2016 MS. WHEELCHAIR WASHINGTON - NICOLE MARTINI
"Everyone deserves a hassle free travel experience" ~ Nicole Martini ~ Ms. Wheelchair Washington 2016 Nicole Martini was born with Spina Bifida in San Diego, CA and moved to the Seattle area in 2011. She has always had a passion for helping others and has a long history of being involved with her community since childhood. She’s an avid swimmer and is a member of team Seattle’s Shadow Seals swim team. Advocating is nothing new for Nicole as she has spent a lifetime advocating for herself as well as championing adaptive sports involvement. She and her husband Victor live in beautiful Woodinville and enjoy raising their pups Angel and Peanut and experiencing Pacific Northwest traditions and festivities. In her current position with Alaska Airlines as a Reservations Agent, Nicole helps people, many travelers who, like her, are wheelchair users, with questions and ultimately reservations. The calls she enjoys most are people with accessibility questions as she knows that not everyone has flown or knows what to expect or ask when it comes to airline travel as a wheelchair user. Nicole Martini’s Platform Title: Barrier Free Travel – Fight for Flight Platform Focus: The ultimate goal of Nicole’s platform is to help champion accessible travel by air, making it as comfortable as possible for everyone, but especially those with mobility issues that she herself can relate so well with. Nicole looks forward to working one on one with Alaska Airlines, along with educating the public, to do just that!
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Evelyna Castro Ms. Wheelchair WA. 2014
Thank you for making my day a Great one EVERYONE!!! You all are really great people. :)
Anyway, to get back to the current show I am in which only has a total of 4 performances, (1 down 3 to go). I truly appreciate that everyone is willing to make the theatre backstage area work which is not wheelchair accessible, which means being carried up and down steps to get to and from the stage. I do not like it at all, but hey, I'm not going to quit if they are willing to make it work as a team. The problem I do have is that it is really getting on my nerves that some of the backstage crew is taking it upon themselves to practically push me on stage at inappropriate times (when I am not supposed to to be onstage). If I am trying to physically stop you from wheeling me onto stage please respect that and don't do it. I do know when I am supposed to be up there or waiting in the wings. If you are not dancing with me on stage or lifting me up/down steps please hands off my chair. To tell you the truth it's just makes those people who think I should be up there or in the front for everyone to see look bad. Don't get me wrong I do appreciate they are trying to help but PLEASE ASK before doing something like this, I do take performing seriously even if it is on a community level. Acting is something I have done at a semi-professional level and I do take it serious.
This is my current complaint, but all in all I am having a Great time with great folks and would LOVE to continue performing!!! Not going to let stupid stuff discourage me from my passions in life.
This past weekend I went to the Seattle area to attend The Ravishing Women Show with Ms. Wheelchair America Jennifer Adams!! WOW!! The Ravishing Women show was SO Beautiful!!! There were so many Fantastic people, food, vendors selling things like jewelry and clothing and more, plus a couple of people doing Henna which I unfortunately did not get the chance to have done. EVERY TIME I got to a place where there is Henna I have to get it done because I love it so much. Henna is definitely an art form being so intricate and detailed in the designs. I’ve always been quite fascinated with different cultures from around the world so this even was extremely exciting for. The people I met at the Ravishing Women Show we so very kind, generous, helpful and just all around lovely, lovely people. All the women participating in the Miss/Mrs. India Washington Pageant looked so breathtakingly gorgeous in their traditional clothing and makeup. The talent portion of the pageant was a lot of fun to watch even though I only saw a very small portion of it because I was helping Jenny at her table. The dancers were incredible; the singers were beautiful and unique, Jenny even performed a dance to a song called “Walk On Water” which everyone loved!! Unfortunately I did not get to see