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Trevor Kennison

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12-1

Further personal information

Residence
United States
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He grew up snowboarding from age four, and after his accident he took up Para skiing in 2015. "I grew up snowboarding and then after high school I decided to become a plumber - hard work, obviously, but good money - but after two years I got kind of sick of it. My heart and passion has always been the mountains of Colorado. When I was 12 my family had taken a trip out west and I just loved it. I moved out here to Eagle in 2013 and got a plumbing job but also, of course, came for snowboarding."
Why this sport?
After recovering from his accident, his sister took him to try Para skiing, and he became further involved through the High Fives Foundation. "About a year after the injury I was getting back out on the slopes with my sister, and Craig Hospital asked me to go on this ski trip in Crested Butte - I had a one-on-one instructor with a goal of doing a black diamond in five days, but I did it in three. When I got in touch with High Fives they invited me up to a three-day Paralympic camp in Tahoe in February 2016. They selected me to go to Loon, New Hampshire, for nationals - I went and got my ass handed to me, but it was good to get my foot in the door."

General interest

Hobbies
Supporting US American football team the New England Patriots, playing sports, freestyle sit-skiing. (paralympic.org, 17 Sep 2021; sentinelsource.com, 20 Sep 2015; Aspen Real Life YouTube channel, 02 Feb 2018)
Injuries
He broke his shinbone in January 2018, which required surgery and sidelined him for several months. (Aspen Real Life YouTube channel, 02 Feb 2018)
Other sports
He swam at junior national level in the United States of America before his injury. (Aspen Real Life YouTube channel, 02 Feb 2018)
Famous relatives
His father was a marathon runner and competed in multiple Boston Marathons in the United States of America. (Aspen Real Life YouTube channel, 02 Feb 2018)
Ambitions
"I want to definitely go to the Paralympics, the X Games, [try] heliskiing, have a degree in maybe business or accounting and do motivational speaking." (mtntownmagazine.com, 05 Dec 2017)
Impairment
He has partial paraplegia as a result of a snowboarding accident in November 2014. He caught the leading part of his board in the snow as he was attempting a jump. He fell from 40 feet onto his back, resulting in him fracturing his T11 and T12 vertebrae. "I laid in the snow above Vail Pass [Colorado, United States of America] for two hours in a blizzard. Later I had surgery at St. Anthony Hospital in Denver: 12 screws and two 12-inch rods in my back. I'm like Wolverine, you know?" (sentinelsource.com, 20 Sep 2015; highfivesfoundation.org, 14 Jul 2016; deadspin.com, 15 Jan 2019; mtntownmagazine.com, 05 Dec 2017)
Other information
SPORTING FAMILY
He credits the influence of his parents, who were both involved in competitive sport. "My parents were marathon runners. My dad did 27 consecutive Boston Marathons and three Ironman [races] and my mum played semi-professional soccer. I came up in a sport family and they always pushed me hard to do sports and do well in school." (Aspen Real Life YouTube channel, 02 Feb 2018)