Rider of the Month - Adam Kingsmill
Getting a "leg up" on the competition!
At the age of 2 Adam lost his right leg below the knee in a horrible accident. Adam has never let his amputation define him or stop him from doing or trying anything he wants to do. He is a true inspiration to anyone he meets. Adam loves to hang out with all of his fellow riders off the track but it’s all business on the track. As Ross Johnson told him once, “The BS stops when the gate drops.”
Name: Adam Kingsmill
Birth Date: March 3, 2000
Hometown: Smithers, BC
Current Residence: Smithers, BC
Years Riding: I started riding a quad when we lived in Saskatchewan then switched over to dirt bikes 4 years ago.
Favourite Track: Smithers Motocross Association’s (Home town track!) and the Terrace Motocross Association’s track in Terrace, BC.
Current Bike: 2012 KX85 and 2011 KX250
Riding Influences: I have always been a Ryan Villopoto fan, but ever since I heard Darius Glover’s story, he has easily become one of my favourite riders and a huge influence.
Personal Influences: My older brother Matt and my parents.
Number of Broken Bones: I have had my share of visits to the hospital because of riding, but they were mostly internal injuries only.
Favourite Place to Ride: Kamloops – Whispering Pines
Music: Classic rock, country and rap.
Hobbies: I like to fish, golf and play hockey with all my buddies.
Goals: This year to finish in the top three in 85cc (12-16) and Super-mini classes, and top seven in Junior B. Next year to be only riding the KX250.
Accomplishment you are most proud of: In 2012, I was in a bad crash during a race. I ended up splitting my spleen in half for the second time. The doctors told me I would never play a contact sports again, including riding my motorbike. Two months later I made the rep hockey team.
Something people don’t know about you: I am a leg amputee and wear a prosthetic. I am also a rep hockey goalie.
Message to kids: Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. If you have a dream, you have to protect it. If you want something bad enough you will get it, but the only time success comes before work is in the dictionary.
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"I can honestly say I am not inspired by a lot of people, but this guy right here, Adam Kingsmill, inspires me every time I see him on a bike. He took home 1st overall last Saturday and I couldn't be more proud! Adam does this and so much more with a prosthetic right leg. You are truly one of a kind, Adam. And I am so happy to see you pursuing something that most would give up on! I hope to always see you in that Cycle North jersey!"
– Kourtney Lloyd