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Help my son to achieve his goal to qualify for the New Zealand Paralympic Team

Closed Cause page created in the Sports category by Diane Thurston for james thurston

$4,240 donated
Given by 48 generous donors in around 12 months

My son, James, has the opportunity to train in the USA for a place in the NZ Paralympics team.

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  Manawatu / Whanganui

In June 2012, the life of my eldest son,James, and of our family was changed forever. James was a passenger in a car which crashed at high speed. There were no seatbelts available for the rear seat and James suffered a spinal injury which left him paralyzed from the hips down. This was just before his 20th birthday.

He has always been fearless and determined, and these qualities have aided in his recovery. However he is also a very active person, who had been involved in motocross and downhill mountain biking before his accident. He could use a quad bike, but using this resulted in medical issues which delayed his return to an independent life.

Finally, about 2 years ago, he was able to move into his own home and hoped to move forward with his life. Unfortunately, he was unable to find a job or a sport to put his energy into. With a minimal income from ACC, he began to become depressed for the first time since his accident.

Then he discovered sit skiing. He was good at it - and very fast! Even with his limited experience he was noticed by SnowSport NZ and offered the opportunity to join their development team.

He now has a very real chance becoming a member of the NZ Paralympic team and even attending and competing in the 2022 Beijing Paralympics.

In order to achieve this, he needs to attend a training school based in Colorado. This training will be over a 4-5 month period and he will need to live in the US over that time. He will have the opportunity to compete against top athletes and qualify in top level competitions.

This will involve a very large expense and, on his return to NZ, he will then need to move to the South Island of NZ to continue his training, which will require more expenditure.

As his family, we are doing what we can to support him, but we also need your help and support in order for him to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity. James is smart, determined and fully committed to this. He has already attended 2 training sessions in NZ and proven his potential. Your help will assist him to move forward and achieve his goal.

Diane Thurston's involvement (page creator)

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for my son - a chance to succeed in a sport for which he has developed a passion. His Father and I are enormously proud of how he has overcome the challenges he has faced and fully support his aim to compete in the next Paralympic games

Use of funds

Funds will be used for equipment and living costs to enable James to train and compete at an international level

Latest update

Wells Fargo Cup  2 March 2019

Posted by: Diane Thurston

Amazing weekend skiing at the Wells Fargo cup raising funds for the National Sports Center for the Disabled. Was privileged to be teamed up with the HENSEL PHELPS team and in an amazing turn of even managed to take second place in the teams event ( actually tied for first 😉). Super proud to help such an amazing team make the podium, was a first for the team and myself being up there. DynAccess Ltd getting me the best gear to race on 👌🏻

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Tracey Wilson
Tracey Wilson on 19 Feb 2019
Hemi on 09 Feb 2019
Go live your dream. All the best mate.
Laurie Howell
Laurie Howell on 25 Jan 2019
Good Luck James. Your Mum and Dad are very proud and sharing your stories.
Harry & Delwyn
Harry & Delwyn on 14 Jan 2019
J Nation
J Nation on 14 Jan 2019
Go James!!!

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