At age 12, I was a promising motocross athlete who already aspired to be a future champion and make it a professional career. In 1993, at age 16, I had a serious accident damaging my spinal cord, and became a paraplegic. Within three short years, I began competing in wheelchair races. I narrowly missed qualifications for the Paralympic Games in Sydney in 2000 and those of Greece in 2004.
After 5 years of retirement from the track as a wheelchair racer, I became Canadian National champion in paratriathlon in my very first year of competition! I finished with a bronze medal the following year at the World Championships. This began my return to top-level competition and a new opportunity to return to the Paralympic Games in an exciting new sport for athletes with disabilities.
This year I am ranked 14th in the world for my sport out of more than 50 international competitors with their sights set on competing at the Rio Paralympic Games this summer. With your support, I will earn the necessary points required to represent my country in the Games. The first stop on the Road to Rio begins in Sarasota Florida with our Continental Championships, then three World Cup races in exciting (albeit expensive) locations such as Yokohama Japan, Penrith Australia and Bensancon France. These races require airfare, hotel and ground transportation funding upwards of $2,000 per race. Every dollar you donate helps me get one step closer to competing with the best in the world.
Thank you for your consideration and your extreme generosity in supporting this paratriathlete’s dream of racing in the Paralympic Games. EVERY dollar is utilized towards racing, training and travel, and it takes your support to get there.