As a Canadian elite athlete, representing my country and trying to make a living doing what I love, my journey to where I am today has not been easy. As we all know, besides those NHL’ers, and the few other athletes across the country that make big bucks, most athletes work their butts off every day simply for the love of their sport. It does not come as a surprise to most that I like to talk a lot and meet new people, even if this may annoy my teammates at times. This has led me to have a better understanding of Canadian sports, from the perspective of summer and winter athletes, in both team and individual sports. With the friendships I have made around the globe in the last decade, I have shared many conversations with athletes about the personal values and life lessons we have learned from our sports. The key value I have learned over the years is one which can be easily over looked, and that is gratitude.
I cannot count how many retired athletes from different sports have suggested I start to remind myself now, to take a moment, assess my current situation and acknowledge how grateful I am to be doing what I do for a living. Understanding the value and importance of gratitude, I have come to recognize that I have the opportunity to make a difference in other peoples’ lives. I am not on TV commercials or billboards along highways, but what I do as an elite athlete, representing my country year round, competing in International events, I know is so much more than that. I have the opportunity to inspire and influence the future of young people’s lives, lives of children that are growing up in today’s world with far, far less than I had as a child.
With this, I am thrilled to announce my RACE FOR PLAY campaign.
With my commitment to sport and the support of my sponsors, I will be raising money for Right to Play, a Canadian organization I represent as an athlete ambassador. For every Ski Cross race that I enter this season, my sponsors and other individuals have generously agreed to support my campaign by donating $50 to Right To Play. It is on average $50 for a child to enroll into Right To Play activities for an entire year, anywhere around the world. With the collaboration of my team of support, we are giving children across Canada and overseas a better future.
A few years ago I had the opportunity to experience first hand Right To Play’s efforts. We traveled to their Tanzanian headquarters and participated in the organization’s youth programs. This is the reason why I am so closely connected to the organization. Right To Play uses the power of sport and play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Through games and sport Right To Play helps children build essential life skills and a better future while driving social change in communities with lasting impact.
Please join my campaign by donating $50 for every race I enter this season to an organization that means so much to me-
My first Ski Cross World Cup of the 2014/2015 season is this weekend in Nakiska, Alberta!
We all have the power to make a change in this world. Let’s make it happen.
Thank you for your time and interest in my campaign!