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CLAY Kiana
Sport Para snowboard
NPC United States   
GenderWomen
Age26
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-UL
Further Personal Information
Residence
Silverthorne, CO, USA
Occupation
Graphical Design, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English
Higher education
Business Administration - Dallas Baptist University: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried snowboarding at age four. She took up Para snowboard in 2015 through the Adaptive Action Sports club in Copper Mountain, CO, United States of America.
Why this sport?
As well as being a competitive motocross rider, she regularly went snowboarding with her family prior to her accident. "I wouldn't be on the road that I am on without motocross. Getting back on the bike [after her accident] led me to Moto Sports Adaptive, where I met [US Para snowboarder] Mike Schultz. He then introduced me to Daniel Gale, who is the director of Adaptive Action Sports. Daniel is helping me on this road to the Paralympics, to make history and pave the way for other future upper-limb [impaired] females. My heart and my soul are always in racing, just being competitive and just going fast. That's me, who I am and what I love."
Club / Team
Adaptive Action Sports: Copper Mountain, CO, USA
Name of coach
Daniel Gale [club], USA
General Interest
Hobbies
Art, playing video games, surfing. (kianaclay.com, 15 Apr 2020; TransWorld Motocross YouTube channel, 03 Jan 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her father. (supercrosslive.com, 20 Jun 2018)
Injuries
In 2018 she fractured her right wrist in a motocross racing accident. (TransWorld Motocross YouTube channel, 03 Jan 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Everything that is worth having takes hard work, hustle and a lot of determination, sometimes with a side of therapy. Always look at what you have rather than what you don't. What I have still lets me pursue my dreams and it's what makes me, me." (readmeta.com, 15 Apr 2020)
Other sports
She competed in motocross prior to her accident, having begun riding motorcycles at age seven. She has competed in adaptive motocross at national level in the United States of America. (readmeta.com, 15 Apr 2020; kianaclay.com, 01 Oct 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (readmeta.com, 15 Apr 2020)
Impairment
In 2006 she was competing in motocross when she crashed and one of the riders behind her landed on her neck. She injured her brachial plexus, a network of nerves that extends from the spinal cord to the armpit, resulting in paralysis of her right arm. About a month after the motocross accident, she and her father were involved in a traffic accident when their vehicle was hit by a drunk driver. She sustained injuries that led to complications with her arm, and as a result she lost any chance of regaining use of her arm through surgery. (readmeta.com, 15 Apr 2020; Facebook page, 05 Jan 2019; kianaclay.com, 01 Oct 2018)
Other information
MOVE TO COLORADO
In 2017 she moved from Texas to Colorado, United States of America, after family issues arose. She initially intended to only visit Colorado and spend time snowboarding, until coach Daniel Gale offered her the chance to train full-time with the goal of competing at the Paralympic Winter Games. After making the move permanent, at first she had to work multiple full-time jobs and live out of her truck while training until she could afford housing. "I kept reflecting back to my parents and multiple doctors that kept telling me that I will never be in action sports. But one day I decided - it's my life. I'll make the call of what's impossible. Fast-forward a few years, and here I am." (readmeta.com, 15 Apr 2020)

LIFE CHOICES
She wears her right arm in a sling that wraps across the front of her body while she is snowboarding or racing in motocross, as she has no control or feeling in the limb. In 2018 she fractured her right wrist after crashing during an adaptive motocross race and did not notice for a few days until her arm started to swell. She also experiences neuropathic pain in her right arm, which gets worse when she is stressed or unwell. The neuropathic pain has also led to blackouts and seizures, including while she has been riding her motorcycle. "Around the house I let it hang out and let it do its thing, but that can still be dangerous. With the fractures and because I can't move it and have it heal faster, I'm actually a lot more prone to infections. So I'm considering the idea of amputating it, just to have more possibilities with prosthetics. Technology has come such a long way. I could be like Anakin Skywalker from 'Star Wars' in five years and have a robotic arm." (TransWorld Motocross YouTube channel, 03 Jan 2019)

OCCUPATION
She works as a graphic designer at a print shop in Frisco, CO, United States of America. (readmeta.com, 15 Apr 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
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