Kristie Ennis

Year: 2023
Award: Most Inspirational
Location/Affiliation: Glenwood, CO

  • Paralympic snowboarder, triathlete, mountaineer and philanthropist 
  • Reached six of the seven Summits 

When her helicopter crashed during her second deployment to Afghanistan, retired Marine Corps Sergeant Kirstie Ennis sustained multiple injuries, which led to more than 40 surgeries, including the amputation of her left leg above the knee. Kirstie, a Glenwood Springs resident, was still looking for a way to serve. Outdoor therapy was a vital part of her rehabilitation, and Kirstie aims to help others experience outdoor recreational therapy in underserved communities through the Kirstie Ennis Foundation. A Paralympic snowboarder, triathlete and mountaineer, Kirstie has climbed six of the Seven Summits, the highest peak on each continent, through her Climbing for a Cause initiative. She’s the first above-the-knee amputee to summit Mount Kilimanjaro and has twice been 600 feet of reaching the summit of Mt. Everest, turning back for the safety of her team. The Sportswomen of Colorado is honored to share Kirstie Ennis’ story with the presentation of our Most Inspirational Athlete award.

By Patti Arnold, former Grand Junction Daily Sentinel sports writer (retired)

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