World Number One Paraclimbing Dream 2022

$15,245 of $15,000 goal
Given by 291 generous donors in around 5 months

NZ record holder unfunded by High Performance Sport, single mum trying to bring home a medal for my super powered daughter.

Whanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui

Kia ora.

My name is Rachel Māia and I am a New Zealand below the knee amputee Paraclimber. I am also a single Mum of three. My eldest is high needs and is one of 30 in the world with a rare chromosome special edition (we say super powered!). She brings some magical colours to my world and also some extreme challenges, but she is my biggest supporter, often waking us all in the morning with the national anthem blasting and waving a New Zealand flag.

I'm on a mission to bring home New Zealand first ever medal in Sport Climbing. There hasn't been a New Zealander on an IFSC podium in either able or paraclimbing and the latter feels so within reach for me! But after placing fourth in the 2018 World Championships and then fourth again in the 2019 World Championships covid brought the dream to a jarring stand still.

Through the nearly 3 year covid time warp I have continued to use climbing and exercise to manage chronic pain, a complication of my amputation, and to support mental health. And I've not given up the dream!

I have learned though that as they say it takes takes a village to raise children. It also takes a village to become a World Champion. I am trying to do both!

This year I will return to international paraclimbing for all three World Cups. I am so excited to see all the mahi and literal blood sweat and tears come to fruition, and I can not wait to hopefully bring home that so far elusive medal.

Any donation, big or small, towards training and travel would be so greatly appreciated. There is no wall in my city, and so training requires a minimum of a 3 hour round trip drive to reach a facility.

Paraclimbing is an unfunded Sport in New Zealand and the weight of raising it all oneself is stressful amidst training and parenting. But this has been a constant and evolving journey of self belief and not giving up, and I hope that my pathway to a podium for New Zealand will encourage everyone around me that with the right community and support, your dreams are possible.

If you're not in a place to donate, that's okay! Please hit share for me. Every share is valuable and appreciated!

I acknowledge it's awkward fundraising for sports when there are so many valuable and worthy causes in our sometimes messy world. I appreciate every one of you.

You are all my team.

Ngā mihi. Rachel.

Use of funds

Money will be spent directly on travel to training facilities, monthly training plans with my Paraclimbing coach in the USA, nutrition (proteins etc), High Performance Nutritionist care, and pending travel restrictions, the 2022 World Cups.

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Sponsorship a struggle for 3 confirmed World Cups, May - July, USA, Austria and Switzerland.  24 March 2022

Kia Ora!

Oh my goodness, the support on give-a-little so far has been mind blowing and I absolutely can not tell you just how thankful I am for each and every person who believes in this goal and is supporting the dream! Every little bit counts! And every share of this give-a-little link makes an impact.

3 IFSC Para-climbing World Cups are now locked in for May, June and July, in the USA, Austria and Switzerland respectively. With dates now confirmed and travel budget drafted for my two months over seas I am able to set this fundraising target and end date goal.

Unfortunately due to covid and self isolation measures, sharing costs with athletes from other teams around the globe, such as accomodation via a book-a-batch, has not worked out as hoped. Were one person in shared living quarters to test positive we would all be isolating and unable to compete. So the budget for two months overseas feels very steep and hefty at the moment and the anxiety is real amidst training, managing chronic pain and raising my three amazing kids.

I came across the term 'angel investor' this month. People who invest in other peoples dreams. I have three World Cups ahead of me, three chances to bring each of my children home a medal, I'm fully committed to doing the mahi and giving it my best, but the reality is I do need your help and support to get there.

So far I have no major branded sponsorships, with companies all struggling post covid. So for now the age old adage that a little goes a long way truly resonates right now. As an unfunded sport in New Zealand raising the funds remains the sole reasonability of the individual athlete and funds gifted each month via give-a-little are paid the following month, so if you've been thinking of adding a koha please do! And don't forget that sharing the link if you're not in a position to koha is just as valuable and much appreciated!

Nga mihi! I am beyond excited to share this journey with you all. Don't forget you can follow along with more regular updates by following @rachelmaianz on Instagram. Thank-you all for being angel investors in this goal!

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Sam 7 hours ago
An inspiration
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Go get 'em Rachel 💯 💪 NZ Speed team Mum
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Love watching your joy in this adventure ❤️ good luck and have fun!

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