My name is Megan Farrell and at 24 years old, I am the top ranked female in alpine snowboarding in North America, two years running. I have been snowboarding since I was 4 and started competing at 6. I am now a member of the Canadian National Snowboard Team.
My long-term goal is to compete, and podium, at the Olympics. Last season, I won the title as the overall North American Champion and therefore have qualified for all of the FIS World Cup starts this season. This is the path to the Olympics.
My career in Canada began at the age of 16 when I was eligible for my first Canadian National race. By 17, I was the only Canadian woman selected to compete in Junior World Championships. In my final year of high school, I won two gold medals at North America races (NorAm circuit) and won third place for the overall NorAm Cup. At Canadian Nationals that year, I placed second overall for women and was the youngest female to be selected on the national team for alpine snowboarding.
After competing for a year full time, I decided to go back to school and get a degree in Environmental Studies. I graduated in 4 years with Honors from Queen’s University all while balancing snowboarding. In my final year of university, I won Canadian Nationals and claimed the overall title in the NorAm circuit despite having to miss a majority of the races due to school. Having achieved my academic goal, I have been focusing 100% on snowboarding.
While I am honoured to represent Canada, snowboarding is a very costly sport. It comes as a surprise to most people to learn that the support from Canada only accounts or 25% of my total expenses. The National Team program includes training camps and races around the globe. I am required to spend several months in Europe, and travel to Russia, Bulgaria and the Pre-Olympic event in Korea. This summer, I also had a month long training camp in Chile.
With my busy training and racing schedule, I can only work part time for 3 months of the year in the summer. My parents have been my biggest supporters and provide room, board and access to a vehicle to drive to NorAm’s, my job or the gym when I am in Canada. I really rely on my sponsors to help pay for my expenses. My goal is to medal at the Olympics. This season is critical for my plan to compete in Korea in 2018.
Thank you for your time and consideration in helping me towards the 2018 Olympics! I can’t do it alone!