Sprinting Towards a Dream

For: Jamey Parks
Organizer: Jamey Parks
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The Story

Hello Everyone!

 

My name is Jamey Parks and I have been raising support and funds since last Spring where I went to last year's World Sprint Championships in Moscow, Russia, but also for future opportunities in the sport of Paracanoe.  On July 18th I won a spot on the U.S. National Team for the 2nd year in a row and am in the process of raising funds to go to Milan, Italy.  Further, funding is badly needed for opportunities that relate to training and ongoing competition at the local, national, and international levels. In March of 2015 the Paracanoe community was hit with the unfortunate news from the International Paralympic Committee that there sport has been taken out of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Still, I continued training hard this year and am determined to continue with my pursuit of the World Championship and honorably represent the USA!  

 

Goals are things that I have had to achieve since my accident in February 1999. After being struck by an automobile while walking on the freeway, I faced an uncertain fate and future. Luckily, by the grace of God, I survived a high left leg amputation, cardiac arrest, kidney dialysis, and near paralysis. Since then, I have learned to walk on my prosthetic leg, earned a Bachelor’s and M.B.A. degree, got married, had children, and started my own business. I have endured 35 surgeries, always knowing that there is still much for me to give and accomplish in this world.

 

I started paddling in 2005 and was on a 6-person team that won a gold medal at the 2006 World Sprint Championship in New Zealand.  I competed again on a team at the World Sprints in 2008 and won two silver medals. After the Sprint Championships in 2008, I settled into my career and took a break from paddling. My wife and I now have three children and see this extraordinary development in our lives as a dream worth pursuing. 

           

 Now I am competing individually in the sport of Paracanoe. I am grateful for this amazing opportunity, and am committed to achieving the goals related to being a world-class athlete. I appreciate your willingness and dedication to support my dreams financially, and I promise to give you my best efforts while representing TEAM USA! Thank you in advance for your consideration.

 Sincerely,

Jamey Parks

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 22, 2015 by Jamey Parks

Hello everyone!
I am happy to say that I won a spot on the U.S. National Paracanoe Team this past weekend and will be traveling to Milan, Italy next month to compete in the  World Championships!  I did not want to start asking for help with this endeavor until I knew that I made the team again for the 2nd year in a row.  I successfully beat the two prior champions before me at Lake Lanier which was a tough task.  My time wasn't as fast as it had been in practice which really has me amped up going into World's. My coaches and I think that I can medal if I can paddle my race.  Please help me sprint towards this dream! I would be honored and humbled by any contribution or supportive comment that you can give. Thanks again!


Posted on January 11, 2015 by Jamey Parks
Dropped the few pounds gained over Christmas break this past week. Shoulder feeling good. Going to start working with Lynchburg College's Doctorate of Physical Therapy program soon with no injuries. Looking forward to that!

Posted on January 4, 2015 by Jamey Parks
Back from Christmas vacation with the family. Feeling great! Super focused on the task that lies before me.

Posted on December 14, 2014 by Jamey Parks
Thanks Dave and Traci for the support. You guys definitely are part of my support team. Staying the course is key As you said. Consistency and perseverance are the most important characteristics towards goal achievement. thanks for helping me keeping my mind in the game. 

Posted on December 8, 2014 by Jamey Parks
Hey everyone!
I wish you the best going into this lovely holiday season. I have been busy continuing to learn my new stroke.... No arms and shoulders just back and core. Let me tell you that my lower back and abs have been feeling it almost immediately. I am back in the weight room and swimming pool as well. Shoulder feels so much better. Just wanted to let my supporters to know that I have not stopped in this pursuit and it is going to be a long, wild ride these next two years! ?? Again, merry Christmas to you all!

Posted on August 27, 2014 by Jamey Parks
Got the new paddle this past weekend and used it today and on Monday. Got a race schedule update. Race in Raleigh is cancelled. Headed to NY to race the Rochester River Challenge on Sept. 13th. Staying at Bob Balks house on the 10th till race day. Being with a 6 time Paralympian for a few days is going to be an education!

Posted on August 19, 2014 by Jamey Parks
I am only as good as the support I receive. Please see if you can help me buy these necessary items that I need to successfully represent the USA through next year at Lake Placid:
Training at coaches house in NY with lodging for 2 seperate weeks: $1000
Concept II Rower - $1000
Paddling ergometer - $450
New paddle - $350
Race in Raleigh in September with fees and lodging - $250
Previous accumulated debt as of today - $3100
Miscellaneous going into Lake Placid next year - $500
Total: $6650

Posted on August 14, 2014 by Jamey Parks
Been a busy first few days back! Happy to be on American soil safe and sound. Feel blessed to be American. Monday was me and my wife's anniversary but it was derailed by a plumbing issue. Got that straightened out on Tuesday. Hit the lake yesterday and just got off of it just now. These next few months will be crucial in my development. Came back with lots of Intel that I am going to use to draw up a plan with my coaches. Looking to get an ergometer on a Concept II rower for the winter and possibly a larger paddle. I will be sharing my plans soon. 

Posted on July 29, 2014 by Jamey Parks
Friends! Leaving in exactly four days! I am only as good as the support I get! Please post to your walls. Any bit of money raised equals a lot. Thanks so much!

Posted on July 20, 2014 by Jamey Parks
Yesterday my times were a bit disappointing... Did a lot of yard work this week which may have tired me out a bit more than usual.  I did 4 200m sprints.  The last one was my best time after we adjusted the alma (the outrigger that helps counterbalance my weight) up.  A little more tippy but faster.  These small tweaks can help shave off a second or two which is what it did for me yesterday.  I am going to practice all week with this adjustment and look to fine tune this new stroke as well.  

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