Tonight at 5pm the final Open workout will be released. I sent an email to a few local media sources earlier this week to let them know about the magic (I didn’t use that word) that has been happening at CFS on Friday evenings. I showed Jayde the email yesterday and her reaction made me realize I should share it with all of you. Not only is this the final Open workout, but it’s also the last chance for a little while for us to come together to cheer on so many of our competing athletes. The next step (Regionals) is amazing and exciting in its own way but we will only feel so attached to a few people there. Here is what I wrote in my email:
“Jesse and I would like to invite you to a really exciting community event happening at CrossFit Squamish (38930 Mid Way) this Friday evening from 6:45pm-9pm. The CrossFit Games Open (www.games.crossfit.com) is an online qualifier for the CrossFit Regionals (May), and ultimately the World CrossFit Games (July), that consists of 5 weekly workouts that people perform in their local gym. Athletes compete and log their scores against over 200 000 people worldwide, and specifically the rest of Canada West (1 of 13 regions worldwide), in hopes of qualifying for the Canada West Regionals in May at the Richmond Oval.
At CrossFit Squamish we have 42 of our athletes registered for the Open and have created a weekly event out of it on Friday nights so that the athletes can compete against each other and with the support of family and friends. The evenings have included registered judges for the workouts, tons of supporters (up to 50 spectators each week), cooked food provided by Cliff and really really loud cheering.
What is exciting for us at CrossFit Squamish is that we currently have 3 athletes that are in a position to qualify among of the top 48 men and 48 women in Canada West to compete at Regionals. One of our coaches at CFS, Jayde Quilty, is currently sitting in 2nd place in Canada West (out of 1900 women) after 4 of 5 workouts, and 65th on the Worldwide Leaderboard (out of over 65 000 women)! She has not only secured herself a place at Regionals but is hoping to be one of 2 women who will qualify in May to go to the World CrossFit Games in California this summer. In 2013 Jayde finished the Open online qualifier in 11th and placed 6th at Regionals, missing qualifying for the World Games by 4 places. You can imagine our excitement this year!
Andrew Slater, another CrossFit Squamish coach (and Whistler Ski Patroller), is currently going into the final workout in 38th place in Canada West. If the workout goes well for him this week, this will be his first time qualifying for the Canada West Regionals. Brad Burling, another athlete of ours (and owner of local company Burling Builders), is sitting in 51st place in Canada West. It is well within his reach to do well this week in the final workout and also qualify for Regionals for the first time.
What is really exciting and inspiring is that the other 39 CrossFit Squamish athletes competing in this event are Squamish locals including teachers, nurses, moms, grandmas, Quest University faculty and business owners. The atmosphere that is created in these events is hard to describe in words. We strongly encourage you to come check it out. The workout details are released at games.crossfit.com at 5pm on Thursday evening. Heats at CFS start at 6:45pm on Friday. The final heat with our elite competitors will be the last heat of the evening (roughly sometime around 7:30-8:30pm as heat lengths depend on how long the workout is).”
All current, past and future CFS members and their friends are welcome to come out on Friday night. We encourage you to wear your reds and blacks and CFS gear. Your support means so much to the athletes. Please park on the street if possible!
Heather & Jesse