Emily Trains for Winter Paralympics

$1,600 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 30 people in 55 months
My name is Emily but they call me Starfish on the hill.  My goal is to get to the 2018 Winter Paralympics and participate as a blind athlete in the para alpine/snowboard events.  I am no stranger to the hill.  I have been a skiier for over 10 years now and have been snowboarding for over 6 years now. 
In order to get to the Paralympics an athlete such as myself needs to train both on the hill and off the hill and that training is not very cheap and can become very expensive very quickly.  So Ive created this gofundme account in an effort to help me fundraise to help me pay for my off/on hill training that is needed in order for me to have a better chance at competing at the Paralympics.  Any donation (no matter how big or small) is greatly accepted!
If you would like to learn more about my journey to the paralympics or would like to follow my journey to the paralympics please feel free to add Team Starfish by any of the following links:
Twitter: @starfishrd2018
Facebook Page:


Facebook Group:


Also please check out The Purple Moose Sock Company (a local sock company who have agreed to sponsor me and support me as I continue my path to the 2018 Paralympics)


.  Also if you are in the London area and are looking for a great RMT or just a relaxing massage check out the AIM Health Group website at


and search for Tammy Lyn at the AIM Health group South location and tell her Starfish sent you!  If you would like to get a hold of me via e mail the best e mail is trepanieremily@yahoo.ca
Emily aka Starfish
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Winter is coming! It’s still a few months away but pre season preparations are under way right now! It’s going to be a very busy winter race season! More info to follow soon once things are more finalized.
We are working on setting up some fundraisers as well and details will be released soon as well!
Funding update coming soon as well. Please keep your fingers and toes crossed for me!
More soon!
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Off season is in full swing and it's been a crazy few weeks around here. Between me having a minor injury (much better now) gym trainer getting a minor injury, a nightmare with the postal service as we are getting customized SUP bibs for SUP cross training it's been a crazy emotional roller coaster kind of few weeks but things are getting better now. I'm better, trainer is better and bibs should be here with in the next few days.

Since getting minorly injured we realized we needed to change up my gym training sessions to make sure what happened doesn't happen again so the new workouts started this past week and they will continue as we have started to see some improvements. It's slow progress and will take time but that is what the off season is for and this will help Mekong term to stay super healthy. Trust me I'm still working hard it's just training smarter now.
SUP cross training will be beginning soon! Can't wait to get back out on the water and SUPing! Did an equipment and gear check and pretty much have the SUP bag packed and ready to go. SUP cross training will begin early June! If you haven't already be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram for pics and videos from the first year of SUP cross training last year!
As always share this link with all your friends and family and stay tuned! As we get fundraisers planned will be posting them on social media!

Until next time
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Hard to believe Winter is over for another year! Quite the successful race season even if the weather gods weren't always on our side! I won a silver and a gold medal this season and I made a brand new personal best for both slalom and giant slalom. I also found out right near the end of the season some very exciting news. I got to sit down with the head of Snowboarders Ontario and chat about what support they are willing to give me to help me with my goal of working towards competing at the Paralympics. They are currently looking for 2 female adaptive Snowboarders for the Quest for Gold funding. This funding will help offset training cost both on and off the hill and their is also funding available to help offset the cost of equipment that I need in order to race. Snowboarders Ontario also now has funding available to help offset race costs for adaptive Snowboarders. This is huge news for adaptive Para snowboarding as this funding wasn't available a few years ago. One step and day at a time things are coming together. My Quest for Gold application will be going in this summer Financial help is on the way to help me with my goal as I continue to journey toward the Paralympics!
Off season has begun and currently we are working on putting up videos on our YouTube channel so if you haven't subscribed yet please subscribe to the Team Starfish YouTube channel!
We are planning on doing a bunch of fundraisers once again during the off season so please stay tuned!
Please continue to share this GoFundMe page as we are always looking for donations to help me as I continue working towards my journey to competing at the Winter Paralympics!

Team Starfish training team!
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Its been a little while and I apologize for this. Its been busy though especially since Winter is just around the corner! All good things though! We received our first blast of Winter last weekend and it got me excited. Hill Guides/coaches were texting me as they were excited as well! With a little help from mother nature will be on the hills soon!

I wanted to update you on how the 2 fundraisers went in October. Before I do though I would like to thank once again everyone who helped make both fundraisers run smoothly and successfully and thank everyone who donated items for both of the fundraisers. I really am very lucky to have auch an awesome and supportive local community in my corner. I wouldn't be this far without all of the support from my community, sponsors, family and friends so thank you to everyone who has supported me and who continues to support me.

At the beginning of October we held a SUP fundraiser. LondonSUP (my SUP cross training team) and I partnered up to run this SUP fundraiser. Participants paid $40 to participate in the SUP fundraiser. For $40 dollars participants were able to rent out a SUP board, A SUP Paddle, A SUP Leash, and a PDF. Participants also received a quick start SUP lesson at the beginning from a certified SUP instructor. The quick start lesson was designed to teach participants the basics of SUP and get them out on the water and up paddling around on the water.

Once all participants were out on the water we ran a few fun games. These games were designed to give participants a bit of a feel at some of the SUP cross training that I did during this year off season. For both of the games each person wore a blind fold. Blind folds were used to show the participants how SUPing felt "Through my eyes"
Our 1st game that we had planned was a "Blind SUP fitness routine. We asked for 3 volunteers who wanted to try it under blind fold. I got to instruct everyone through a short fitness routine that was pre planned ahead of time. I thought for sure at least one of the "Blind" volunteers were going to fall in but no one did!
Our 2nd game that we had planned was "Catch the Bear bells" Again we asked for a few volunteers who wanted to try out the game under blindfold. Each volunteer wore a blind fold and had to SUP while following a ringing bear bell. If you have been following me you'll know that when I am SUP cross training my lead guide wears bear bells. I can use those bear bells to self guide myself and to figure out where my lead guide is at all times. SUP guides till do some verbal guiding when needed but bear bells have made the SUP guides a little bit easier and it helps me a bit more independent during SUP cross training.

We had lots of great positive observations from all participants who completed the 2 different games at the SUP fundraiser. They also had lots of great questions as well for us and safe to say everyone had a great time. Weather held up for us as well. It looked like it might rain on us at first but it cleared up and even got a little sunny at one point!

For the SUP Fundraiser $450 was raised all together. Each participant also went home with a small goodie bag gift bag. As well all of the volunteer who completed the games under blindfold received a special certificate and an autographed newspaper article which talked about my goal of getting to the Paralympics and the training that would need to be completed. We had 9 participants in total who participated. We also had a few people who couldn't come but they donated via the gofundme page. We also had a donation jar set up at the fundraiser and homemade treats and Tim Hortons Coffee which were both donated by my mom and step dad Jim. My oldest niece also helped make the homemade treats.

Fast forward to the end of October and we held our 2nd fundraiser which was a Spooktacular Spagetti night dinner fundraiser. This fundraiser was held at the London CCB Auditorium and for our first spaghetti night dinner fundraiser it was a great success and a good learning experience for everyone involved. Tickets were sold for $15 and were sold prior to the actual fundraiser so we could make sure we had enough food for everyone. Also at the fundraiser we had a raffle ticket table. Tickets were sold and people could decide which prize they wanted to put their tickets in. We also had a dessert treat table which people could buy some tasty homemade treats for a small donation. My sister made these treats and everyone seemed to really enjoy them. Door prizes were also given out by a random draw as well.

Everyone enjoyed the full course homemade meal that was made and we even sent people home with left overs as well.

The Spooktactular Spagetti night dinner fundraiser raised $870 all together.

So in total $1320 was raised between the 2 fundraisers that we did in October. Thank you everyone. This money will be used to help offset training and race fee costs for the upcoming busy winter race season.

We plan on running more fundraisers in the new year so stay tuned for updates!

More updates coming soon!
SUP fundraiser participants OCT 1st 2016
Spooktacular Fundraiser Oct 29 2016
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$1,600 of $4,000 goal

Raised by 30 people in 55 months
Created April 24, 2014
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Rob Blair
11 months ago

Best of luck!

Mary Kirton
12 months ago

Wishing you a great season! Good luck with your fundraising.

Don and Mary Clayton
12 months ago

Sorry we can't make it tonight Emily. Good Luck with your fundraising.

William TW
12 months ago

Good Luck Emily !

Darlene Verhaeghe
12 months ago

Wishing you all the best this skiing season!

13 months ago
Ilderton Claytons
25 months ago

Go for it!!

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