Who is Team Starfish?

Team Starfish training group picture.Emily and guide dog, Olivia.

UPCOMING EVENTS

October 26, 2019

3rd Annual Chili Fundraiser

November 30 - December 7, 2019

Training Camp Invited by Alpine Ontario Club

January 23-26, 2020

Training Camp @ Sunpeaks, BC

March 15-20, 2020

CADS Festival Race Development Camp, Sunpeaks, BC

April 2-5, 2020

Training Camp @ Sunshine (Banff, AB)

June 26 - August 30, 2020

SUP Cross Training in Vancouver

 


 

My name is Emily but everyone on the hill knows me as Starfish. The hill has been my winter home away from home for around 12 years (6 of those years I've been snowboarding). I started out learning to ski through the Waterloo Track 3 program; a program which teaches children with disabilities how to ski. I picked up learning to ski rather quick and I loved being able to ski even though I can’t see on the hill due to being legally blind since birth.

One night, at my ski lesson, I learned that my guide/instructor who had been teaching me to ski ended up injuring herself so it was expected she was going to be off for the remainder of the ski season. One of the other guides asked me if I was interested in learning to snowboard. At the time my best friend, who also was blind, was learning how to snowboard so I thought to myself if she can snowboard then why can't I? So I said yes and immediately started to learn how to snowboard.

I won't lie. It wasn't easy to learn how to snowboard in the beginning as the balancing between skiing and snowboarding it quite a bit different however I loved the challenge of learning to snowboard. During this same time Para snowboarding was being developed to become part of the Paralympics and I thought to myself how awesome it would be to compete at the Winter Paralympics as one of the first blind adaptive alpine Para Snowboarders. 4 years ago I created a goal which I am still working on today but I'm determined to complete my goal. The goal you ask? Compete at the Winter Paralympics as one of the first Blind Adaptive Alpine Para snowboarder.

Para snowboarding made its debut at the Winter Paralympics in 2014. At that time only the lower limb category was able to participate. Currently they are working to develop the rest of the Para Snowboarding category, which includes my category, so in the meantime I have been working very hard both on and off the hill so that when the time comes I am ready. My original goal was to compete at the 2018 Winter Paralympics but due to my category still being developed my new goal is 2022 Winter Paralympics. I will keep working hard and every day brings us a little bit closer to making my goal a reality.

It takes a village to raise and train an athlete and I am very happy to have such a super awesome and supportive village that consists of family, friends, training team, sponsors and supporters all a part of my team. I am always looking for new supporters and sponsors to help me along my journey so if you know anyone or a company who would like to help me out please get a hold of me. Contact me by email trepanieremily@yahoo.ca.

Thank you
Emily AKA Starfish