We don’t normally post many things snowboard related but we thought action sports athlete is definitely worth noting on here. His name is Brolin Mawejje and he’s Uganda’s First Olympic Snowboarder!
There’s an awesome documentary that was done about his journey called “Far From Home” which traces Brolin’s story across continents, from his humble beginnings in Kampala, Uganda, to his athletic and medical pursuits in the United States.
About Brolin Mawejje:
Born in the Makindye District of Kampala, Uganda, Brolin held little hope for his future. He watched as his family struggled to secure their educations, jobs, and a chance for a better life. At two years old, his mother left the family indefinitely. Brolin was shaken to the core when she reappeared at age 11, arranging his emigration to the USA to join her in Boston’s suburbia.
Arriving on a freezing New England night, Brolin was stricken by fear of the unknown. As the only African in his school, he was ostracized and bullied by his American counterparts. But the course of his life would change forever when he joined an after school ski & snowboard program
Brolin discovered a new world. A world where color and background did not matter. A world where the present moment was all that existed. Combined with a drive to excel in his studies, Brolin found a family on the slopes that helped him to trust the world for the first time.
There’s a great article written about him in Outside Magazine’s website