It’s Thursday and we’ll be honest, we’re still coming down from the whirlwind of a weekend that was the @CFGCanWestReg! If it was possible to bottle the feeling you get watching all of the athletes give their full effort, we’d be rich… how many have seen PR’s this week during your own training simply due to #RegionalsHangover? I know we have.
Jay and I had an incredible time at the Rx booth hanging out with friends and meeting new ones. We are very blessed to be involved with the amazing community of people that make CrossFit what it is. Our sponsored athletes put out an effort that can only be described as INSPIRING. I don’t know who said it first, but I saw @SteveHowell_01 make a post prior to the Regional’s that said “Full Effort, Full Victory”. That is the perfect way to sum up the performances and every athlete should feel proud of their accomplishments this past weekend. It is becoming scary to think what another year of training is going to do to the level of competition we are going to see in 2013!
“Full Effort, Full Victory”. That is the perfect way to sum up the performances and every athlete should feel proud of their accomplishments…
On that note, as many of you may have seen or heard, we have finally finished our women’s WOD shorts! It has been impossible to mask our excitement as we have been working on these for many, many months and the shorts have been very well received so far. The completion of the shorts allows us to move on to an exciting next step as a company… SPONSORING OUR FIRST FEMALE ATHLETE!
As a young company, we’ve been incredibly fortunate to have received the support we have from the quality and caliber of athletes that have joined our team; this next athlete is no exception. Rx is pleased to announce that Mandy Gill is the first female sponsored athlete to come on board and join the team chalk full of awesome men! Mandy is a phenomenal athlete and the rate at which she continues to get better is scary! Her personality is so infectious, that when Mandy told us “I’m so excited!!! I have to call my mom!”, she had us wanting to call our moms we were so excited! Here is a little more about Mandy:
Is it too Xtreme to say CrossFit is Mandy Gill’s religion?
As far back as Mandy’s parents can remember it was nearly impossible to get her to stop doing handstands in front of the TV every…single…night. After nearly taking out a few TV’s with bad landings her parents decided it was time to channel that energy into something safer! At only five years old Mandy was running the bases on a softball league, and scoring points for her soccer team. This is when her love for sports began. Coming into junior high and high school, there was never a team she didn’t try out for. Failure was not an option.
It was in Mandy’s late teens that she was dealt some challenging cards. She had developed an intense eating disorder, which left her too weak and fatigued to take part in sports. After seeking help and opening up to the public about it, she can now truly say this was one of the greatest gifts she ever received. Why? Because it lead her to Crossfit!
In 2008, Mandy was introduced to her first ever CrossFit experience. Unable to achieve even one push up on her knees at the time, she knew she had found her true passion! Day in and out Mandy could be found at the gym for hours determined to find her true physical and mental strength. It didn’t take long. Before she knew it she was competing in the 2010 CrossFit Games Sectionals, followed by the 2011 CrossFit Games Regional’s, and Taranis Winter Challenge. The support she received was incredible; her Mom never missed an opportunity to cheer on her daughter from the sidelines.
There is no doubt Mandy is living her dream. When she isn’t encouraging others to keep pushing themselves at CrossFit North Vancouver, she’s making her co-workers at The Beat 94.5 do burpees for time! It’s obvious we’ll be seeing a lot more of Mandy Gill in the community, because every time she says or hears the word ‘CrossFit’ it’s impossible not to spot the fire in her eyes!
Words she lives by – ‘Life Begins At The End Of Your Comfort Zone’
Please join us in welcoming Mandy to the team and calling your moms to let them know as well!! We’re excited to get behind Mandy and watch her continue to excel. Make sure to check Mandy out on her Facebook and Twitter pages as well. Keep an eye on our pages tomorrow as well for the announcement of the male and female winners of the weekends Custom Branded Shorts contest!