My Journey as a Paralympian
I started by pushing myself relentlessly during rehabilitation at the hospital. During my accident, I hit a guardrail at 120 kph, and the damage to my body beyond my amputated leg was severe. After eight months, I’d rehabilitated to the point I was able to get back on my snowboard. I found a local, grassroots snowboarding program and was assigned a coach with a background in Boardercross. From there, I spent every hour I could relearning how to board and stay upright. Many moments were rewarding; many more were frustrating. People told me the 2014 Paralympic games were out of reach, but I used their doubt as my motivator.
Just 2 ½ years later, still healing emotionally and physically from my accident, I became Canada’s first female Paralympic snowboarder. I wasn’t ready to stop there; I worked incredibly hard and eventually stood on 14 World Cup podiums and finished 4th and 5th in the 2018 Pyeongchang Paralympics.