Snowboarding, The Winter Olympics and Other Epic Dreams of Eve Dowley

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Competition in our Under 18’s category was so fierce, that we just couldn’t choose, so we gave it to two amazing young women. This category was open to young women adventurers under 18 years of age who are pioneering the way for their generation to embrace the heartbeat of adventure.  Within this category, the funding may also be used to participate in skills training or competing at a national or international level in outdoor pursuits.

So, with out further ado, 

Meet Eve Dowley 17yr old Australian snowboarder from  NSW who is working hard to follow her dreams. She is currently completing her Yr 12 HSC, training on/off snow whilst juggling competitions in Australia and overseas. 

Tell us a little bit about your project.

In order to gain FIS points to make me eligible to compete in the 2022 winter Olympics I will be traveling over to Europe in the 2018/ 2019 to compete in the Europa cup’s. I will be competing in snowboard slope style and big air events. I will be traveling mainly on my own but whilst competing, I will be with my coach and a few team mates.   

What is your inspiration behind the project?

This project will allow me to gain the experience I need to then go compete in world cups the following season. This project to me is the first stepping stone on my journey to achieving my dream of competing at the 2022 winter Olympics. This experience will not only help me gain the confidence I need to continue moving forward but will also get my name out there and hopefully grab the eye of company’s willing to help support me on my journey.

How do you hope that you will inspire others through your adventure?

I hope to inspire other young athletes to chase their dreams no matter the barriers (financial, age, gender) that may stand in their way. I also hope to inspire other young people, girls especially, to go out and chase their dreams and travel on their own because from my experience although at times it may be scary it is the most rewarding experience and I have learnt so much about myself and the world from traveling alone.

Why do you believe it is important for women to be represented in adventurous pursuits?

I think it’s important for women to be represented in adventurous pursuits because adventure and bravery are typically associated with men in our culture however times are changing, women are being  heard and women are being represented where they once weren’t.  I want to be one of the women that are part of this change – inspiring young women to follow their dreams whatever it may be

Who are some of your heroes when it comes to adventure?

  • My Sister- because she traveled around the world on her own, supporting herself along the way, starting at age 18

  • Jane Goodall – because she was one of the first female scientists of her time and was not taken seriously but she proved herself to the whole world.

  • Anna Gasser – because she didn’t start snowboarding until she was 18 and has taken it to new levels, winning gold at X games and Big Air at the Winter Olympics in only 8 years later.

  • Bethany Hamilton – because she is not only an amazing surfer but she has only one arm and came back to a balancing sport after a shark attack and had to face her fears back in the water.

What are your favourite words to live by?

Live everyday like it’s your last

Finish this sentence. I never go on an adventure without …

an open mind, music and delicious snacks

What is your once piece of advice to women who might be new to the concept of adventure?

Do what scares you.

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