From novice to National Champ: Lilly Kamp’s journey on the Lees-McRae ski and snowboard team

Biology major and Wildlife Rehabilitation minor Lilly Kamp competed in her first ever snowboarding competition in the 2021−22 season. Although she said there was a bit of a learning curve when she first began snowboarding competitively, it didn’t take her long to get the hang of her new sport.  

Coming into the 2022−23 season, Kamp felt more confident in her skills and ability as a boarder thanks to her experience the previous season and the mentorship she received from then senior, and well-decorated snowboarder herself, Lili Bauer ’22. Kamp’s experience in her first season set her up for success at the 2023 United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championship, despite record-breaking rain and snowfall. 

Due to the weather conditions, all the women’s events at the championship were cancelled except for one, the boarder-cross event, a race Kamp said was one of the more nerve-wracking events for her due to complex features on the course and high jumps that she said she did not have a lot of experience on. Despite the obstacles, Kamp boarded the event expertly and was able to return to Lees-McRae with the title of Women’s Boarder-cross National Champion. 

“I learned that it’s all a mentality,” Kamp said. “Everything that you’re contemplating or are scared of, that’s your obstacle. That’s what you need to overcome.” 

Watch the video to learn more about Kamp’s journey to the National Championship and her goals for the rest of her career on the Lees-McRae ski and snowboard team.  

By Maya JarrellMay 12, 2023