Welcome to My Rally Campaign
My name is Kelly Allen, I am currently raising funds to compete in the 2017 ICF World Championships in the Czech Republic for the sport of Para Kayak. I have competed for the past five years on Team USA and was recently one of the first pioneers of the sport to compete at the Paralympic Games in 2016!
I was born with a rare birth defect known as Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency (PFFD) which has led me to live my daily life using a prosthetic leg. At a young age, I decided that this fact was not going to be what defined me. I have chosen to take this challenge that has been set infront of me from day one, and turn it into possibilities. I have been active in the adaptive sports world for the past ten years and have gained many unique life experienes from it.
I started kayaking competitively in 2007 at the O & P Extremity Games. After taking home consecutive gold medals in the event, I was recruited to train full time in 2012. Since then I have spent most of my life with a paddle in my hand. (I consider myself very fortunate to call this my life!)
After five years of hard work, I achieved my goal of making the 2016 Paralympic Team and being one of the first athletes in my sport to make it to the Finals. I have had several coaches and the support of my family and community to thank for my success.
As I go into this next Paralympic cycle, I am more determined than ever. I have already earned my spot to represent the United States in the Czech Republic this next August at the World Championships. I have the best coaching, facilites, and teammates to push me to achieve my next goal of 2020 Paralmpics in Tokyo. What I do need now is financial help. I am starting this campaign to help lift some of the burden off my shoulders so I can concentrate on my goal at hand- kicking butt and taking names!!
Eighth-2016 Paralmpic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Eighth - 2016 World Cup/Paralympic Qualification (Duisberg, Germany)
First - 2016 World Cup Team Trials (Gainsville, Georgia)
Ninth - 2014 ICF World Championships (Moscow, Russia)
First - 2014 U.S. Team Trails (Lake Placid, N.Y)
First - 2014 Endevour Games (Oklahoma City, O.K.)
Sixth - 2013 ICF World Championships (Duisburg, Germany)
First - 2013 U.S. Nationals (Oklahoma City, O.K.)
Fourth - 2012 ICF World Championships (Poznan, Poland)
First - 2012 U.S. National Team Trials (Oklahoma City, O.K.)
First - 2007-2013 Extremity Games (San Marcos, Texas)
All donations will go towards:
- Travel expenses/Accomedations
- Boat fees
- Entery fees
Thank you so much for taking the time to learn more about me and my rally!
Vlad the Impaler