Through the trials and tribulations of life, it is essential to find meaning and value in what we choose to do with our lives. Personally, I find the vast expanses of a ski resort to be innately liberating and empowering, allowing people of all demographics and abilities to create their own unique route down the mountain. It is this freedom that initially drew me skiing, and in turn, what motivates me to better myself as a ski racer.
My journey started in 2006 as a nine year old who had never seen snow before, becoming the first person to use the snow-slider (an adaptive piece of ski equipment) on Australian soil. Fortunately, it only took me a day to get down the hill independently, marking the first milestone on my skiing journey. Before long, I was shredding down the mountain with other kids my age and getting my first taste of racing. Children’s and FIS racing eventually led to para-alpine as my peers grew stronger and faster at a rate I could not replicate, given my impaired right limbs.
It was through this transition that I fully realised the inclusiveness of the wider snow sports community, and its willingness to ensure that everyone has a place on the slopes. Although there have been some frustrating times over the years, I am hopeful that the upcoming season will bring much success as I enter it with my career best ranking of 6th in the world for Super G.
The period since the last games has also been particularly challenging on a personal level. I have endured the loss of two immediate family members, due to illness and drug abuse respectively. I have also suffered two separate bouts of severe blood clotting (DVT), requiring extensive medical intervention and hospitalisation. While these events have significantly interrupted all aspects of my life, they have also renewed my desire to persevere and ultimately succeed. I have gained a far greater appreciation of the little things in life, and have learnt much about myself and the world around me.
While the Covid-19 pandemic undoubtedly compromised access to training and competition, it also compounded the resourcing realities that can make our sport challenging from a funding perspective. Thus, I would greatly appreciate any support you might have available to help me reach my potential. All donations are greatly appreciated and anything over $2 is tax deductible through the Australian Sports Foundation.