What the world can learn from Torah Bright

Torah Bright for ROXY. Photo credit: ROXY

Ten reasons to follow Torah Bright for life.

This was going to be a post about young girls and why they should look to Torah for inspiration but then I realised that was sexist. The whole world, male and female, can learn something from Torah.

“Snowboarding has given me such a wonderful life and that is what I want to share” said Torah in Sochi this week. The avid social media advocate shares daily on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

I think there are a hundred reasons you should follow Torah in your life and here’s just ten to get you started.

She likes to dance

Did you see her shimmy at the bottom of her slopestyle run and again on the halfpipe? You have to love an athlete who dances with her sister to Eye of the Tiger on comp days. The same sister who created the hashtag #torahtime on instagram for fans to dance for Torah.

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She speaks her mind

She is the team leader of #teamoutcast the underground team of Australian Olympic athletes who have made it the harder way up the athlete pathway without the help of big funding dollars from government sporting agencies.

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At a press conference in Sochi this week she said:

“I would also love to see the development of the younger generations coming up. I am not going to be around for too many more years to come and team outcast is about making sure not just the top ones are taken care of but everyone else coming up too is taken care of.”

Torah also had no problem telling the world her thoughts on the slopestyle course, the halfpipe course and FIS snowboarding while in Sochi this last week.

She is a giver not a taker

Torah proudly supports her fellow snowboarders and publicly shouts her praises for young Aussie snowboarders Scotty James and Jarryd Hughes.

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When she missed out on a podium at Snowboard Slopestyle she didn’t hold back on her love for those who won the medals either and on the day the world was looking to Torah in the halfpipe she reminded the world there are other women riding beside her.

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She puts her fans first and says thank you

Thanks and gratitude goes a long way when you’re at the top of your game.

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She uses her fame for good not evil

The day of slopestyle debut in Sochi, Torah posted this on her Facebook page.

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She doesn’t drink or take drugs but still has a good time

I know, right?

She doesn’t strip off for mens magazines

Enough said.

She wins and loses with grace

“I don’t care about the colour of the medal. Life isn’t about winning. It’s about putting your best step forward. It’s about sharing your light” said Torah after winning silver and becoming Australia’s most successful winter Olympian on par with Dale Begg-Smith.

And when she missed out on a podium in slopestyle she showed the world why the sport matters, comraderie and care by posting a pic with the winner Jamie Anderson.

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She openly loves her family with gratitude

Torah posts pics of her nieces and nephews, praises her siblings almost daily and calls her brother and coach, Benny, the reason she gets the podiums.

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She rides like a demon

Why do you love Torah?

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Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.


  1. Re: Speaking her mind
    Let’s also remember that Aussie winter athletes get very little from governments state and federal, and that the funds which do come through are minimal to say the least. I remember reading that the budget for an Austrian skier is in the vicinity of $1 million per head with dedicated coaches, tuners, masseurs etc. Most Aussies are tuning their own rides and dream of the perks.

    Some get some funding from their ski clubs (shout out to Southern Alps Ski Club with four athletes at Sochi, namely Samantha Wells, Jenny Owens, Scott Kneller and Sami Kennedy-Sim). But very few get sponsorships which are sustainable such as an Ian Thorpe-type can get. Families come in behind these awesome athletes, sacrificing all to let their kids compete at this level, and not just financially (shout out to Russ Henshaw’s dad).

    We’re doing pretty well imo. Well done Torah!


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