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Where does a guy begin?  It’s been four months since the Paralympic Games in Sochi, where I was fortunate enough to be able to represent my country for the second time (first being Vancouver 2010).  To be honest I never really thought I would go to the games for a second time, in hindsight, I am glad that I did.

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Not because of the results per say, but more for the lessons learned throughout the build up and the actual games.  The year leading into Sochi was ominous to say the least, with a few major setbacks that challenged the very foundation of how and why I play sport.  For more insights on the matter, turn back a few pages on this blog to get a taste.

That being said, the biggest take away from Sochi for me was being apart of such a strong team of coaches, volunteers and support staff; who in my opinion created and executed a plan with unbelievable accuracy.  As a result I was able to perform my personal best, day in and day out, leading me to a storybook finish to the games.

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I am incredibly proud to call myself an athlete and even more proud to be a member of Team Canada.

Coming home from the games, all I wanted was some quiet time with my family to reflect on what had just happened.  That was a nearly impossible thing to achieve with all the amazing celebrations and opportunities that were to come, beginning with the best ever surprise at the airport when I first touched down after a very long journey home.

The following few months were filled with all sorts of celebrations, gatherings, baby shaking and hand kissing, from coast to coast across our amazing country.  It’s been an amazing run, one I am still in awe of.  There is no real need to recap every little detail, as it’s not the point of this story.  What I will say is that I am blessed to do what I do, travel where I can and meet the people whom shape my world.

In the busyness of the celebrations, travel, good times and constant planning of what’s next there has been little time for that deep introspection I so crave.  Which has made it challenging for me to determine how exactly it is I want to move forward in the coming chapters of my life, so in these times of abundance, I do my best to simply enjoy the moments, whatever they may be.

Let’s get down to what’s truly important to me, I’m a dad, and that is the peak of my life accomplishments.  She is creation in it’s purest form.  I’ve got a little person whom is bigger than me, already showing me the way.  Nova kicks ass, everyday.  She wakes up smiling and has this insatiable curiosity to explore the world around her, without judgment.  That in itself, has been such a powerful thing for me to see…

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Flipping back to moving forward question, it’s still a big one I contemplate regularly.

Right now I am juggling a few things – being a husband and dad, being a professional athlete / ski racer / storyteller and most recently working on a book; a memoir of my life story.   The balancing act is a tough one and ultimately I will need to make a decision where I want to invest most of my time and energy.  I may be able to sustain this load for a few months yet, I may not.  TIME will tell.

For the time being I am gonna juggle, and will do my best to keep you posted on my adventures as they unfold.  Keep your eyes open for more news on the book, as we are getting ready to launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise the much needed money to complete the writing, interview, editing and designs.

The act of telling your story is a way you actually become something. You constitute a sense of your own identity out of that storytelling.

Simon Schama

Thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings, I hope you enjoyed.

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