Alex Aims for Paralympic Dream

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Raised by 50 people in 23 months
About Me
I was introduced to sitskiing six years ago through the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program. For my first three seasons I skied with my friends and the adaptive program before seeing my first Provincial Championship race on Blackcomb in 2009. At that point I decided racing would be something worth looking into and I joined the B.C. Adaptive Ski Team.

By the end of the 2012/13 season, my second on the B.C. team, I was invited to my first National Prospect camp. Working with the National Prospects I was able to improve my racing and earn an invitation to my first world cup race in Panorama, BC in 2014. One year later I was invited back for my first world championship race.

Now having finished the 2014/15 season with the B.C. Team, while again being on the National Prospect list, I have been offered and accepted a spot on the Canadian Para Alpine Ski Team. By joining the National team I will now have many amazing opportunities in the next 3 years leading up to my ultimate goal of representing Canada at the 2018 Paralympics in South Korea. 

Part of the expense required to take this next step towards my goal is a $10,000  team fee. This is where I begin to struggle, as an athlete who will be away from home more often than not it becomes very difficult to hold a secure job. Unfortunately this means earning enough to cover all my team fees, equipment, and food becomes extremely difficult. 

I appreciate any and all contributions that will help to bring me one step closer to my dream of representing Canada at the 2018 Paralympic games. 

The Cost Breakdown
A team fee that covers flights, accommodation, coaching fees, lift tickets, and race entries that is due by April 2016 - $10,000

A new race seat and leg cover for the team sitski - $5,000

Food, equipment (skis and bindings), and airline baggage fees - $5,000

Highlights:
1st place Slalom - Canadian National Championships in Mont Sainte-Anne, QC, 2015
3rd place Super Combined - US National Championships in Aspen, CO, 2015
16th place Giant Slalom - World Championships in Panorama, BC, 2015
3rd place Super G - US National Championships in Aspen, CO, 2014
3rd place Super G - NORAM Cup in Kimberly, BC, 2013
1st place Slalom - Provincial Championships Cypress, BC, 2012

Tentative Calendar for 2015/16:
June 14 to 19, Montreal dry land camp
June 27 to July 2, Whistler dry land camp
August 2 to 7, Whistler dry land camp
Sep 3 to 21, Chile training camp
October 10 to 27, Europe camp - or - October 19 to 27, Colorado TBD
November 13 to December 4, Panorama Nakiska IPCAS races/training camp
December 11 to 19, Colorado NORAM
January 18 to February 5, racing in Austria, France, and Switzerland
February 14 to 20, Kimberly NORAM races
February 23 to March 4, US Nationals
March 20 to 26, Canadian Nationals

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A Huge Thank You to My Supporters!
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Update 7
Posted by Alex Cairns
7 months ago
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Checking in from Chile!

We have been having a great camp down here with nothing but good weather and solid snow. Because the conditions have been so good we have been able to train a lot of Super G (we don't tend to run the faster events in soft snow). we are nearing the end of developing a new sitski which my teammate Kurt has done testing on this camp. It looks to be a very promising ride for sometime in the near future. Almost time for a couple of weeks back in Squamish before we take off again to Stubaii Austria to start gaining more momentum into the winter

As always, thank you all for your interest and support in this, Less than a year and a half until Game time!
This happens every clear night here
Gloves stay on, but the dogs are great!
GS training in Valle Nevado
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Update 6
Posted by Alex Cairns
11 months ago
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Late on the update again. World cup finals in Aspen were a good race series until the last day of downhill, I ended up in the fences on the last turn and am still trying to recover my shoulder and it looks like that is my plan for the next little while. I did get out to Banff for a couple weeks of training but had another flair up in my shoulder, just enough to say it isn't play time yet. On the up side the team has moved to whistler for the start of summer training so I will be working with our new Strength and conditioning coach Keith, to make a proper recovery and brace myself for our first ski camp of the season in September.
Attached below is a link to the press release naming the Canadian world cup skiing teams and that I have moved from the Canadian development team to the World cup C team.
Thank you all very much for your continued support of my journey!
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Update 5
Posted by Alex Cairns
15 months ago
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The world cups in Europe have come to an end. I had some of my best and some of my worst skiing all in a span of 3 weeks and 5 different countries. We started off in Kossen Austria for 4 days of training. The Northern Alps were suffering this year so the only place open that would have us train was Kossen right above a farmers field (Who did not allow salt to firm up our course) Living in the tiny town ten minutes from the hill was a good test for the rest of the month. After Kossen we set up in Feistritz which was almost right in the middle of our first two race series, one in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia the other in Tarvisio Italy. Slovenia was good for getting rid of all the race day bugs, not for crossing the finish line, but for getting the first two races started. Tarvisio was better with the Slalom landing me in 13th which was inside my coaches original goal for for the month( top 15 finish). The GS was a run that I had been waiting to put down in a timed environment for a while and put me in 9th place. Next up was St. Moritz, two days of pretty tough competition in slalom. Finishing both races but being the slowest to do. Then we packed up to make our 5.5 hour drive to Tignes. 5.5 was not to be, after 10 hours of travel, 3 attempts at apparent summer roads it was now 4 am in Tignes and the only takeaways were to never trust your GPS and that the French Alps are amazing. The next 2 days were the first Downhill training of the year for us, on the 2nd day I had a sizable slide into the fences out of panic so that marked the end of the trip for myself, having to watch the rest of the speed races. Home now for a week before heading out to Kimberley and panorama for some speed training and then its off to Aspen for the world cup finals!

Thanks again to all of you for making this happen!
Alex
Slalom day in Kranjska Gora
Slalom in Tarvisio
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Update 4
Posted by Alex Cairns
15 months ago
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Hey everyone, after successfully getting the points I needed from the races in Panorama and Winter Park, it is time for the big show! Tomorrow morning our team fly's over to Munich for 4 more days of training in Kossen while we get through the jet lag. Snow willing we will then start our one month mission with 5 races in Abtenau, straight to Tarvisio for a possible night time slalom race and a GS the next day we will then take a travel day to St. Moritz and end our trip in Tignes France by the 29th. Bring on the World cup season!
Stubaii Glacier Oct 2015
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Alex Cairns
22 months ago

Just got in from Edmonton, the new seat from Northern Alberta Prosthetic is looking and feeling great! One step closer to testing time!

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Alex Cairns
22 months ago

Hey Guys, just checking in from the airport in Montreal as we just wrapped up the first camp with the full team. It was an awesome chance for me to get to know the team better as I am the only new member this year. There are many good times ahead with this crowd! Now to get home, unpack and repack and head out to Edmonton to start the process of having the seat for my sitski made up. Thanks again for all your support, it is a help more than you know.

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Alex Cairns
23 months ago

Cannot believe the response to this! It's something that I don't normally like to think of doing but your support is very much appreciated!

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Alex Cairns
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Just got in from Edmonton, the new seat from Northern Alberta Prosthetic is looking and feeling great! One step closer to testing time!

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Alex Cairns
22 months ago

Hey Guys, just checking in from the airport in Montreal as we just wrapped up the first camp with the full team. It was an awesome chance for me to get to know the team better as I am the only new member this year. There are many good times ahead with this crowd! Now to get home, unpack and repack and head out to Edmonton to start the process of having the seat for my sitski made up. Thanks again for all your support, it is a help more than you know.

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Alex Cairns
23 months ago

Cannot believe the response to this! It's something that I don't normally like to think of doing but your support is very much appreciated!

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