Welcome to My Rally Campaign
"Always strive to be the best version of yourself that you can be, no matter how many obstacles you have to overcome to get there."
My name is Emily, preferably Em. I am a very active adaptive athlete, with lofty, yet attainable goals. My goal is to be the best monoskier that I can possibly be, able to go all over the mountain with friends and family; essentially to have all the freedom I had when I was skiing on two skis.
I am also a Paralympic hopeful and would also love a shot at racing in the Paralympic nationals again, which means I need to spend a lot more time training both on and off the hill. In order to reach these goals, I need to aquire my own monoski equipment that fits me and my function levels.
Below is my story, why I am raising funds, what it is for and where I hope to get to! Thanks for your time!
I am 26 years old and initially from VT although currently residing in Beverly, MA. I am a monoskier, skiing out of Sugarbush in Waitsfield, VT. I am very fortunate and grateful to be a recipient of a Kelly Brush Foundation grant this year. A monoski is a piece of specialized equipment, and I still need to raise the last 5,000. Any help you can give towards reaching this goal would make a big difference!
Why I'm Raising Funds
From day one monoskiing was a freedom like nothing I had experienced since my injury. It was when I started to learn how to ski again, that I started to accept my new abilities, and set new goals related to activity and sport. Skiing for me still brings a happiness and freedom that I do not always experience in my day to day life. Skiing and the like minded community I get to be involved with has been a big part of my personal growth and overcoming my disability.
Last winter I participated in a Paralympic Ski Race Camp with Chris Devlin Young and was selected to go to the 2016 Paralympic Nationals. At that time, I was still skiing in a piece of ski equipment borrowed from the Vermont Adaptive program at my home mountain Sugarbush in Waitsfield, VT. Currently, I am still in a rental program ski, which is not specifically fit to me. Its like a pair of shoes that you borrow, or a rental pair of boots, or skates: you wiggle around, some of your energy does not get transferred to your piece of equipment, and the performance is just not nearly as good as if I had a ski that was made for me. As I move forward and work hard to become the best mono skier I can possibly be, it is crucial that I have my own mono ski that I am familiar with and that is built to work with me; it is especially crucial as I move forward with my hopes of competing in the Paralympics someday and being able to ski all over the mountain with skill.
I have done a lot of research (both online and talking to other skiers) regarding which ski I would like to get. I am trying to raise funds to get a KBG Celes mono ski that would be my ski both racing and free skiing. It has been really difficult to acquire all the things needed to enjoy the same recreational and competitive activities that I used to participate in. So here I am trying to raise the funds to get a monoski, and the outriggers that I need to not only be competitive but also get all around the mountain skiing!
How I Got Here
How I got here is a VERY long story. But the short of the long is that I was an athlete, I am an athlete and I always will be an athlete. My injury started 7 years ago when I was 19 and was far more complex than anyone, including myself, thought. I was a freshman in college and never imagined that I would need multiple surgeries or that my college career would be drawn out from 4 years to 8. There were costs to all this that I never imagined. I never would have thought that in my life time I would have to relearn how to bike, swim, and ski, or that waking up and walking to the kitchen for coffee just wouldn’t be possible. Skiing and biking were two things that required new equipment that cost far more than my old bike and skis. At the time it was all terrifying: the diagnosis, learning so many new things, navigating the mental and phsyical stresses … now it is a great challenge that I accept and enjoy.
Learning to handcycle and monoski and other ways of doing everything I love has brought new exciting challenges into my life. It has been amazing to be able to get outside and participate in activities with my friends and family again! Skiing for me is something I took to really fast and I have continued to work really hard and grow in the sport. Now after two years I am excited to have the possibility of owning my own ski and being able to continue in my growth and development in the sport!
I am grateful to have an amazing team of people beside me as I continue to work hard to reach my goals. They are all people who do not give up on me when things get tough, people who I know believe in me and all my abilities. My parents Matt and Marie, Grandparents Louise and John, family and friends, Significant Other Erik, physical therapist Julie (and the whole PT team), Coach Norm, Vermont Adaptive, the Kelly Brush Foundation, and my entire Orthopaedic and Neuro team, are all key people who have never given up on me throughout my journey and have always encouraged me to reach beyond my goals. You all know who you are, and I want to thank each and everyone of you especially as I go on this endeavor to get my own monoski!
Join My Team and Spread the Word!
Thank you to all of you who support my journey! A huge thank you to Zeke and Kelly and the entire team at the Kelly Brush Foundation for making this all possible! Please be sure to share my story and spread the word! I can't wait to share my ski days with each of you!
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