Travis Gerrits is a name that many local residents recognize.
Born and raised in Milton, Gerrits competed in his first Olympic Games in 2014 in Russia.
After a tough start in Sochi, he managed to fight back, finishing 7th overall in his sport of Freestyle Aerial Skiing.
Looking back, Gerrits is proud of his great achievement; a highlight of his sporting career and in his life as a whole.
The Team Canada Athlete says that lately he’s been dealing with various injuries; something that comes with being in an extreme sport.
Gerrits adds that he will most likely not be able to compete in South Korea next month, as his injuries are eliminating him from the qualification process.
Even so, he says he wouldn’t be ready – physically or mentally – to get back on skis right now.
Looking ahead, he’s still optimistic, but also unclear about the exact details of his future.
Gerrits adds he’s working with a great physiotherapy team, focusing on his full recovery and using this time to take care of his body.
Regardless of where he is competing around the world, the Miltonian always remembers where he comes from.
Gerrits adds that he’s proud of his scholarship program at Milton District High School, for example.
He looks to extend his help whenever possible, because of all the support he has received from our community.
Gerrits says that he is so fortunate – not only to live in Milton, but Canada as a whole.
(Picture courtesy of @TyGerrImages / Tyler Gerrits.)