No-one is more acutely aware of this than Michael “Eddie” Edwards, a.k.a Eddie the Eagle, who gave Sam Haddad a revealing interview this month (coinciding with the release of the excellent biopic of his life). A working class lad, Eddie found himself shunned by the “old boy’s club” that was the skiing establishment and struggled to get the funding he needed to keep competing. But if his story teaches us anything, it’s that if you’re determined enough, a lack of money won’t stop you.
This is something Shayleigh Kitto also appreciates. Like Eddie, she comes from an underprivileged background but having been introduced to the sport by the charity Snow Camp (which Sam Haddad profiled this month) she’s now determined to become a ski instructor.
“We all [thought] it’s a rich sport, not something people like us get to do,” she told Sam. “At first that put me off, then I started skiing regularly at Hemel and it showed me a different side of things. How it’s not necessarily a rich sport. It’s easy to go skiing at Hemel.”
Stories like these prove that while enjoying these activities might be easier with money, having pots of it is not essential. Because when it comes down to it, what makes adventure sports really enjoyable is the sensation I felt after that run. The mixture of exhilaration and achievement that we call “stoke”. And you can’t buy that feeling.
Enjoy the adventure.
– Tristan, Editor-in-Chief
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