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