Hi, my name is Ian Rawn. I am awestruck that I am writing to you as the lone Texan representing the U.S.A for the 2017 World Winter Games in Austria! When I started skating in 2008, I decided right away that I wanted to be a World Games athlete. I've worked hard to make the team, and I feel happy and proud. I am honored to be chosen for the opportunity for a once in a lifetime chance to be on the Special Olympics world stage.
I’m a figure skater, and I love to compete. When I started skating, I fell a lot, but I always got back up. Today I can jump, spin, twirl, and dance on the icy surface. When I am competing, and the music comes on for my program, I feel excited and thrilled, and very confident that I can land my jumps and spins and do my footwork. When I finish, I am happy that I did my best. I love skating so much that I belong to the local figure skating club, and I volunteer at all their events…it is super fun, and I get to meet awesome skaters and coaches.
There are many new expenses to get ready for the World Games. I need extra coaching, and I have increased my training to three sessions per week. I want to compete at my very best on the world stage! I need new boots and blades, and I want to start training in the new skates as soon as possible. I also need competition clothes and other supplies for skating and traveling. Some people have donated to Special Olympics Texas on my behalf and I am so grateful. But so many friends have said they want to help me with the things I need so this is the page for all that. The first two things I will do with any gifts given are to fund my extra coaching and my new skates; those are most important. If you want to donate through Special Olympics to support me, here is the link: http://www.sotx.org/competitions/world-games/
I am happy that you care about my dreams and that you came to my funding page. Besides donating you could choose to support me by cheering me on for a gold medal, or pray for me and my family and for Team USA as we travel and compete. You could even come to Austria and be my enthusiastic cheerleaders! I hope to see you there. Thank you for your support, in whatever way you want to give it.
ps. I've been practicing my German so, guten tag!
Super Excited World Games Athlete!
- Debbie Rawn
- Diane Piecek
- Gary Wydman
- Cochran Hose Company
- Carol Busby
Organizer and beneficiary
Cinde and Jeff Rawn