Remarkably, although he has been nominated to train with the Australian Paralympic Ski squad with a view to representing his country at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, he has no sponsorship – and even more remarkable is that his ranking both nationally and internationally, has been achieved despite spending 75% less time on the snow, training & competing, than his nearest rivals. Perhaps even more remarkable still, is that he has managed to self-fund his skiing achievements from his own savings & small fundraising initiatives from those closest to him.
Below is an approximate breakdown of costs in order to compete at Pyeong Chang:
Compulsory training November 2017: $16,000
New bucket (Seat) for his sit ski: $ 3,000
New race skis and training skis: S 2,500
Air fares: $ 2,500
Loss of income: (Training) $10,000
To assist Mark in funding part of his expenses, a charity fundraiser auction is being organised. This GoFundMe Campaign has been set up for those who want to support Mark but are unable to make it to the fundraiser.
For more details on the event itself, please go to https://www.facebook.com/events/269351086894984
Thank you for your support.
- Nick Tavendale
- Jane Diplock
- Mitchell Roberts
- Kylie Smith
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