King and Queen Competition Summary
Yesterday was an amazing day in our gym. The third King and Queen competition was a big success with 25 teams competing for the plastic crown. With 5 very different workouts it was a total mixup for the competitors. Two of the workouts were put in for the fun value, piggy backing your partner while picking up plastic roses and doing a wheel barrow with a box of chocolates balancing on your back are not challenges you will see anywhere else. But the other 3 workouts were more typical Crossfit wods, cleans for max weight lifted in 7 minutes, max burpees, situps & pushups in 9 minutes, and a chipper with 40 reps of pullups, box jumps, overhead squats, and kettlebells were all straight ahead full effort workouts. In the end congratulations go to Pete and Phyllis who defeated two time reining King Jian with his partner Ally by one point and were crowned the new King and Queen.
The matching outfits were fantastic but no one rocked a neon green tutu more than Peter and Sameen, their outstanding costumes took top prize. The spirit of the day was fun but the athletes were also there for the challenge. With no judging but instead scorekeeping duties assigned out to all participants I’d hoped to keep everyone involved in keeping it a fun and fairly run event. This worked for the most part although I had to chase down scorekeepers a number of times to keep things moving. I only heard of one negative report on some bad interaction between an athlete and a scorekeeper and I am hoping to put that down to the competitive spirit momentarily overriding good judgement and behaviour. In the end we all want to compete and enjoy doing it and there are always lessons to be learned.
I want to give a huge thank you to Karlo for taking on the role of head scorekeeper. He worked with me ahead of time and was entering the data after every heat so that in the end we had an official result very quickly. Awesome job, and couldn’t have done that without him.
Also a big thanks to Dave for organizing the food for after the competition and to Richard for manning the grill as we used our gym’s brand new barbecue for the first time.
The food tasted great after 4 hours of competition and was much appreciated.
I want to thank all the athletes who competed. Their participation helped us raise money for our competition fund, which is going to make it possible for us to pay entry fees for our competitors in future events. These athletes represent us and put in an extraordinary amount of work to be the best they can be so it is great to be able to support their efforts with this type of fundraising. They are the ones who never miss a workout and are always there for our competitor classes and Olympic weight lifting sessions. It was great to see so many come and join us from other Crossfit gyms and for me especially exciting to have my daughter, Casey there with Seth doing their first Crossfit competition. Our gym did a wonderful job at welcoming these new faces into our box and making them feel at home. There were a number of first time competitors and I’m sure now they’ve experienced this they will be back for me. A few blind dates were setup as individual athletes were paired up and they all worked out exceptionally well. They all got into the spirit of partnering and did a fantastic job. I also want to thank Roe, who has been my partner in each of these competitions. Not only is she an amazing athlete but she is such an incredible partner and wonderful person that I know I’m lucky to have her do these with me. Once again it was great to see Sharon bring another family member along, the first King & Queen Travis was her partner and this time Brianna came down from Kelowna and partnered with Dave. Always great to have her in the gym.
The King and Queen competition started because after joining Crossfit North Vancouver and be so welcomed by this amazing community I wanted to give something back and create a fun event that would be accessible for any member. It has grown now into what is still a fun event but is more about our community. There will be another one in the summer and hopefully we will see even more of our own members signing up to compete.