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Mike Shaw

Mike Shaw | Vernon, BC, Canada

Known as a renown freeskier, Mike was demonstrating a simple nose butter 720 to the skiers he coached. Landing wrong, his feet came overtop his body like a scorpion, dislocating his C4/5 vertebrate. Initially, Mike was told he may never walk again but has experienced an incredible recovery, defeating many obstacles in his way.

His goals include; Ski touring in Revelstoke by Febuary 2021, he is looking for freedom and fulfillment in sport.


“Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone. Fear, failure, uncertainty, growth, progress, and success—the magic of life—they all coexist in that space where you’re pushing your limits”



$2,000 Winter Equipment (Ski, beacon, outdoor clothing)

The high fives grant is going to help me get back into the mountains to ski untouched powder!! I’ve set goals all the way along my road to recovery, and goals like getting back into the mountains help me feel like I’m working towards something bigger than just doing physiotherapy or gym training. It keeps me motivated to work hard, both on and off the mountain. When I get out in deep snow and feel the float of my skis underneath me now, it’s the most freeing feeling.

#HighFivesAthlete, Mike Shaw

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