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Polz 17/18 SX Season

$4,000 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 34 people in 17 months
Created 23 August 2017
My name is Matthew Polz. I am raising money for my 2017-2018 ski cross season.

I have been developing sport related goals and dreams since around the age of 3. My career as an athlete started with 10 years of ski racing beginning at 5 years old. Around my 11th birthday I took on ski jumping/nordic combined as well, initially for the purpose of athlete related cross training. At 15 I qualified for the Alberta team for SJ/NC and had to make a choice between the two sports. I chose to stick around with SJ/NC for the next 5 years. I travelled the world, competed internationally within the International Ski Federation and became very close to qualifying for the national development team. August of 2016 I made a very tough decision to switch sports for personal reasons beginning my career as a ski cross athlete.

As a member of the Alberta Ski Cross team, I have been part of a very supportive group of teammates and coaches. I have excelled in the sport due to my 15 years worth of transferable skills in previous sports, and had a fairly successful 2017 season. I competed on the NorAm circuit achieving two bests of 11th place but unfortunately dropped down to 22nd in the North American cup standings due to injuries plaguing the end of my season.

This upcoming year is very crucial for the future of my athletic career and possibly academically as well. I am very close to qualifying for a spot on the National D Team for Canada in ski cross. It is also my last year as a junior and my final chance to achieve an opportunity to compete for Canada in the Word Junior Championships. I have been training hard over the off season building muscle and preparing my body to start the season off stronger than ever. Becoming a registered national team athlete in Canada has the possibility to give you over $10k for your season and $25k towards post-secondary education. This has been an investment for other future goals too. I'd like to become some kind of doctor or scientist someday and 25k would certainly help with that. My other life long dream has been to become an Olympian. This season would be a crucial step in deciding whether 2022 in Beijing may become a reality or stay a dream.   

Anyway the point is, many people come to understand that being a high performance athlete in Canada can be very difficult financially. I work and train at the same time but it isn't enough to pay for everything all together as external expenses are involved. Although I get support from my immediate family, the total costs are unrealistic for them to bear. And that’s where you come in.

My goal is to raise $20,000. $100 would go a long way but any amount is appreciated. Please consider contributing as your help will give me the opportunity to achieve the next step in pursuing my dreams.

Thank you for your consideration.
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Update 9
Posted by Matt Polz
10 months ago
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Thanks again to all my supporters and potential future donors. Every little bit helps! Please click to help out today, it's a short process and only takes a few minutes. My Grandpa has and will still match every donation submitted.

I'm officially at the point in recovery where I'm fully back. I've been cleared to race and I couldn't be happier after all the hard work I've put in within this short period of time. My goals are very much still within sight and it's go time! My apologies for the lack of updates on Facebook through GoFundMe, ever since I changed my email they haven't connected to to Facebook. I had to go through a tedious process to prove my identity... All the updates are located under a tab on my campaign page!

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Update 8
Posted by Matt Polz
12 months ago
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The road to recovery has been frustrating however I am now at the point where I can train again. I have felt so useless getting to this point but I couldn’t be happier now that I can actually make it happen.

The return has truly begun and I couldn’t thank all of my supporters enough especially my incredible grandparents for making this opportunity possible.

It would mean a lot to me if anyone could share this post as the more who see it the better. Every little bit helps.

Thank you again.
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Update 7
Posted by Matt Polz
13 months ago
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I want to thank Susan Polz and family for the very generous donation in support of my season. Your support means the world to me and I can’t thank you enough.

As for an update on the season, we just returned from a training camp with the national development team in Panorama. The conditions were difficult from time to time but we were offered exceptional terrain to train GS skiing as well as snowmobile rides up a great start section. It was a great camp to kick off the winter season and many improvements were made! Looking forward to future camps and races to come.

I’d also like to give a huge thanks to all my supporters once again and any who may choose to contribute in the future. Every little bit helps!
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Update 6
Posted by Matt Polz
15 months ago
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I'd like to give a huge thank you to Robert Polz and my Family out in Winnipeg. It means so much to me to see this support. I hope everything is going well and I wish you guys the best. This help is a big step in making this season possible and like all others I will keep you updated on what is happening throughout the year.

Thank you again.
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Raised by 34 people in 17 months
Created 23 August 2017
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