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Virgin Arm native vying for North America’s Top Snowmobiler


Seven years ago Troy Burt didn’t think he would ever ride a snowmobile again, now he’s in the running to be North America’s Top Snowmobiler.

In 2008 Burt, who was born and raised in Virgin Arm, was involved in a motorcycle accident that took his left foot and lower portion of his leg and left him with four broken vertebrae, two blown knees, ribs broken and a cracked skull.

“It took five weeks of my life that I will never get back,” said Burt. “I didn’t know what I would be able to do at first, but as the days went on I pushed myself harder than I knew was possible and never accepted no for an answer.”

Since the harrowing accident he has returned to his passion — snowmobiling.

“Honestly, I thought I would do just fine as soon as I sat on the sled and a huge grin came on my face when I thought about the upcoming winter (following the accident),” he said.

Burt has spent 26 years doing what he loves and owns a few snowmobiles ranging from an old 1969 Olympic, which he added is in mint condition, to a Freeride 146” 800.

Burt said one night while going through snowmobile forums for information on different sleds he learned about the contest looking for North America’s Top Snowmobilier.

“I flat out love the sport of snowmobiling,” he said. “More so back country riding over anything else.”

“I’ve devoted so much time to this and spent countless hours out riding. Practising and training — I honestly can’t think of anything else I’d rather to with my time at the moment.”

Burt has ridden all over Newfoundland, Alberta, British Columbia and last March he travelled to Colorado with two friends to ride Chris Burandt’s backcountry adventure.

He is also featured on the cover of the November/December issue of Sledworthy magazine.

Participants vying for the title of North American’s Top Snowmobiler submitted a photo, video and short bio telling why online voters should cast a ballot for them to win the title.

So far Burt has made it to round three. He is excited and appreciative of all the support he has received.

He noted to win would be the best thing that’s happened to him to date.

“Just to show the world how I actually feel about this sport that I have pushed so hard to become a part of for so long,” he said.

“Snowmobiling is a passion of mine and anyone who knows me they know how much I love this. There’s always a smile on my face and it takes any stress or memories of bad days away as soon as you blip the throttle.”

The winner of the contest will receive a new 2017 Ski-doo snowmobile and a all expense paid trip to the United States to attend the 2017 Ski-doo dealer show where they will have the opportunity to meet with some of the biggest names in the sport of snowmobiling.

What draws Burt to snowmobiling and winter?

“The freedom,” he explained. “The sights when in the back country, friendship, the razzing of friends and the stories. There’s so much to love about it’s hard to pick any one thing in particular.”

Burt has some advice for anyone facing obstacles or physical limitations that they are scared of holding them back.

“Can’t is a cancerous word that holds people back so much,” he said. “You have to trust your body and let it control what you do. If your body feels good and you feel confident push yourself to new limits.”

To vote for Burt to become North America’s Top Snowmobiler go to www.supertraxmag.com/nats/.

 

christy.janes@pilotnl.ca

In 2008 Burt, who was born and raised in Virgin Arm, was involved in a motorcycle accident that took his left foot and lower portion of his leg and left him with four broken vertebrae, two blown knees, ribs broken and a cracked skull.

“It took five weeks of my life that I will never get back,” said Burt. “I didn’t know what I would be able to do at first, but as the days went on I pushed myself harder than I knew was possible and never accepted no for an answer.”

Since the harrowing accident he has returned to his passion — snowmobiling.

“Honestly, I thought I would do just fine as soon as I sat on the sled and a huge grin came on my face when I thought about the upcoming winter (following the accident),” he said.

Burt has spent 26 years doing what he loves and owns a few snowmobiles ranging from an old 1969 Olympic, which he added is in mint condition, to a Freeride 146” 800.

Burt said one night while going through snowmobile forums for information on different sleds he learned about the contest looking for North America’s Top Snowmobilier.

“I flat out love the sport of snowmobiling,” he said. “More so back country riding over anything else.”

“I’ve devoted so much time to this and spent countless hours out riding. Practising and training — I honestly can’t think of anything else I’d rather to with my time at the moment.”

Burt has ridden all over Newfoundland, Alberta, British Columbia and last March he travelled to Colorado with two friends to ride Chris Burandt’s backcountry adventure.

He is also featured on the cover of the November/December issue of Sledworthy magazine.

Participants vying for the title of North American’s Top Snowmobiler submitted a photo, video and short bio telling why online voters should cast a ballot for them to win the title.

So far Burt has made it to round three. He is excited and appreciative of all the support he has received.

He noted to win would be the best thing that’s happened to him to date.

“Just to show the world how I actually feel about this sport that I have pushed so hard to become a part of for so long,” he said.

“Snowmobiling is a passion of mine and anyone who knows me they know how much I love this. There’s always a smile on my face and it takes any stress or memories of bad days away as soon as you blip the throttle.”

The winner of the contest will receive a new 2017 Ski-doo snowmobile and a all expense paid trip to the United States to attend the 2017 Ski-doo dealer show where they will have the opportunity to meet with some of the biggest names in the sport of snowmobiling.

What draws Burt to snowmobiling and winter?

“The freedom,” he explained. “The sights when in the back country, friendship, the razzing of friends and the stories. There’s so much to love about it’s hard to pick any one thing in particular.”

Burt has some advice for anyone facing obstacles or physical limitations that they are scared of holding them back.

“Can’t is a cancerous word that holds people back so much,” he said. “You have to trust your body and let it control what you do. If your body feels good and you feel confident push yourself to new limits.”

To vote for Burt to become North America’s Top Snowmobiler go to www.supertraxmag.com/nats/.

 

christy.janes@pilotnl.ca

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