There are many things that inspire me, however, none more than the people I got to play with at the Vancouver Adaptive Snowsports Society (VASS) Ski Race on Grouse Mountain a few weeks ago. VASS has been working with Grouse since 1974 to help disabled athletes reach their full potential out on the slopes.
Team Harbour Air comprised of Kim Duess, Simon Beller, myself and disabled skier Phil Chew of Whistler as we challenged 28 other teams in the dual slalom event.
Phil lost his leg to cancer 25 years ago and although he may be disabled, it was awe-inspiring to see him fly through the gates on his first practice run.
I was paired with my sweetheart Kim and I had one goal: Kick her butt! After two runs I had edged her out by inches and my celebration could be heard throughout the mountain. Simon was in his own personal battle with Phil and after getting beaten on run one, he fought back to take Phil on the second run.
This day was not about us, instead it was about watching in awe as athletes ripped up the course regardless if they were missing a leg, an arm, sitting in a sit-ski or were sight impaired. It was awesome!
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