Thursday January 17, 2013
Leah Boardman of South Burlington has been selected as one of three Vermonters to represent the United States Special Olympics Team in Seoul, South Korea at the 2013 World Special Olympics. Boardman is one of only 157 athletes in the country to be a member of TEAM USA; she will compete in three alpine skiing events: slalom, giant slalom, and super giant slalom from January 29th through February 5th. There will be over 3,400 Special Olympians from countries around the world participating at these games. The world games are being held at the Alpensia Mountain Resort in PyeongChang, South Korea.
The World Games are flagship events for the Special Olympics Movement. They take place every two years and alternate between Summer and Winter Games. The Games can be the world’s largest sporting event of the year. Thousands of athletes, coaches, volunteers and supporters attend to see and cheer the skills and accomplishments of people with intellectual disabilities.
“My first skiing experience was when I was nine months old, riding in a backpack with my Dad,” Boardman says on her profile page. “I started skiing on my own skis at age three. I love skiing with Special Olympics and won a gold medal at the national race this past winter. I am very excited and honored to be part of TEAM USA and promise to do my best to win a medal! “
Boardman has received an outpouring of community support and has raised over $8,000 for the Vermont Special Olympics; her goal is to raise $10,000. The Alpine Shop in South Burlington is a huge sponsor for Boardman. Owner Andy Kingston said, “As a family-owned Vermont business for nearly 50 years, the Alpine Shop has always believed in supporting the local community as much as possible. The Special Olympics Vermont is one of the organizations that is near and dear to our hearts. We are so proud to have found a way, with the sponsorship help of Volkl, Marker, Head, POC and Scott, to equip Leah with world-class alpine race gear and apparel. She is already a champion to us and regardless of the outcome of her races, she will be a great ambassador for Vermont and the U.S. on the world stage in the Republic of Korea.”
Boardman attended FHTMS and South Burlington High School, graduating in 2011. Currently she is a student at the University of Vermont in the Think College Program and works part time as a chef assistant at Pillsbury Manor. Leah’s parents are Jay Fayette and Susan Boardman Fayette of South Burlington and Owen Boardman of Underhill, Vermont.
If you are interested in donating, please visit: www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/leahboardman/sovt2013southkorea
SOURCE: Special Olympics Vermont