This is a biggie. Our personal power to choose. There are many factors that come into play when embarking into the journey of Sledding. Gone are the days of the redneck Badass as our beloved sport of sledding has transformed into a well respected past time enjoyed by many women, men and children. We have a responsibility to the younger generation who watch us closely, as they decipher the next, most “Turbo Rad” move they want to mimic. The typical stereo type of “here hold my beer and watch this” has dissipated, replaced by the many high profile riders who are advocates for avalanche training and responsible stewardship of our riding areas. Many a charity has been facilitated by the riders of today.
The Betties Power Sports Network, a group of motivated and passionate women, are all about giving back. Raffles and contests with the proceeds being awarded to the Canadian Avalanche Centre are to be common place. It is a responsibility for those who are considered High Profile to use their platform to make a difference they believe in. This mindset is what draws most to the Betties Power Sports Network. It’s more than a Movie, it is a way of being. Monetary donations to the Avalanche Centre are only one facet of the “pay it forward” mentality. The Betties Power Sports Network isn’t about sensationalizing 'The Best' in the industry, it is about inspiring others to be their best or to try the sport if they haven't yet. Uplifting those who may have lost their confidence in an informal relaxed setting. Many a Bettie can be seen making the familiar wave in the air “Do it again” to the woman who thought she couldn’t even do it once. Riding takes confidence, which builds skill. Ask yourself this question, how many triumphs have you conquered thinking you couldn’t do it? None. It comes from believing, and usually the precurser to believing in yourself is someone believing in you. This is HUGE. We all need Support to build momentum. A Network of support... like The Betties Power Sports NETWORK.
Make positive choices. Choose to be educated, and choose to follow the rules. Land closures may seem trivial, pointless, and unfair. In the end, the path of change doesn’t come from defiance, it comes from education and uniting with others who want to promote change. As I type this, my back yard hosts one of the most spectacular ride areas on the planet, which is closed due to Caribou conservation. In my mind, the frustration and disbelief surrounding the closure of this area boils to the surface from time to time. Study upon study fuels my inner rebel, as I visualize clear blue skies, deep pow and I meeting in this pristine area. What stops me? My personal choice. I would be a horrible example to my children who love and admire me, a disgrace to Main Jet, who graciously award me a sled for the season, a huge disappointment to the Betties Power Sport Network and all we stand for, my sled club and all the clubs around would feel the effect of my disregard as my rule breaking fuels even more closures. Personal choice. Realize that every time you choose wisely, the ripple effect of goodness is felt by many.
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