Welcome to my 2022 Paralympics Rally Campaign
Thank you for taking the time to visit my page.
Your support as I head into training for these next Paralympic Games is greatly appreciated. Being able to once again represent my country is the greatest honor I can imagine. Thank you for reading my story, and most of all thank you for your support.
- I am a medically retired United States Marine and a Paralympic Snowboarder. I recently competed in the 2018 Winter Paralympics in South Korea, and plan on competing in Beijing 2022. I am currently competing in the upper arm division for Snowboard Cross and Banked Slalom.
- My involvement in San Diego with the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station, Challenged Athlete's Foundation and Team Semper Fi has allowed me to witness the extreme bravery and resilience of combat wounded veterans and children with physical limitations as they take on their daily challenges with strength and determination! They help remind me to keep working towards my dreams and find a way to work through any limitations I might have! I hope that I can inspire others through my example, drive and determination, and give back in the only way I know how.
- My Boosters will be kept updated all along the way with photos and news of my training, events and races both here and on my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/spyv005
I am a medically retired United States Marine. It is with great pride that I can say, I have served two combat tours to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Afghanistan however, sent me home, after an explosion took my arm and left me with severe shrapnel wounds and a traumatic brain injury. While recovering through Balboas' Naval medical center, in San Diego California, I met some amazing people and made some friends for life. As a part of the Occupational Therapy program, they encouraged recovery through sports, one of those being snowboarding. I was sent to the Hartford Ski Spectacular where disabled veterans, and disabled athletes can learn how to snowboard, which was my case, or if they already know how to snowboard, they can work on improving. I skateboarded as a teen, and through Balboa, I was able to learn how to surf, spending my Thursdays at Balboa's surf clinic for combat injured veterans. So, when I got introduced to snowbaording, it all kinda transferred over and fell into place. After my first season of riding in 2014, I was hooked. I hadn't been riding for long when I got invited, by some coaches who saw me ride, to go ride with a team called Adaptive Action Sports, in Colorado. It's here where I set me sights on becoming a Paralympic Snowboarder. The last four seasons have been difficult, as most of my expenses are out of pocket, and with the International Paralympic Committee races being held all around the world, travel is vital to maintain your ranking in the IPC.
Your support as I head into these next Paralympic Games would be extremely appreciated. Being able to once again represent my country is the gratest honour I can imagine. Thank you for reading my story, and most of all thank you for your support.
Where will your donation go?
- 100% of all funds raised will go towards travel costs, race fees, equipment, and general training and housing expenses during the season.
- I would like to give a huge thank you to my family, friends and teammates who have supported me on this journey so far. Even the smallest words of encouragement have meant so much.
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