P.A. motorsports star to be inducted into Snowmobile Hall of Fame

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The innovation, resilience and work ethic demonstrated by former motocross and snocross racer Blair Morgan has not been forgotten.

Former motocross and snocross champion Blair Morgan is spending a lot more time with his children, Corbyn, 12, and Breck, 9, since a back injury ended his career in 2008. The Prince Albert native will be inducted into the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in February.

At just 37 years old, the once world-renowned racer, nicknamed “Superman,” will be honoured in St. Germain, Wis., this February, by being inducted into the Snowmobile Hall of Fame.

“It’s pretty awesome,” said the Prince Albert native. “I’ve known about it for a while. We’ve actually donated two sleds that are in the museum at the hall of fame. I’ve been to some of the ceremonies before with other people who were inducted. I’m pretty honoured.”

Among his achievements, Morgan is a World Snocross snowmobile champion and five-time X-Games gold medalist. He is also credited by many as the man who revolutionized snocross.

“I definitely had a good run with my career,” Morgan continued. “Usually, they induct people when they’re a little bit older, but I was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame  here in Canada a couple of years ago, and now with the snowmobile one, I guess that kind of tops it off.”

His climb to the top of the motocross and snocross worlds did not end with a simple retirement, sadly. While practising at the 2008 Montreal Supercross, Morgan crashed and severed his spinal cord.

He is completely paralyzed from his midchest down, but fortunately, still has use of his arms and gets around with a non-electric wheelchair. To this day, he does not regret his involvement in extreme sports.

He has had to adapt to the limitations of his injuries but is not bitter about it. Just like the determination that was so apparent from his time racing, Morgan has not let his injury sink his character.

“It was basically at the tail-end of my career and it’s kind of a young man’s sport -- a lot of people don’t even go past their late 20s or into their 30s,” he said. “I still go to a few events and follow it on TV and the Internet.”

As well, Morgan still drives and snowmobiles. In fact, he is considering flying out to Winnipeg to join team manager and friend Jamie Anseeuw, before driving down to Wisconsin for the ceremony.

Morgan has thought about a lot of things since the incident. For one, he said he’s become even more staunchly focused on the upbringing of his two children.

“I basically went from being away (from my children) all the time to now I’m here for them all of the time,” he said.

“They’re getting pretty involved in activities, so that’s pretty much my life now -- kind of chasing after them and driving them to different events,” Morgan added with a chuckle.

He enjoys having some time off and being back in his hometown, especially living in a more remote area just off of Buckland Road. Growing up on a farm, Morgan considers himself to have always been an outdoorsman.

 While he mostly kept to himself as a kid and doesn’t know a whole lot of people in P.A., he said it didn’t hurt that his home province was a good central point for travelling in Canada.

“I always rode motorcycles and snowmobiles, and there’s a lot of area here to do that kind of thing,” he said. “I kind of didn’t do a lot of the local stuff once I turned pro -- mostly, I was travelling around -- But I would always come between weeks and practise here ... I grew up riding in sand pits that are nearby where I live right now.’’

Morgan first got involved with motocross after he watched his brother race locally. At 13, he started racing mini-bikes, and after travelling throughout Canada, turned pro in 1993.  He first started racing snowmobiles in 1997 and received his first big break for snocross during a trip down to Montana.

He will be inducted into the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain, Wis., on Feb. 16.

alex.dipietro@paherald.sk.ca 

Organizations: Prince Albert

Geographic location: Canada, Winnipeg, Wisconsin Buckland Road Montana

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