Sidney Simard – Freeride Skier
I am a Freeride Skier from Bozeman, Montana. I prefer to ski at Bridger Bowl. I have been skiing my entire life, and started doing free riding events when I was 14. I have been able to achieve several podiums in many events in my skiing career, including third at the Subaru World Tour event in Big Sky, Montana last year, and several podiums in IFSA events. I am super stoked to announce that I got invited to attend the Freeride World Championships in Andorra this year to compete in the junior division! Recently I won the Freeride World Tour Qualifier in Chapelco, Argentina adding me to the world rankings. Overall I am incredibly passionate about Freeride skiing, and will be doing it for as long as physically possible
Aubrey Wall – Triathlete
After returning to Bozeman and completing an intensive recovery program, Aubrey soon discovered her love of triathlon after racing her first half ironman in 2015. Triathlon challenged her to view her body in terms of what it could do, rather than how it looked. Through her persistence, passion, and dedication, Aubrey soon found success in the sport she loves. She proceeded to race at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Mooloolaba, Australia in 2016, and will be racing the Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI October 14, 2017. Aubrey hopes to one day make racing her career, and is enjoying every moment of that pursuit.
A note from Aubrey:
A huge thanks goes out to my coach Paul Herberger and sponsors Epic Athletics, the Bozeman Barbershop and Shave Parlor, 4Letter, SAV, Gear Wizard, the Engineering Leadership Institute, and her newest sponsor Creek to Peak! I am so humbled by the amount of support I have received, and look forward to sharing my journey and passion with the Bozeman community!
Matthew Farina – Professional Sky Diver/Base Jumper
Dakota Nelson – Angler
This is Dakota Nelson, originally from the golden state California, he’s passionate about hunting, fishing, hiking, and racing motocross.
His future dreams include traveling across the country to see what fish he could catch. On his YouTube channel called “The Bassaholic” you can follow his fishing adventures and learn valuable techniques.
Usually, Dakota fishes in tournaments at his local lakes. One lake, in particular, known as Lake Oroville is his stomping ground and where a lot of tournaments take place.
He hunts just about anywhere he can and would never spend a hunting season by himself. He always likes to hunt with family, but most importantly he likes to be with his dad and grandpa because they’re the ones that thought him basically everything he knows.
You can follow Dakota’s adventures and learn more about him on his YouTube channel or Facebook.
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Ryan Shaw- Backcountry Angler
My name is Ryan Shaw, I am 21 years old and I am a native to upstate New York where I grew up on the Great Lakes and in the Adirondacks. I am an all-around fisherman, whether it’s working big jerk baits for Northern Pike, fly fishing for Steelhead or jigging through the ice for Yellow Perch I love fishing and never miss an opportunity to get on the water. My love for the outdoors is not limited to fishing I love backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, camping anything to keep me outside. I am currently going the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry where I am majoring in Natural Resource Management and Minoring in Watershed Management.
Ret. Ssg Michael Kacer – Wounded Veteran and Multi-Sport Athlete
Retired Army Staff Sgt. Michael Kacer, a native of Throop Pennsylvania, served in the military for more than ten years before his retirement in 2010. On June 18, 2008, Kacer and his fellow soldiers were playing spades in a building on a combat outpost when insurgents began firing 110mm Chinese rockets into the combat operations post. Kacer sprung up to react, when one of the rockets came in through a window, hitting the wall next to him resulting in injuries to his head, torso and the amputation of his left arm. The incident ended with Kacer receiving a six-inch fracture across the back of his head, three broken ribs, two collapsed lungs, severed intestines, and his left arm amputated above the elbow.
SSG Kacer is a soldier. He wears the same uniform and carries the same demeanor, same grit, and same determination as the countless others soldiers across the active and retired ranks of the U.S. Army. What sets Michael apart is an injury; an injury that hasn’t slowed down his desire to represent the Army in the military’s premier Paralympic style competition The Invictus Games. He’s made the US Team in 2014 in London medaling in 3 of 9, and in 2016 medaling in 4 of 9.
“The folks at Walter Reed Army Medical Center pushed me to compete, due to my competitive nature,” said Kacer. Competition and training is not just about recovery or physical fitness, it’s more about being in control of himself, and helping his nieces and nephews get more active.
SSG Kacer is a part of a small group of wounded soldiers who have not only spent long hours of rehabilitation to regain a sense of normalcy, but have taken their recovery to a whole new level. Since injury Michael has been an active member of the Achilles Freedom Team and other organizations to complete over fourteen marathons and numerous events and is currently training with the Military Paralympic Program for both track and swimming. Kacer has completed two New York Marathons, Army Ten Miler, Boston Marathon, Bataan Death March, Warrior Games, multiple Hope & Possibilities, Detroit Half Marathon and the Disney Half Marathon to name a few of his outstanding athletic accomplishments.
The Army feels Kacer’s motivation and drive inspires the rest of the team. Each injury has left their scars, but when he gets in the pool, or on the track, the only thing that can be seen is his competitiveness, and the desire to win.
Teddy Klark – Marine Corps Vet
I am a husband and father to two beautiful children, Abigail and Jack. I live in Pennsylvania where I work as part owner and Vice President of a garage door sales and service company called Penn Central Door. I am also part owner of a wildlife food plot seed company called North Ridge Wildlife Forage. I am also a team member of a four man bow hunting team that runs a social media site called PA Bowhunting. A team dedicated to creating an environment where knowledge and ethics can be shared.
My passions lie in bow hunting and fly fishing any and all species. I particularly love chasing mature Whitetail deer with a bow in hand, going in deeper and out smarting the toughest bucks. And chasing wild Pennsylvania Native Brook Trout in remote unknown waters. The more immersed in nature I am the stronger my connection to my personal faith becomes.
Being a father has brought me more joy than anything else in this world. But finding myself in the wilderness also puts a huge smile on my face. And life is so much better when you are wearing a smile, so pursue your adventure, whatever it is!
Jaden Stewart – Outdoorsman
My name is Jaden Stewart, and I am from Belgrade Montana. Growing up my older siblings always hogged the house which pushed me to get outside and love the outdoors. My dad taught me to ski, hike, and bike when I was very young and I held onto that as I grew older. I found that as I got older I became more involved in the sports I love now. I go Backcountry Skiing, Mountain Biking, Backpacking, Fly Fishing and so much more on a daily basis. I am always willing to try a new sport as long as it keeps me outside. My furry friend Yuki (Japanese for snow) is along with me every step of the. He and I always adventure into the outdoors together!
Paige Pavalone – Outdoorswoman
Paige grew up in the Endless Mountain Region of Northeastern PA. In 2000, she graduated High School from Carbondale Area and began to attend college at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. At ESU she studied Political Science and Communication Studies and spend a semester abroad in Ghana, Africa. In 2004, she set her sights west and found herself in Missoula Montana, attending Graduate School at the University of Montana. After college Paige worked for local law enforcement agency for several years as a Public Information Officer. Paige is a freelance photographer and owner of Pistol Creek Photography. She also works contractually as a marketing strategist. Paige, Cody, their three girls and five dogs reside in Missoula and love all things outdoors. She is an avid hunter, skier, fisherwoman, hiker and river rat! You name it she can do it and will!
Josh Suda – The Montana Sportsman
I got the bug to explore the outdoors at an early age, growing up on the outskirts of Portland, OR. Spending lots of time at our small cabin in the Oregon forest, Hunting, exploring, fishing and swimming in nearby rivers and streams.
I shot my first elk at young age of 15 in eastern Oregon. A spike bull that is still hanging in my house today. I had to wait until I was 23 yrs old to harvest my first buck that came two years after I moved to the beautiful state of Montana.
Arriving by train, I knew I found my Paradise. If I wasn’t fishing I was working and if I wasn’t working I was fishing.
After starting my family, My kids became fascinated by the deer, elk and the large fish I brought home. My son got the hunting bug at a very young age and he’s now the best hunting partner anyone could ask for. My daughter is a die-hard fishing woman and the best fishing buddy ever, the best of both worlds for me. I can’t forget my wife, she supports me in all my endeavors and encourages me to do more. I am truly blessed.
Living and being in this beautiful state I decided to start making little videos on a very inexpensive and basic digital camera to show my family the beauty of the area I get to live and play. I gradually upgraded my equipment and started taking more pictures and videos to capture my adventures. Only in the last several years, I have got to really explore this vast and diverse state. I have got to live a lifestyle some only dream about and I absolutely love every minute if it.
Natalie Blum – Ski Racer
Born in Billings and raised in Bozeman, Montana. Natalie has been skiing since she was 3 year old. Sparked by Mikaela Shiffrin’s first World Cup win on December 20th, 2012, a slalom race in Are, Sweden at the age of 17.
The 15/16 season was her last season of rec. race career. She finished her recreational career, participating in 13 races, 9 podiums and 3 wins in the 14-18 age group.
Joined the Bridger Ski Foundation U19 Alpine Team. The 16/17 season, she wore a letter bib at most of the Northern Division races including U16 Western Region Championships in Big Sky, Montana.
The 17/18 season, joined the Silver Run Junior Team. Now, has a career total of 111 race starts (21 race starts), 101 finished runs( 1 DNF race run), and 7 podiums. The 100th career start was during my FIS debut, 2018 Masters World Champs in Big Sky.
She played high school volleyball all four years in the fall. Her senior season, she got the Coaches Choice Award. She graduated from Shields Valley High School Class of 17.
Going into her 17th ski season, as a second year U21 athlete. She has decided to full-time train with the Silver Run Ski Team in Red Lodge, Montana.
Racing Northern and college races, she is a possible forerunner for the 2020 NCAA National Championships, hosted by MSU skiing at Bridger Bowl.
A note from Nat:
I would like to thank my parents and the Northern Division coaching staff. I would like to thank my sponsors, Creek to Peak, Slytech, Intermountain Sales and Atomic Skis. I have a great team behind me full of support. I could not do this without this support system in place. I will race as long as possible and always be involved in ski racing in some form.