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Mark's hopes for the Slopes

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Lakeside Community Centre, Benalla

Benalla, VIC 3672

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Mark Soyer is an elite disabled athlete, ranked Australia’s No. 1, Olympic sit-skier, with a world ranking just
outside the Top 20.
Remarkably, although he has been nominated to train with the Australian Paralympic Ski squad with a view to
representing his country at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, he has no
sponsorship – and even more remarkable is that his ranking both nationally and internationally, has been
achieved despite spending 75% less time on the snow, training & competing, than his nearest rivals. Perhaps
even more remarkable still, is that he has managed to self-fund his skiing achievements from his own savings &
small fundraising initiatives from those closest to him.

Chasing that elusive Gold Medal, Mark was competing at the World Championships earlier this year when he
had a fall at 130 kph and dislocated his right shoulder.
Two days later he had to pull out of the Slalom heat of the Super-combined when his shoulder let him down
again. Despite being disappointed with his results, he came away still ranked top 30 in Slalom, Super G and Supercombined disciplines.
Immediately upon return to Australia he saw a surgeon, underwent shoulder reconstruction followed by four
months of rehabilitation and is now fit, strong & hungry. Unfortunately, surgery and rehabilitation deprived him of the ability to earn an income for four months. He must meet following costs.

Breakdown of costs to compete at Pyeong Chang:
Compulsory training November 2017: $16,000
New bucket (Seat) for his sit ski: $ 3,000
New race skis and training skis: S 2,500
Air fares: $ 2,500
Loss of income: (Training) $10,000

To assist Mark in funding part of his expenses, a charity fundraiser auction is being organised. This event is still being planned, although planning is well advanced further details relating to the event shall be posted on Facebook.

Ticket Sales are not available at the door on the night.

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