Industry professionals who know how to have a good time. Learn more about our 2022 FLOW dream team below.
adaptive mountain bike instructor
As a wheelchair user, Next Gen para-rower, and Kinesiology graduate, Sierra faced many challenges that have allowed her to learn the valuable lessons of perseverance, adaptability, and being present. Though she has had positive experiences with movement in her educational background and now in sport, it hasn’t always been like this.
She now has a passion to make sure this isn’t the case for others. Sierra supports others living with disabilities in becoming physically active through Active Living Alliance for Canadians With a Disability/The Steadward Centre as a Youth Coordinator and is also a Movement Specialist at Ocean Rehab and Fitness.
In 2021, she finally hopped on the Bowhead Reach and competed in the first Adaptive Mountain Bike Series. Realizing how much freedom she has found in her love of movement and getting outdoors, she hopes to help others build confidence in doing the same both on and off the trails with Kootenay Adaptive.
Website: Ocean Rehab
mountain bike coach
“Riding bikes has been a part of my life since I was a young girl- it has been the catalyst of pretty much every big decision I have made in my life. As a coach my infinite goal is to get more women out on bikes. No matter what their background or where they are on their journey into this sport, I aim to provide a supportive, encouraging and friendly environment for women to progress their skills, whilst building community so that we can all enjoy getting out there together and riding bikes – even more than we already do!”
Website: Ride Wild MTB
Through a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis and a life-long love of sports, adventure and movement Maria’s mission is to support others in enjoying life to their fullest. After using an e-bike to support through her recovery, Maria’s passion for adaptive recreation was born. Maria has been a yoga teacher since 2016 with therapeutic yoga training through Ajna Yoga Therapy College. “I’ve always loved the freedom and joy that comes from being in nature and outdoor recreation. I share my journey because I want others to know that regardless of their current barriers there is always a way. I love working with students who have a desire to keep active and do the same! Yoga offers us a system to support our body and deepen our connection to ourselves, our health and play.” She brings a blend of traditional yoga techniques and evidence based practices to support sport performance and recovery tailored for adaptive recreation.
Website: Maria Brownlow Yoga
Norma Ibarra is a multidisciplinary artist and storyteller maneuvering boundlessly through photography, videography, mountain-biking and skateboarding. Of these, photography is a constant playground for her unique expression. Ibarra’s work is published in magazines, online editorials, commercial campaigns, photo exhibitions and recently her book – Para ti (For you). Her photo narratives bring athletes of diverse backgrounds together to connect with the world around them.
Website: Norma Ibarra
bowhead rep and trail mechanic workshop lead
Sally began working with Bowhead during her senior year university practicum where she studied Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies with a focus on adaptive sports. Growing up in the mountains of Canmore, she developed a deep appreciation for the outdoors and sports such as skiing, biking, climbing, camping, or anything that gets you outside. Through working at summer camps as well as surf camps in South Africa, she learned about the positive impacts that sports and time spent outside has on individuals, and the importance of creating equal opportunities for everyone. Combining her passion for mountain biking, healthy living, and adaptive solutions, Sally has found a home with Bowhead. Her mission is to bring these values to the disability community and help individuals regain the opportunities, equipment and independence they deserve. Sally is coming to Squamish to support the event, bring Bowhead bikes for participants to use, and educate riders on bike maintenance.
Website: Bowhead Corp