An inspiring story was told this morning in the UBC Okanagan Gym when Canadian Olympic hero Mark McMorris talked to the students from Aberdeen Hall on his Olympic medals, the Olympic experience, and the journey from a near-fatal injury in his sport to a bronze medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, only 11 months after a snowboarding accident.
Assembled in the 'Furnace' on Monday morning was the entire Grade three to grade 12 student body of the private school located just up the hill from UBCO on Academy Way to see and hear the Slopestyle medal winner. The head athletic therapist for the Heat, Jeff Thorburn, and the strength and condition coach / athletic therapist, Kevin Phillips listened to McMorris and his tale of perseverance and rehab with awe and respect.
An inspired Phillips captured the moment with an Instagram post after meeting the Olympian.
Aberdeen Hall G3-12 students attend a presentation by Mark McMorris,— Aberdeen Hall (@aberdeenhallPS) May 7, 2018
Canadian professional snowboarder on perseverance at UBCO this morning ����#aberdeenhall #voicesonchoices @markmcmorris @ubcokanagan pic.twitter.com/eGDUqX01e0