Annie Forbes (2nd Injury)
Date of Surgery: 3/30/2018
Update (1/2019): Annie returned to ski instructing on December 7, 2018.
I am from Falmouth, Nova Scotia, where I am a single mother raising two amazing young ladies, Sophie (14) and Kara (11). From the first time I had skis on my feet at the age of 8, I knew this was a sport for me. Now, 32 years later I am still doing what I love and watching my girls enjoy the sport just as much as I do. I’ve been the Snow School Director at Ski Martock since 2005 and can’t imagine doing anything else.
My introduction to skiing was through a school trip to Martock when I was in grade four and I haven’t looked back. I’m a level two CSIA instructor, certified coach, CADS instructor, hold my level one snow park certification and have been training for my level three. I am excited about the way skiing and teaching skiing is evolving. I’ve gotten more involved with the CSIA and am a member of the Atlantic Board of Directors acting as the Vice-chair and Secretary. While Martock has been my home hill for most of my skiing career I moved out west and taught at Lake Louise in 2001. I quickly realized there’s no place like home and returned to Martock. As the Snow School Director I oversee a team of more than 80 ski and snowboard instructors. I absolutely love seeing others get excited trying out the sport and advancing to the next level — this keeps me passionate about not only the sport but the profession.
Treatment Procedure and Recovery Plan
On March 30, 2018, The Steadman Clinic did an ACL Allograft on my right knee, just 5 years and 4 days after performing the same surgery on my left knee. Physical therapy started the next day and I continued physio twice a week following my return to Nova Scotia for the first three months. This dropped to once per week for month’s three to six, post-surgery. When I left Vail I was well equipped with a plan not only for physiotherapy but also strength and conditioning. Many hours were spent on a stationary bike and in the gym strengthening my right knee and now I am pumped to be back on snow Dec 7th 2018.
"When you think about winning the lottery you never think it would happen and you definitely would never imagine it happening twice! Well I am living proof that it can happen. As a snow professional working in an industry where accidents happen, it is comforting to know there is help out there if we happen to need it. When I was injured in March 2018, the Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation was very quick to respond and once the application process is complete they are super-fast to get back to you with a decision. Without this support I would likely still be waiting for surgery for the first injury that happened in 2013 on my left leg. My skiing career would have come to a halt and I would be in danger of losing my job and having to start on another career path. I cannot find the words to express my gratitude to the Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation. I’m humbled by the opportunity and so incredibly grateful to have been a recipient twice—you have no idea—this really is life changing. The care I received through The Steadman Clinic, made possible by them was exceptional and I truly won the lottery! "
- Annie Forbes (2nd Injury)