Alex Aims for Paralympic Dream
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
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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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!
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!
Thanks again to all of you for making this happen!
Just got in from Edmonton, the new seat from Northern Alberta Prosthetic is looking and feeling great! One step closer to testing time!
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.
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!