Insha Afsar is a 13-year-old girl who lost her left leg up into her hip in the Pakistan earthquake of 2005. Fifteen months after the earthquake she was brought to the US to get a prosthesis from the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Springfield, MA. She returned a couple of times to get her prosthesis lengthened and then enrolled in the fourth grade in an independent elementary and middle school in Washington, CT.
Three years ago Insha was introduced to skiing. After two seasons on the slopes at Okemo she was fortunate to have received a grant from Disable Sports USA to attend The Hartford Ski Spectacular racing clinic in Breckenridge, CO, early December 2013, where she won a silver medal in the race on the last day. Since returning East, Insha has raced in one NASTAR race at Okemo and gotten a gold in her class. She’s looking forward to more NASTAR racing this winter at Okemo.
Insha is currently in the eighth grade and applying to New England prep schools for next year where she hopes to ski on a school’s team.
Watch a brief interview with Insha at Breckenridge and a little footage of her skiing here.