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Whitney Darchuk of Prince Albert finished 10th in the women’s division of the Western Canadian regionals of the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games in B.C. last weekend.
Whitney Darchuk’s first visit to the Western Canadian regionals of the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games has landed her a 10th place finish.
She was competing with the top 48 CrossFit athletes in Western Canada for a chance to advance to the seventh world CrossFit Games from July 26-28 in Carson, Calif.
The top three finishers from each of the 17 regional qualifiers around the world go on to the worlds.
Darchuk, 25, one of two female competitors from Saskatchewan in the event, said she enjoyed the experience.
“It was amazing. It was awesome,” she says. “After finishing the final event on the final day, I was already thinking I can’t wait until next year. I was already thinking what I was going to do for training; you learn where your strengths are and you learn where your weaknesses are.”
CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program where athletes train using constantly varied, high intensity functional movements during short workouts that include metabolic conditioning, gymnastic movements and Olympic weightlifting.
CrossFit specializes in not specializing and aims to prepare its athletes for any physical contingency; what its founders refer to as the “unknown and unknowable.”
Darchuk, who flew out to B.C. on Thursday and returned on Monday, was treating her first visit to the event as a scouting mission for future events.
“I think definitely going into next year I would like to place higher than I did this year,” she says. “I think if I work hard and put the hours in at the gym like I have been and am a little more specific on the weaknesses that I know stood out compared to others, then I shouldn’t have a problem hopefully.”
In the seven events spread over three days, Darchuk placed 29th, in a tie for 11th, in a tie for 25th, 10th, 13th, fourth and third.
Darchuk says the fact that she is quick to recover helped her on the final day of the competition when she posted a pair of top four placings.
“That gave me a good confidence boost finishing in those spots,” she says.
The overall experience also gave Darchuk the chance to judge the talent gap between her 10th place finish and the three women headed to worlds.
“There is a difference between spots but some of those spots up in the top area, there’s not a massive, massive difference,” she says. “It comes down to the workouts and movements and who is more well-rounded all the way through.”
Darchuk is going to head down to California with her mom to watch the worlds in July.
She brought her own cheering section of family, friends and other members of the Saskpro Crossfit gym to regionals to cheer her on. Darchuk said she was particularly impressed by how the large crowd and even the other athletes would encourage the last athlete doing the exercise after the others had finished.
When Darchuk returned to her Prince Albert gym on Tuesday, there was a massive poster signed by other Saskpro Crossfit members in honour of becoming the first member of the club to advance to that level.
It was one more way that the positive memories of her first trip to regionals will remain.
“It was fun to work out with a bunch of athletes at that level. The CrossFit community itself is pretty amazing.”