Photo Credit:  Brandon Kidd

Photo Credit: Brandon Kidd

“Sport, specifically skiing has been a profoundly transformative sport for me which is why I wanted to share it with SheLift girls. Growing up, I never took an interest to sports or outdoor activity because my confidence was so low that I always assumed I would look foolish attempting activities designed for “able-bodied” people. I was so concerned with perceptions and my image, that I missed out on experiences that had the ability to change my life completely. I was 25 years old when I decided to face my fears and attempt skiing for the first time – despite how ridiculous I thought I was going to look. I was instantly hooked by the adrenaline of realizing I was actually GOOD at something. As I began to progress, I started to care less and less about what others thought of me on the mountain and began to push myself more. I soon realized that with each new run I came down faster and better, my confidence skyrocketed. This confidence translated into a new-found self-acceptance that didn’t come from anyone else’s approval or acceptance of me, it was 100% self-made. That’s when I knew I had to share this magic with others. I wanted to create a program that challenged girls to take risks in order to overcome something that’s held them back in life, and I wanted the risks to be designed around outdoor adventure sports.”