My Story – Kris Atkinson – Canadian Freestyle Ski Halfpipe Athlete!
My name is Kris Atkinson, I am 25 years old and an amateur athlete in the sport of freestyle skiing halfpipe. Ever since I was a little kid, my dream was to become an Olympic athlete. I watched those athletes on TV compete with so much passion for their sport and saw only a fraction of a moment each athlete dedicated their entire lives to. I watched their faces fill with pure joy when they achieved their ultimate goals. Growing up and seeing what those athletes accomplished are what fueled me to realize my dream:
I want to be the next inspiring athlete on T.V. that has had their lifelong journey fulfilled; to show the world how hard and how focused I have worked and trained. I want to represent the country I love and show why Canada is the best at winter athletics!
The Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014 was my sport’s first Olympic debut. Unfortunately, I missed the games by a couple of spots, despite being in the top 25 in the world heading into the games. I decided my journey was not finished; I needed to continue on and push for this once in a lifetime dream.
The 2018 Olympics in Korea is the dream and probably the last chance I will ever get.
I am starting this campaign to raise enough money for the upcoming competition season in hopes to qualify for the Winter Olympic Games in 2018.
Last year, I lost my government funding despite being the highest ranking Canadian on the circuit. My parents and their generous financial support had also been hampered by the oil industry collapsing in Alberta. I work two jobs as a civil engineering technician and a general labourer between my training camps, but it simply is not enough to fund my training and competition costs. Having applied for every eligible athletic grant, but the funding is geared more towards the younger, up and coming athletes rather than the older, more experienced athletes.
I had always avoided seeking donations because there were people and organizations always needing it more than myself. Unfortunately, I am now faced with the prospect of having to retire due to lack of funding. I desperately need outside support as it is my only option to succeed and live my dream of going to the Olympics.
With your help, I hope to raise enough money for the competitions and training camps needed to qualify this year for the 2018 Olympics.
I am currently the top ranked Canadian freestyle halfpipe skier in accordance with the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (24th place worldwide ranking). http://www.afpworldtour.com/rankings/.
I have had 18 World Cup starts throughout my career, competed at 2 World Championships, 1 Jr. World Championships and 2 X-Games in 2012 and 2016. I have earned 3 podiums and an 11th place result at World Championships in 2015.
The money that I raise through this campaign will be used to fund the following season expenses:
New Zealand fall training camp - $6200
• Flights: $1600, Accommodation: $1400, Training camp fees: $3200
Colorado training camp and Copper Mountain, CO Grand Prix – $1600
• Flights: $500, Accommodation: $1100
Mammoth Mountain, CA Grand Prix - $1250
• Flights: $700, Accommodation: $550
Korea World Cup - $2000
• Flights: $1500, Accommodation: $500
France World Cup - $1850
• Flights: $1200, Accommodation: $650
Subtotal Campaign amount: $16,150
If you can afford it and have a passion for supporting excellence in sport, I would encourage you to consider funding me through this crowd funding effort. No amount will be considered too small and your support would be greatly appreciated by me and my family.
In addition, I also have an Aeroplan Campaign set up whereby you can donate your unused Air Canada Aeroplan miles. The link to that campaign is: