2021 TRR Biathlon – Sharon G.

Meeting strangers for the first time but already knowing them was only the beginning of the Team River Runner experience this weekend. 

Some are young, some are older but young at heart, and some live their lives with such a commitment that it is every breath they take and every heartbeat. 

Some are experienced, some are not! Some can’t see, some are amputees!  They are dedicated and they Motivated each of us, but something was missing from our regular day to day….people looking at us and saying oh you poor blind soul you must live a miserable life of not being able to see!  Or whatever the disability, we are judged by that everyday. 

Stereotypes and misconceptions, are the beginning and prejudice and inequality become norm, but something this weekend was different!

They see the inner warrior in each of us that they touched.  They find those secret places that some of us thought was dead!  They renewed the spirit and healed the mind, all by giving their all ….and guess what…we all had a ball. 

The motto, the river to recovery that TRR touts, made us each want to shout!  

We leave the weekend looking back on the things we accomplished because of your support. Thank you to all the staff, volunteers and families for sharing the weekend with us!  

But look out I’ll be back next year!  

Thank you Joe for your dream and execution!  You make miracles happen everyday!  It’s almost as if the water washes away all the things, no matter the stories, no matter the tragedies you are just a paddler enjoying the wonder of the rush.

Vanessa Jones

Committe Co-Chair

Vanessa A. Jones is a dynamic force dedicated to fostering
inclusivity, encouraging discussion, and promoting a culture of
belonging in the outdoor sports community. Hailing from
Washington, DC, she brings a wealth of diverse experiences and
perspectives to her endeavors.
As a US Army veteran and ordained Chaplain with a focus on
seniors and caretakers, Vanessa is deeply committed to serving
others. Her work as a patient-caretaker advocate reflects her
passion for supporting vulnerable populations and ensuring their
voices are heard.
Currently, Vanessa is employed by a resettlement agency, where
she confronts challenges head-on with resilience and
compassion. As a single, Black woman veteran, she embraces
the unique hurdles she faces, viewing them as opportunities for
growth and empowerment.
In her downtime, she wears many hats, including that of a
missionary, spreading hope and positivity wherever she goes.
Weekends are spent paddling, immersing herself in West African
dance and finding solace and joy in nature’s embrace.
Vanessa is committed to equitable principles, ensuring that
everyone’s opinions are valued and heard. Through her
unwavering dedication and inclusive leadership, Vanessa is
paving the way for a more equitable and diverse outdoor sports