© Herald photo by Perry Bergson
Local Crossfit athlete Whitney Darchuk won the women’s title at the Bridge City Beatdown in Saskatoon last weekend. Herald photo by Perry Bergson
Whitney Darchuk decided to use the Bridge City Beatdown in Saskatoon as a training weekend.
It apparently worked.
Darchuk won the women’s event despite not tapering beforehand because the road to her international goals begins next spring.
“I trained right through it, which was another really cool thing,” she said. “I didn’t train like I was going to an event but I still got first overall.”
The Bridge City Beatdown is the biggest event in Western Canada, drawing 300 competitors in two categories.
Darchuk was competing against 35 other women in the RX division.
“This was probably my most successful competition so far,” she said. “The volume of the weekend was a lot.”
She competed in four events on Saturday, and because she reached the final, five on Sunday.
Darchuk grabbed four firsts and a couple of seconds in the event. She was guaranteed the win by the time she reached the final because she had earned so many points.
The sport, which has a copyrighted name, 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.
Darchuk’s first visit to the Western Canadian regionals of the 2013 Reebok Games landed her a 10th place finish last June.
She was competing with the top 48 athletes in Western Canada for a chance to advance to the world Games. The top three finishers from each of the 17 regional qualifiers around the world go on to the worlds.
She hopes to compete in another event or two before the road back to regionals begins next spring but she is heading down to California to train with her coach next month.
Her focus now is on her mind.
“I went in there with a different approach than I have in the past,” she said. “I’m trying to work on the mental part of it now, being prepared and not being afraid of anything.”
She wasn’t the only member of the local gym competing.
In the female female beast category, Deanna Mckay placed 33rd. In the mens beast category, which had 56 competitors, 19-year-old Josh Kapacila was 22nd while 15-year-old James Kapacila was 23rd.
In the Brutes female team event, which had 60 teams, Traci Hobson and Connie Fontaine were 21st.