Headline: Chambers loves Summit County, snowboarding, athletics
FRISCO – Drew Chambers blew out his knee not once, but twice. And he’d probably say it was a good thing.
Chambers described it as some sort of fate, because it led him to his career.
During his two rounds of post-surgery physical therapy, Chambers became increasingly interested in physical therapy. He went to school at University of Colorado at Boulder for kinesiology (the study of the principles of mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement). While there, Chambers said he fell into sports medicine and began working with the school’s athletic teams.
Now, the Frisco resident works for Avalanche Physical Therapy as an athletic trainer at Summit High School .
He said he loves his job for several reasons.
“I just like being around athletics – people who share the same philosophy (about health and fitness) and the competitive spirit,” Chambers said.
His schedule’s not so bad either. Because Chambers doesn’t begin his usual work day until mid-afternoon, he has the first part of the day to himself. In the winter, he takes advantage of his free time to snowboard.
The Virginia native grew up skateboarding, but after 11 years, he said the sport took a toll on his body. After high school, he spent some time surfing Cape Hatteras, N.C. before moving to Snowshoe, W.Va., a ski resort.
After skateboarding and surfing, snowboarding came easily to Chambers.
“I totally fell in love with it,” he said. “It’s pretty much the main reason I moved out here … to be a competitive snowboarder.”
Summit County wasn’t originally in the plans for Chambers. He said he planned to go to school in Salt Lake City eventually, but came here on vacation. Like many others, he was attracted by the area’s beauty.
“This place is awesome, it’s beautiful,” Chambers said. Salt Lake City was immediately out of the running.
“I moved out here for most of the same reasons everyone else does – to lose themselves or find themselves.”
For Chambers, finding himself started with his knee injuries and his love for athletics.
Chambers, who is on the Copper Mountain Freeride Team, spends much of his extra time competing in boardercross – competitions where four to six snowboarders race against each other at the same time. Chambers said it’s like motocross, but on snowboards. He’s competed in nationals the past two years, placing fifth two years ago, and said he’s still trying for the podium.
“That’s always the goal,” Chambers said.
But it’s not just about the competition, he said. Race or no race, Chambers loves to snowboard.
“Just riding is soothing,” he said, whether it’s alone or with friends, in the air or (especially) on a powder day.
If he can, Chambers will be boarding into his 70s, 80s.
“I don’t see myself getting bored of it,” he said.
In the summer, Chambers said he’s more of a jack-of-all-trades. He climbs, camps, mountain bikes, rafts … whatever looks fun. This summer, he’s not working and is heading to Southern California for a while, to add surfing to that list.
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