Kirsten was only 14 years old and at high school when she had her accident. While skiing at Whistler Mountain, Kirsten veered to the left of a run, and hit a man-made jump. She landed in a tree well. The impact of hitting the tree, or perhaps hitting the ground, severed Kirsten’s spine at a very high level, leaving her a paraplegic.
The accident didn't change Kirsten. It just helped her to become the vibrant woman she is today. Her attitude and outlook on life have always been positive, and she can count on her friends and family to help with any challenge. After the accident, she knew she still had many options open to her; the day after leaving rehab, she went back school, leaving no time to dwell on the past.
Kirsten went on to university and earned a joint major degree in business and psychology. She also holds a diploma in media in television production. After working in the animation and film industry as a producer for nine years, she now works with her psychology degree and has become a Peer Support Specialist for Spinal Cord Injury BC. She also competes in tennis, swims, rows, bikes and in her words “does whatever is available to try!”