Waterville Valley Academy student Nora Healey took first place among girls in the 2013 Trans World Snowboarding TransAm held at Waterville Valley on Saturday, Jan. 5.
Healey, a native of Holderness, NH, is a first year student-athlete at the academy is an accomplished competitor who has what it takes to get to the top in her sport. Evidence of this is the fact that Healey competed in the TransAm event with a broken wrist. Healey is clearly a force to be reckoned with! At age 14, she was competing against girls up to age 25. Last season she competed in 15 USASA events and placed first in 12, second in two and fourth in one.
“I first saw Nora freeriding at Waterville last year and I immediately knew that she had natural talent,” Pete Thorndike, WVBBTS Snowboard Director said. “At that point I approached Nora and invited her to ride with us. Since then, Nora has been one of the best kids to work with as she is extremely coachable. She processes what the coaches say and translates it directly into her riding.”
Fearless, free-spirited, upbeat and energetic are how her coaches describe her.
“When Pete approached me on the mountain last year, I was really excited. I was lucky to get a spot in the WVBBTS weekend program with some help from BBTS. This year my sister, Colleen, my brother, Kevin, and I are all at Waterville Valley Academy. We’re here all week with classes for half a day and then get training on the mountain the other half. I’ve learned so much more this year with Greg and Pete and have really improved,” she said.
“I broke my wrist two weeks before the TransAm and thought I was done for the season. But my coaches eased me back into training, my wrist was recast and I was so happy to be able to compete. I felt I had placed in the competi- tion, but when my name was called as the first place winner I was so excited. I want to do really well in Park City and my goal for this season is to master a 540.”