Alpine News - - Front Page - BY VANESSA BA­CON-HALL

EV­ERY pro­fes­sional ath­lete rel­ishes the op­por­tu­nity to be­come the best at what they do, to reach the lit­eral top of their sport­ing moun­tain and for To­rah Bright that time was at times shad­owed by depths of de­spair and she can­didly and bravely talks about this and a lot more in her book; It Takes Courage.

To­rah’s au­to­bi­og­ra­phy talks about the break up of her mar­riage, the death of best friend, Cana­dian freestyle skier Sarah Burke, her re­la­tion­ship with her brother and coach, Ben and the highs and lows of be­ing a pro­fes­sional and suc­cess­ful ath­lete.

And of course there’s lots of talk about snow and To­rah took the time to an­swer some ques­tions for the AAN com­mu­nity.

AAN: The AAN com­mu­nity knows a lot about To­rah Bright, can you tell us, is there some­thing that we wouldn’t know or would find sur­pris­ing?

TO­RAH: What you see is what you get and as you can tell by read­ing be­low... I’m an open book.

AAN: Ear­li­est mem­ory of the snow in Aus­tralia?

TO­RAH: Mum and Dad had us kids on snow be­fore we could walk. My ear­li­est mem­ory would be Fri­day Flat at Thredbo. Mum would pull me a lit­tle way up with a rope and I would ski down... over and over and over.

AAN: Ear­li­est mem­ory of snow­board­ing?

TO­RAH: I re­mem­ber I was in the lift line of Basin T-bar when I saw a bunch of snow­board­ers. I was with my lit­tle sis­ter Abi and we be­gan to make some cheek with them, as I am told we did with ev­ery­one back then. We started call­ing them all sorts of dif­fer­ent names, none of which I will re­peat.

My first real mem­ory of snow­board­ing was when I was 11 years old and I had my first chance to try snow­board­ing. I got a les­son with my brother Ben and we picked it up quite quickly. I re­mem­ber tail­ing be­hind Ben on Front Val­ley, try­ing to do what he did. We had a more freestyle ap­proach to snow­board­ing and that is what sold me.

Look­ing back I saw the moun­tain dif­fer­ently. It wasn’t now about how I got to the bot­tom or the fastest any­more, it was about what fea­tures does the moun­tain of­fer and how can I be play­ful on the moun­tain... from there, we never looked back.

AAN: You took the brave step of writ­ing an au­to­bi­og­ra­phy last year, tell us, how did it feel to lit­er­ally be so hon­est?

TO­RAH: Yes, it’s funny re­ally, writ­ing an au­to­bi­og­ra­phy was not some­thing I was itch­ing to do at all. The op­por­tu­nity came to me at a time when I was say­ing yes to ev­ery­thing, it was my ‘yes’ year.

Hon­esty and be­ing open are big in my gen­eral life phi­los­o­phy. I wanted it to be real and raw or I saw no point in do­ing it at all.

AAN: In your book, you talk very openly about some pretty big things, such as the death of your close friend, de­pres­sion and the break­down of your mar­riage, what was the hard­est to write about?

TO­RAH: None were par­tic­u­larly hard to write about, as time heals all. I have al­ways taken the time to work and bet­ter my­self per­son­ally from life hard­ships. Through­out my life I have learned so much from oth­ers that were will­ing to be open and share with me, that I felt there was no other way than to write some­thing real.

Life is crazy beau­ti­ful, but also de­liv­ers some heavy pains. Ev­ery­one has a story to tell and this was mine. Plus shar­ing is car­ing.

AAN: Was it cathar­tic to write about these tu­mul­tuous times?

TO­RAH: I seem to be able to get to a place quite quickly where I un­der­stand why things hap­pen the way they do, I ac­cept, I find (even if very small) the pos­i­tives and at­tract more in do­ing so.

Writ­ing the book was a beau­ti­ful re­minder to me of how won­der­ful my fam­ily is, how even as a kid I never seemed to waste a day and how lucky I am.

AAN: And to fin­ish on a lighter note, what’s in store for To­rah Bright for the rest of 2015 and will you get in any turns on Aussie snow this win­ter?

TO­RAH: I have just ar­rived back in Aus­tralia for the 2015 win­ter. I will be back at Thredbo as their win­ter am­bas­sador rid­ing and train­ing for the north­ern win­ter and en­cour­ag­ing those who have not ex­pe­ri­enced the magic of snow to come and do so.

I also have an event com­ing up on Sun­day July 5 at Thredbo; The To­rah Bright Mini Shred.

This is an event for 18 and un­der, boys and girls, where skiers and snow­board­ers can come ride a mini shred park with my­self and my friends.

It will be a blast, I can not wait.

To­rah Bright’s au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, ‘It takes courage’ was re­leased in Novem­ber 2014 and is avail­able now from all good book stores and on­line re­tail­ers.

PHOTO: Thredbo

COURA­GEOUS SPIRIT: Torah Bright has writ­ten a heart­felt au­to­bi­og­ra­phy about some of the big is­sues in life.

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