chaplin and Cobi Crispin on Thursday, stealing Chaplin’s ring and cash.

The burglars smashed their way into the Kelvin Grove property through a back door between 10.30am and 5pm while the house was empty.

Ms Chaplin, 28, is a three-time Paralympian who represented Australia at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Games. She was part of the silver medal-winning team that faced Germany in the Paralympic final on September 7.

The golden ring was one of only 24 and was presented to the male and female wheelchair basketballers before the Games.

Ms Chaplin appealed for the burglars to return the ring, which is a nine carat band that is unlikely to have a high dollar value.

‘‘For four years I trained for the London Paralympics. [The ring] was a gift from Basketball Australia to highlight that work...It means a lot to me,’’ she said.

‘‘When I came into my house and realised we’d been robbed, I was most worried about my medal and it was still there, but the ring was missing.’’

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at

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