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Soccer Nova Scotia

Jeremy Page

Dreaming of a snowy victory

During peak summer months while bathing suit clad Nova Scotians are flocking to beaches, Jeremy Page can be found dreaming about snow coveredSki Martock. Regardless of what the weatherman says, for the 19 year-old provincial champ, snowboarding is a way of life.
Jeremy strapped on his first board when he was only eight-years-old. Since then he hasn't looked back.
"My whole life snowboarding has given me a place to be," Jeremy says.
At first he joined the Nova Scotia Snowboarding Association (NSSA) and competed locally, but it wasn't long before his trainers recognized his athletic potential. By 14,Jeremy traveled with the NSSA to the national competitions in Quebec. The Nova Scotian team competed,and by the end of the day they’d proven that the East Coasters were a force to be reckoned with.
Since that first competition, the self-described snowboard junky has been on the road with his NSSA teammates each season.
"We’re like a family pretty much, traveling and living together,” he says. 
At this point, Jeremy knows that snowboarding is his future and he works towards his athletic goals year-round. During the summer Jeremy’s training schedule includes daily dry-land training and hitting the gym two or three times a week. He’s also recently started a specialized snowboard-training program at Titans Gym using an Olympic trampoline.
“When I get up in the morning I look forward to my day of training. Whether I like it or not, snowboarding is always on my mind,” says Jeremy.
Jeremy hopes that his hectic training schedule will prepare him for his biggest competition yet. He has been named as one of the best junior snowboarders in Canada, and from August 21-31, 2010 Jeremy will represent his country at the 2010 FIS World Snowboard Championships in Wanaka, New Zealand.
"A lot of people don't think that snowboarding can go big in Nova Scotia but boarders like Sarah Conrad and Alex Duckworth have proven that if you continue to work hard,then your goals will pay off," says Jeremy.
This event marks the first time a FIS World Championship will be hosted by New Zealand and it’s also the first time that snowboarding and freestyle skiing will share the same stage in a world championship. The competition will include six snowboarding disciplines: halfpipe, snowboardcross, parallel giant slalom, parallel slalom, big air and Slopestyle.
"Going to New Zealand will definitely open new doors for me. I usually compete in Canada, like Quebec or Calgary, but having the chance to compete on a global scale will change everything," says Jeremy.
Until recently, Jeremy’s dreams of traveling internationally seemed out of reach, and after years of training, the world championship in New Zealand was uncertain. The trip is extremely expensive and Jeremy’s family simply couldn’t afford it.
“My parents have been very supportive both financially and emotionally. They've always encouraged me to do my best and they volunteer to organize all of the competitions. But we priced the trip every possible way. It was just too expensive," Jeremy explains.
Although they couldn’t afford to send him, Jeremy’s family was determined that he wouldn’t miss out on such a tremendous opportunity due to finances. The cut off age for juniors’ snowboarding is 19 and if they waited another year Jeremy wouldn’t qualify.  
With funding from the Support4Sport program Jeremy will join his Canadian teammates on the slopes in New Zealand. The program has made it possible for him to compete, but Jeremy knows that at the end of the day it’s his drive to succeed that will take him all the way.
"I know that training every day will eventually pay off. I’ve always been told that if you put your mind to it, you can do anything."


Falmouth, NS
44° 59' 50.8308" N, 64° 9' 27.9108" W


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