image-4Sport: Snowboard

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

 

What makes Patrick tick?

Describe yourself in three words:
Never giving up

Why are sports important to you?
Sports are important to me because I have been passionate about athletics my entire life. Sports in general bring out the best in people and help everyone escape from struggles in their daily lives. Sports help me learn various life lessons regarding sportsmanship, competition, teamwork, and hard work ethic.

What is your biggest accomplishment in your sport?
My biggest accomplishment snowboarding, so far, was being able to compete at the USASA National Championships. It was such an honor to be able to compete with elite athletes from all over the country. My experiences at USASA National Championships have been unforgettable and are moments that I will forever cherish.

What does a typical day in your training program look like?
A typical day in my training program consists of walking up early to meet with my teammates, preparing gear that is needed for that day, and heading out to the mountain. Getting time on the snow in both the morning and afternoon on weekends gives me the opportunity to greatly improve my riding ability.

Do you have any pre-competition rituals?
A staple of a competition day, for me, is music. From the moment I wake up, I put my headphones on and begin to listen to music that inspires me to leave it all out on the snow that day. The genre of music I enjoy most is hip-hop/rap. In fact, I listen to music on the top of courses, as well. It helps relieve many of my nerves and motivates me for the competition.

What is your favorite off-season activity?
My favorite off-season activity is playing basketball.

Who do you admire most?
I admire my parents and my sister. They inspire and support me every day.

What is one of the things you would put on your “bucket” list?
Competing in the Paralympics is definitely at the top of my bucket list.

What is your favorite quote:
“Live like you can die tomorrow. Go for it.”-Kanye West

What is your favorite food?

Chicken wings

What would you say to someone who is thinking about trying adaptive sports?
I would definitely encourage someone thinking about trying adaptive sports to do so. Adaptive sports are life-changing and by participating in an adaptive sport, you can inspire other people with disabilities to do the same.