Two time Olympic medallist and X Game ski cross champ Kelsey Serwa from Big White, BC. Spoke via video link to the Reston School and members of the Ron & Clair Deacon Leaders Pay it Forward Program on Feb 28. Serwa spoke about her positive routine to stay healthy, motivated and ready to race. She had just returned from competing in Russia and shared her stories of favourite places, inspiring people she looked up to, her training regime and how her career and love of sports began. Serwa told the kids about the story of her scholarship program she created to give back and make a lasting impact and encourage kids to get involved in sports and activities to stay healthy and happy.
She started skiing as soon as she could walk. With her grandfather, Cliff Serwa co-founding Big White Ski Resort in the early 1960′s it was inevitable that Kelsey would lead a life greatly influenced by the skiing community.
From the age of six Kelsey progressed from level to level in the Alpine world and in 2008, was named to the Women’s National Development Team for Canada.
Kelsey has always valued the importance of a solid academic foundation. She strongly believes in the values of balancing sport with school, using each to acquire life skills transferable from one discipline to the other.
Embracing opportunities, the avid alpine racer made the decision to try something new and transitioned to ski cross in 2009. Kelsey took the World Cup ski cross tour by storm, making a name for herself instantaneously and earning the prestigious “FIS Rookie of the Year” award.
With an entire community of family, friends, teachers and sponsors supporting her, Kelsey has earned 18 World Cup podium finishes, is an Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist, World Champion, 2-time X-Games gold medalist, 2-time Olympian, 2x – National Champion, 2-time South American Champion, and University student. Kelsey is the only Triple Crown winner, encompassing victories at the Olympics, World Championships and X Games. She is also the only ski cross athlete in the World to win multiple Olympic medals.
Never one to settle, Kelsey is still eager for improvement and has her sights set on becoming an overall World Cup champion and Physiotherapist in the years to come.
“We are lucky to have such an accomplished athlete and true all around inspiring Canadian” said Program Founder Richard Deacon, “I met Kelsey at her charity golf tournament this summer and knew the kids would love her story”.
Serwa encouraged the kids to look up one of her races and spread the word of the fast growing sport of Ski Cross.
The next Program guest as chosen by the kids is a Doctors Without Borders doctor Lanice Jones. ‘We are so thrilled with the variety of speakers that inspire our kids’ said Reston School Principal Dan Kristoff, I think many of the adult mentors and teachers like me get excited when we get to interview such cool people said Program Lead Kent Schiltroth.
For more information on the program contact the Reston School or email founder Richard Deacon firstname.lastname@example.org