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.