Coach Bull summarizes the Gorilla Games:
Signing up for the Gorilla Games months back I had no idea what to expect but I knew there were a number of athletes from our gym going so figured it would be a fun competition to go to. It was fun but it was also so much more.
I was lucky enough to be there to witness not only some of our experienced competitors do amazing things but also to see others who were very new to competition. There is something that makes my heart swell with pride when I witness that incredible drama of someone pushing themself so far away from their comfort zone and excelling in a battle that ultimately is with themselves. Certainly there are other competitors out there at the same time and we are measured against them but the bigger challenge is taking the fears and doubts that lie within and controlling them, then channeling that energy into something amazing.
I saw athletes face those challenges head on and win. In my opinion everyone who is brave enough to step onto the competition floor is a winner. Being willing to take on whatever is thrown at them is real bravery. It doesn’t matter if there is an event that pushes you back because it doesn’t push you over. It shows you that even if you are unsuccessful you still won’t quit. I teaches you that there are good days and bad days in competition but if you went out and did your best then it is always a good day.
Sharon picked up a barbell that she had only just managed to handle its 85 pound weight for an overhead squat a few days ago. She picked it up and performed sets of them. Sam jumped over boxes, skipped and rowed and when she couldn’t do the ring dips she carried on and showed her character all the way. Ally proved that there is so much more coming ahead for her as on her first individual competition she made it to the finals. And likewise for Phyllis who competed alongside Ally in the final workout and then stood on the podium in third place.
Coach Mustang aka Sally blew the competition away. Even though she was eligible to compete in the Masters division she chose the Open category for a tougher challenge and then crushed every workout to make it to the finals. Then our two firebreathers Mandy and Roe showed us what powerful women they were. Fighting through a challenging workout with hand stand pushups performed on the rings was incredible to watch. Roe struggled with the movement but would not give up. She showed us all that being competitor isn’t just about having the fastest time, that it is more about having the heart to keep going when its tough, to never quitting, to keep going. Mandy kept going right to the final and showed what an impressive athlete she is and amazed us all with her rock steady performance.
There was so much strength of character shown today that I could not have been prouder to be wearing the Crossfit North Vancouver emblem. These athletes all faced their own challenges and excelled at them. They represented. They did us all proud and I was honoured to be there with them.
FULL RESULTS ARE HERE – http://www.gorillagamesthrowdown.com/competition/55/results