Going for Gold

Patience Beard is 24 year old graduate from University of Arkansas with a degree in Communication. She was born with Proximal focal femoral deficiency which resulted in having a below knee amputation. She moved to Phoenix last year from Colorado. She heard about our adaptive program at the Arizona Snowbowl from an adaptive program in Colorado. She emailed me and said she wanted to get into competitive racing. I told her that was perfect, because our non profit is looking to Branch out into racing, so we decided to have her be our first Adaptive snowboard racer. She came up most Fridays to train with me and a couple other instructors. She is super coach-able, and took to the training quickly and saw huge improvements in her riding. Northern Arizona Adaptive Sports Association sponsored her for her first  USASA race and she qualified for the national conference in Copper, CO this week. She raced in the Giant Slalom in the women’s adaptive category where she took first place. This is just the beginning of her racing career, I look forward to continuing to train her, and see how she progresses in the adaptive racing world. Her accomplishments are most impressive because she doesn’t have a sports specific prosthetic limb. We are looking for sponsor and scholarship opportunities for her to get a new prosthetic, while NAASA, our 501c3, continues to seek grant opportunities and other funding sources to continue to build the racing side of our adaptive ski school.  

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