Welcome to my 2018 Winter Olympic Fundraising Campaign. Donations can be made at my GoFundMe webpage by clicking the the link; https://www.gofundme.com/2018-winter-olympic-campaign or the button above. Please read the description below and check out the prizes up for grabs on the ‘Fundraiser Prizes‘ page. Anyone who donates $25 or more is able to nominate or vote for an athlete on my ‘Mentor Program’. Please read this page on how to get involved!
During the past 8 months, I have relocated to Falun, Sweden to place full focus on making the levels of progression required for me to obtain my goals. Like any other year, this has come with it’s financial challenges. I worked more hours than any other year to make it possible, and whilst this takes it’s toll on the body when mixed with a full training load, my coach and I successfully set out a schedule that sent me close to my physical and mental limits. From endless technique focused workouts to being pushed to all new levels in interval sessions by some of the best skiers in Sweden it’s the most progressive period of training I have ever experienced. Thankfully my results earlier were showing great improvements with a top 15 in the OPA Alpen Cup and a 5th place finish in the Ostersund FIS international. Most recently I competed in the Pyeong Chang World Cup which was used as a test event for next year’s Olympic Games. Here I achieved a career best 31st place finish.
My main aim in this sport has always been to find my true potential – To push the limits of what’s possible with the resources I have available. Here in Sweden is where I know I can develop to my true potential in time for the next Olympics. The challenge I face is that next year I will not be granted a working visa for Sweden which restricts me greatly on how I can support myself financially. I return to Australia in late March however there will not be enough time to earn the amount required to continue to base in Sweden for the majority of my Olympic preparation period.
Whilst it is possible to train and work in Australia for the year leading into Pyeong Chang 2018, I strongly believe that I wouldn’t be able to continue progressing in the way that I have over the past year if I were to skip the Swedish summer training entirely. Ideally, I would like to return to Sweden on the 1st of May for the first week of structured training. I am committed to racing in Australia for the domestic season, however in ideal circumstances, I would treat this as a 7 week on-snow period away from the summer training in Sweden.
Many of you reading this are most likely aware that I haven’t had the most straight forward career when it comes to luck. I wouldn’t say I’m unlucky as a person, however when bad luck strikes it tends to hit hard. From a bike accident back in 2008 which resulted in major facial surgery to having my lung punctured by another competitors ski during an in competition fall shortly after the last Olympics. Yes, I have had to search for every piece of determination to get through some tough times, however I need to be honest and say that without the amazingly friendly and generous support from the ski community as a whole, my career would have ended long ago. The trauma and financial implications from my chest injury were career ending if I had of been on my own. The supportive messages, hospital visits along with incredible response to the fundraising campaign that was launched gave me the strength and opportunity to come back to my career in the shortest time possible. Skiing has shaped my life and I am so very grateful for the support I have received along the way.
Goals of the Campaign
I want this final year for me to really count. I want to make Australia, the local ski community, friends, family and fans proud of what I have achieved. I have more motivation than ever to meet my goals of a top 30 result in PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics and I want to inspire others to follow their dreams and fight hard for it, no matter the challenges they face. This fundraising effort is not just about enabling me to find my true potential for the upcoming Winter Olympic Games, however it is about the future of Cross Country Skiing in Australia. I want to work for the money that is donated by the way of giving back to the next generation of champions. This fundraising event is therefore combined with the start of my mentor program.
Two young athletes in the sport of cross country or biathlon will be selected to work with me for a 9 month period. Through personal training sessions, training plan assistance, domestic season race support along with mentoring sessions in world cup standard ski preparation, nutrition and mental preparation techniques, I believe I can greatly assists in the development of these athletes. Anyone who donates more than $25 to my campaign will also be directly contributing to the mentor program and will have the ability to vote for, or nominate their own athlete that they believe deserves this experience. Please check out my Mentor Program Page using either the button at the top of this page or from the home page of my website.
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