It's strange how life throws things your way! Sometimes, it's stuff that isn't so great, that tests your ability to deal with those curve balls we all have to live through. Other times it's a sweet surprise, something you had never given much thought about, but instantly becomes a love! This was the case with the sport of Para-Bobsleigh. It all started during the last day of my amazing experience with the Rick Hansen Relay. I had been on the road for approximately one month wheeling from Winnipeg, Manitoba to Calgary, Alberta. I had had such a once in lifetime experience, that I didn't want it to end, when I met Christina Smith. Christina was the first female pilot for Canada in Bobsleigh at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. After her Medal Bearer segment, Christina approached me, and asked if I would be interested in trying out Para-Bobsleigh. The sport had just begun, and she was recruiting for new athletes to participate, and she spoke of the goal to have it included into the Paralympics in the future. I took part in a pilot training school, and fell in love with the sport immediately!!
After more training, and some races, I am now proud to represent Canada in the next few weeks, in the first Official World Cup races for Para-Bobsleigh!