Braydon Luscombe is a member of the Canadian Para-Alpine Skiing Team who has been sponsored by YVR since 2009. We like to periodically check in on Braydon, a voracious competitor, bright spirit and future representative of Team Canada at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Tell us a bit about your sport and why you love it.
I love the sport of Para Alpine skiing simply for the competition aspect. I have always been a competitive person. I like to be a part of the growing sport and para-alpine skiing is a sport that isn’t too well-known yet. In the years since the Vancouver 2010 Paralympics, para-alpine skiing has grown a lot and is starting to be recognized more.
How is your season going?
This is my first season in full gear with the World Cup team. It has been a big difference and I have to make some changes to adjust to the different level of competition. It has been a great journey so far and I am loving it. Completing World Championships this week and consistently placing in the top 10 or just above has given me good confidence leading into the Paralympic Games of 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
You travel a lot for competition. What’s it like travelling to airports all over the world? Do you have a favourite place to visit?
Travelling is one of the best parts of being on the team. Visiting so many different neat places, experiencing all the different cultures. The airports are quite an experience. You definitely learn to use your resources when you don’t speak the language, and you need to find the information desk or find your lost luggage. It’s one of the most difficult parts of travelling but one that you learn the most from. Definitely my favorite place to visit so far has been Saas Fee in Switzerland. We fly into Zurich, then drive past Lake Geneva and into the mountains to get to Saas Fee.
Are you looking forward to Sochi? What are your goals while you’re there?
I’m looking forward to both the World Cup Finals and the Paralympic Games in Sochi a lot. I had a few solid finishes here at World Championships in La Molina, Spain, and I’m hoping to carry that over into World Cup Finals in Sochi.
After all that globetrotting, it must be nice to come home (Duncan, B.C.). What is the best part about arriving back in Canada?
Two things: Being with the family and friends again after being away for roughly a month at a time and all the while struggling with internet connections. And of course your own bed. It’s the best feeling after being in hotel rooms for such long periods of time and the single hard mattress beds. The best sleeps of my life are the first and second nights home after a long trip.
To learn about Braydon and the team, visit the Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team's website.