MLA Michelle Mungall honoured the life of Will Schooler and the growing “I Will” campaign in the Legislature Tuesday. The ‘I WILL’ campaign, started by friends and family of recently deceased, Will Schooler, encourages snowboarders and skiers to make the commitment to wearing their helmets. Schooler died late 2011 after sustaining a head injury while skiing. Uncharacteristically, he was not wearing his helmet at the time.
“Before I WILL, I didn’t know that skiing and snowboarding lead to twice as many hospitalizations as hockey. One study found that traumatic brain injuries account for more than half the fatalities at ski hills,” Mungall noted in her speech.
Mungall’s statement noted her own turning point in learning the importance of wearing a helmet while on the slopes. In 2002, she sustained a head injury, which could have been prevented had she worn a helmet. It has been obvious to her since then that the benefits of helmets are life-saving. However, her age group remains the most reluctant to wear helmets.
“I admit that I used to think helmets were an unnecessary part of my snowboarding equipment,” says Mungall. “It had to take a head injury to prove me wrong. I Will is about commemorating Will Schooler and sharing these lessons so that no one learns the hard way anymore.”
She hopes that the growing trend to donning helmets on the ski hill will continue, and with the help of campaigns and foundations like I WILL, more people will educate themselves and their loved ones about the benefits helmets have for their safety and continued enjoyment of the sports.
“Every skier and snowboarder has the ability to pay tribute to Will, while also having a tremendous positive impact on their own life. Say “I WILL” wear a helmet when you hit the slopes, the backcountry or urban rails. I know I will.”
Watch the Video Transcript here.
DEBATES OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2012
CAMPAIGN FOR HELMET USE
BY SNOWBOARDERS AND SKIERS