Sarah’s favorite thing about Mighty Mites? “The jump!” she says with a laugh. “I don’t know, maybe it was the adrenaline, but I looked forward to it every year.” Her adrenaline kicks in off the mountain too. She has racked up plenty of miles in Cross Country and run the 400 and the 2-mile in track. Then of course there’s the pole vault. Is it any wonder that she enjoys catching air there too?
Sarah’s love of sport extends to engaging people of all abilities. Even now she is busy organizing a weekend event for children with disabilities. While the service project puts her on course to earn the Girls Scouts of the USA highest achievement Gold Award, she is most excited about helping the participants learn gymnastics. She kicked off the effort by asking Coach Doug Sato to serve as her mentor. He was happy to oblige. “Sarah is very curious about the world and is able to make keen observations about her environment. She seeks to make significant changes and overcomes any obstacles.”
The College of Idaho took notice of Sarah’s accomplishments. On National Letter of Intent Signing Day, she committed to the Yotes Cross Country team. She intends to enroll in the Pre Physical Therapy program and take advantage of an elective that will prepare her to work with disabled athletes.
Sarah has been a patient confidante to other skiers on the team. “She is kind to everyone. You can go to her with any question, and she figures it out,” says one teammate. “She shows her appreciation, when you lend a hand. She is an all around nice person,” adds another.
“I appreciate the friends that I have made in BBSEF,” says Sarah. “Aurora is my best friend. We go to different schools on opposite sides of the valley. If not for ski racing, I wouldn’t have known her or the others at all. I thank my parents especially for supporting me so that I could continue to race, and I thank the coaches as well."
Her future plans are not only a win-win for the College of Idaho and Sarah, but for us too. Because when the snow flies, we will be able to spot her banging gates again - this time as a member of the College of Idaho ski team. Go Yotes!
Ask Aurora how her senior year is going, and she can tell you exactly how many days of school remain. The same goes for the number of days left in her final high school track season. She is pretty excited about her future plans, and we are excited for her too. Even so, a bunch of Mitey Mites will miss their favorite coach next year.
Aurora has gone full circle with BBSEF. “As soon as I could lock my knees, my dad put me on skis on the bunny hill here at Bogus.” she says. “I was 8 or 9 when I became a Mitey Mite. I raced on the North Series and Alpine Competitive Teams until I was 15.” That’s when she set aside her race skis and donned a coach jacket. Last year she introduced U8s to slalom and GS racing. This year she helped U10s further develop their skills and confidence. “It is so much fun”, she says, “Even more than I anticipated. The kids are full of energy and so enthusiastic. They say the funniest things. It just keeps me laughing all the time.”
Home Teams Supervisor, Chuck Combs has really enjoyed working with Aurora. “We love to see athletes that have grown up in the program cycle back around to give something back. Aurora has done exactly that. She is a great role model for the kids. She inspires them to challenge themselves and to have fun while they are at it.”
Next year Aurora heads to the University of Idaho to study Computer Engineering, workout with the running club and click back into her race skis. She’s all set to rip down slalom, GS and Super G courses as a Vandal.
She will take a lot of great BBSEF memories along. One, in particular, stands out as her favorite: “Going to Anthony Lakes and watching full grown men try to fit into speed suits to race the GS. Jesse, Brian and Chuck. It was hilarious, great times. The best!”
Good luck, Aurora. We look forward to your continued success. You can count on that!