With a total of eight divisions and 350 competitors, this year's Bridge City Beatdown was a sight to behold.
Taking place at the Ramada Golf Dome in Saskatoon from Sept. 8-10, there was over 35,000 square feet of space to work with and two competition floors running simultaneously.
CrossFit North Battleford sent 19 athletes to the three-day event in eight teams of two and one individual. The local club, coached by Antje Rongve and Breanne Hansen, hit the podium three times, with a first, second, and third-place finish.
"With CrossFit we find that once people start they become addicted," Rongve said in an email. "Every CrossFit gym is like a family where we celebrate each other's successes.The reason CrossFit is getting so popular is because of the success rates it has with its members."
Raylene Kennedy and Alison Tomiyama, team name WOD SQUAD, took home gold in the beginner division, Dallas Odgers and Graham Unruh, team name nbstrength.ca, took home silver in the Rx'd division, and Mandy Lehman and Amie Herbel, team name Snatch Attack, took home bronze in the beginner division. Odgers and Unruh competed last year, where they finished in second.
"What distinguishes the beginners from RX'd is the difficulty of movement," Rongve explained. "For example, beginners could do banded pull ups at the bar, and RX'd would do muscle-ups in an event."
CrossFit North Battleford first opened in January 2016, but was first called North Battleford Strength and Conditioning. It didn't become an actual CrossFit affiliate until March 2016, which means they'll hit their two-year anniversary at the end of this winter.
"The gym has not stopped growing since it opened," Rongve said, who herself finished in fifth out of 44 teams in the female open division along with Hansen. "We have helped a lot of people get healthier through fitness."
The eight total divisions registrants could choose from were teen individuals (14-18), elite individuals, elite Masters Individuals (40+), Rx'd teams, open teams, beginner teams, master 1 teams (40-49), and master 2 teams (50+). All teams consisted of the same sex.
Competitors from Alberta and Manitoba also travelled from out of province to attend the event, which was in its eighth year.
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