SVSEF provides ski and snowboard programming to nearly 700 athletes in the Wood River Valley. Athlete of the Week is an opportunity to highlight individuals who embody the values championed by this organization; sportsmanship, citizenship, character, teamwork, creativity, passion and perseverance.
Will Ring, 14, Cross Country Prep
Cross country skiing in and of itself is challenging; take out the functionality of an entire arm, and that challenge naturally increases. Never once has Will voiced a complaint about his predicament, nor has he tried to get out of a workout because of it. We have been constantly impressed by his ability to stay engaged, to challenge himself, and to hold himself to a high standard, despite an inherently frustrating situation.
Last weekend, Will opted to compete at the Intermountain Youth Championships, held in Jackson as the culmination of the race season. As a U16, he competed in all three events, which included two 5km races. We’re really proud of Will’s hard work this year, as well as his great attitude. We really enjoy having him on the team. Julia Seyferth
Gyzzelle Monjaras, 9, Rota-Rippers
At the beginning of the Rota-Rippers program, she could barely ski, having a hard time getting off the lift and making it down from tower two on Rotarun. But Gyzzelle was so determined to learn, had such incredible enthusiasm, and put forth so much effort, that she can now ski powder like a little champ!
What really sets her apart from the rest are her huge smile, new-found love of skiing, willingness to try anything, kindness to her teammates, and incredible persistence. She came to team come rain or shine, never once went inside, and even worked through a twisted ankle in some scary white-out conditions.
Her attitude and hard work and the little words, “can we please ski some more powder” made coaching her a truly fun experience!
We hope to see you on our Badly Devo Team, Gyzzelle! Susanne Connor