Yukoner to compete at extreme snowsports event
Disabled snowmobile racer fulfils lifelong dream
Yukoner Darryl Tait is heading to Colorado next month to compete in the adaptive snocross race at the X-Games, known as the Olympics for extreme snowsports.
Tait lost the use of his legs in a snowmobile crash at an extreme snowsports event more than three years ago. In this race he'll be competing against riders with paralysis or who are amputees.
"It's been a goal since I was a kid," he said.
"I wanted to compete in freestyle snowmobiling, but now there is an opportunity of racing as a person with a disability, so I'm not doing necessarily freestyle, but I'm doing it. I'm there at X Games and I feel that's a goal in itself."
He said the adaptive snocross race involves racing his snowmobile on a track full of jumps and corners. He said he'll be training hard over the holidays in part to get used to modifications made to his snowmobile.
Tait said he's had a lot of help along the way.
"There's been so many people involved, all my friends, it's been a long go and they've supported me the whole way and they've had my back," he said.
Tait will be heading to Aspen early to give his body a chance to get used to the elevation. It's about four times higher than Whitehorse.