Kiana Clay is a bad ass! She lost the use of her right arm in a motocross accident at a young age, she has now returned to riding and racing motocross and will be competing in the Adaptive Motocross Series later this summer.
We sent over some questions and did our first NotBroken Interview for #Feature Friday:
- What’s your name and where are from?
Kiana Clay, I’m from Corona California
- How old are you?
I’m 21 years old
- How did you sustain your injury and how long ago was it?
I broke my neck from racing motocross when I was 12 years old, on November 18, 2006. Another rider landed on me when I fell on the back face of a jump which resulted in my nerves being severed which is called a brachial plexus injury. I had little chance of getting movement back, but after a few months of my racing accident, my Dad and I got hit by a drunk driver which resulted in my arm being worse and no chance at all of coming back. So that basically set it more in stone. I was dominant in my right hand, so I had to relearn how to wright, draw, eat, tie my shoes, basically live life.
- What Adaptive sports do you take part in?
I take part in mostly motocross racing and snowboarding adaptively. I also skateboard, and attempted to relearn surfing.
- I see that you have been racing MX again, can you tell us a little bit about the Adaptive Series and how you have been getting on?
The Motosport Adaptive Championship was a blast. Last year was my first year to do it, and I was stoked to be the first female to compete! The other athletes are amazing individuals. I’m looking forward to doing it again this year and traveling around the states for it. I have made podiums in the upper limb class, but hoping to do better this year! They asked me to be apart of it after they saw me at a Loretta Lynn qualifier at cycle ranch where I took 3rd place in.
- I’ve seen some snowboard pics popping up on your Athlete page more recently, how’s this going? Is this something new?
Shortly after the Motosport adaptive championship, one of my fellow athletes knew I loved snowboarding, so he told me about the adaptive action sports snowboarding team. I shot them an email, and was instantly invited to be on the team as the first female upper limb athlete for the US team. I’ve been training all 2015-2016, and will start competing world wide 2016-2017.
- How do you deal with arm pump on the MX bike?
I deal with arm pump but literally just dealing with it. I stretch it out, or have someone that I’m with at the the track massage and work it out. Other than that, I just leave it alone.
- Was it hard getting used to the throttle going the opposite way?
I got used to my throttle really fast. I got the hang of it within about 15 min. I adapted quickly and I love it that way. Everyone thinks it sketchy, but I have more control and feel comfortable that way.
- What are your plans for 2016 when it comes to adaptive sports?
My plans for 2016 are to compete in snowboarding competitions and make podiums as well as hopefully go to Winter XGames and the World Cups. When it comes to my MX racing; I want to make the podium for the Adaptive Championship and just have fun!
I would just like to say how inspiring it is to see a female MX rider with a brachial plexus injury. You have inspired me and I’m sure you inspire many others. Keep shredding and pushing the limits 👊🏻
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