Andre Barbieri

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Upcoming Training Camp

Hello everyone, In talking with the snow sports federation in Brazil, we are about to hear news regarding Beijing Winter Paralympics 2022.  I personally thought they may postpone them just like what we’re seeing in Tokyo, being that we completely missed this last season of racing (canceled due to Covid).  Apparently they won’t be postponing Beijing, just the qualification criteria may change —I’ll learn more about that as soon as they do (the federation said).  While I wait to hear about Beijing news, I’m...

For the love of the sport

Hey guys! When winter time comes I get really excited when it snows, and try to find any window to go to the mountains.  This time around, with the “stay at home order,” I could not find a place to stay in Mammoth Mountain, no hotels or Airbnb were open to public. The few people I know that have houses there, I tried reaching out with no success.  When the snow came hard and I found an opportunity to go I was there!...

Borders still closed:-(

Greetings brothers & sisters! I waited until today to post and try not to sound like a broken record. Canada is still closed for non essential traveling, meaning races aren’t happening. The official government website was going to revisit this idea on Nov 21st, and the verdict is that they’ll stay hunkered down. It makes sense. Covid cases are spiking up due to flu season in the northern hemisphere. This is not the time to be risking and traveling I guess. But I...

First race of 2020/2021 CANCELED

Hello fellow supporters and friends, I learned what I was afraid was going to happen. The 2 season openers, which were indoor races both in Dubai (October) and in Sweden (November) were canceled due to Covid. I was planing on racing the one in Sweden. And was really hoping it was going to happen. But things were not very promising and then finally it was official, canceled:-( What to do now? Keep training and focusing on the next one, which...

DEDICATION

Hey hey! A good talking point is the inspiration to train or do something in general. We all know there can always be an excuse to not train. But when you want to reach the highest level of competition, excuses are no good. You have to give your all to deserve to be there. This is something I learned from my triathlon former coach, Jack Bianchi, “I can’t teach you motivation” he said. He could give me all the training drills...

Game changer:

Greetings friends, Andre here again, sharing awesome news:)) It’s quite safe now to announce that Karina and I are expecting another baby!! Stella is going to be a big sister!! It’s about to get really busy again, all that fun baby stuff that a lot of you know about... We decided we won’t find out the sex until birth. Never thought I would be ok with this but I’m extremely peaceful with it. All that we care is that baby is healthy....

PossAbilities MAKES it possible

Hey hey, hope everyone is keeping it together, one day at a time. I would like to take a moment to appreciate Team PossAbilities. I do always appreciate them and also count my blessings. How lucky am I or are us to have them in our lives?! In changing sports, due to the circumstances I was sort of heading into the unknown. Of course I did my homework and had been studying the possibilities if I were to do it. But...

Burton is on board!

Howdy! Exciting news to share with everyone; I connected with Burton a couple months ago, which is very best brand of Snowboarding —as a matter of fact, Jake Burton (founder) invented the sport! Knowing that he was very fond of disabled sports, I sent him a personal message on Instagram. Unbeknownst to me, on that same month he also passed away because of cancer:( As luck would have it, a good friend of mine grew up with the now Vice President of Burton....

COVID-19 & Rankings

Hello to all of you guys that care to come and check on us:) Covid is getting more serious by the day, and it affects people differently. I’m hoping everyone stays healthy and safe but also know that any of us could get it, if we didn’t get it yet... The pandemic actually helped my position in the Para snowboard rankings. My racing plan, that I was advised with help from the Brazilian Snow sports federation, was to race in Canada (which...

Corona Virus Pandemic is Real

Dear readers, personally I thought COVID-19 was over hyped. Then suddenly it got out of control: country borders were closing, people were being furloughed in their jobs, sports and all travelling was cancelled. It is real. Selfishly I was mad because we had an excellent late season for snow, rain & such —I had a couple of training trips to Mammoth planned, and was extremely excited with that. Until the mountain closed, early, because of Covid. Honestly, I’m just saying...