When I played on a sport team the notion of teamwork was clear. There is your team with its well-defined roles and then outside of that group is everyone else. Teams are structured to get a group of individuals acting towards achieving a common goal.
There are other times when teamwork can be utilized for a common goal but require a more selfless act. If you are second string on a football team you know that it is unlikely that you will see much playing time. That doesn’t stop a good team player from showing up for every practice and giving 100% to help the rest of the team prepare for the next game.
We have an opportunity coming up in our gym where the entire community can be part of our team. There are going to be a series of workouts in the Crossfit Open competition that we can all take part in. As we register to compete and list ourselves as part of the Crossfit North Vancouver team we have the chance to add points to our team’s standings. Our goal is to get our best team qualified to compete in the Regional championships. Once we have done that then the next goal will be to do everything we can to prepare them for that competition with the intention of seeing them win a chance to compete in the Crossfit Games. These are ambitious goals but we have the talented athletes and outstanding coaching to make it a reality.
Here is where we can work together as a larger team without actually being on the smaller team. Each and very athlete can commit to pushing themselves as much as they can and in doing so push our competitors harder to stay at the front of the pack. We want to make it hard for those top athletes in the gym to be the first ones finished a workout. We want to run faster, row harder, give 100% so the bar is always held high.
We also want to recognize that not every one of our better athletes is going to be included on that final team and that our coaches are going to make the final determination of who will represent us. Those ones that are closer to that inner circle will show us their character when they accept the coaches’ choice and continue to train hard and push their fellow athletes to be their very best.
I know we have that kind of gym. I know our athletes whether they are competitors or not are those kind of people.
We are coming up to the starting gate and I hope the CFNV community charges into the Open competition with a roar that will be heard all the way to Los Angeles.
Go team Go.