This Blog was created to share a story.
My name is David Walker. I'm a Junior Cross Country skier with big dreams and a love for learning, and this is my first summer outside of high school. When I graduated I made the decision to take a year "off" and make ski racing my first priority. I am also paying for my skiing almost entirely on my own for the first time in my life. However, when I graduated I had no idea how I would go about making enough money to ski, and I still wanted to attend a couple college courses. There was nobody who could tell me exactly how to maintain this new lifestyle, and there were no blogs talking about it either; so I saw a new opportunity to create a blog detailing what I am learning.
In this blog I will share my experiences. I will share my school and work schedules, my training and racing schedules, and explain how I fit it all in. This blog will outline my budget for the year, how much I spend every month on skiing and how much I earn. The end goal of my blog is to leave an example to younger athletes of any sport how they too can pursue their sport after high school. This blog is bigger than just David Walker and his ski racing. I hope to connect with a large and diverse body of readers.
I have no set timeline for when I will be posting. My focus will be the content of the posts; my insights, and experiences. When I travel for racing, one of my favorite things to write about is the cultural, social, and economic influences present in the community I visit. When I am training in the summer and fall I like to speak about my involvements in the community and some of the incredible training that I get to attend. But I will also post about opportunities for athletes at university and colleges from my experience and research. I will interview friends who are attending university full-time and are full-time athletes themselves, and I will post about their lifestyles. If I am lucky, I will find some athletes who have established themselves on the world stage and are willing to write guest posts for me about their story. A huge advantage to this blog is that my posts will have lots of variety and I can always find new material that will appeal to my audience. I encourage feedback and will take story suggestions.
My next post will outline my plan for the fall, and how I have been working on funding my skiing and finding time for school at the same time.
I'd like to thank my friends who have supported me with ideas and feedback for this blog, and especially Gareth Williams for the amazing banners on my "About" and "Goals" pages.
Until next time, cheers,