MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
HOME TOWN: Sao Paulo, Brazil
RESIDES: Vancouver, BC
In Adam's words, " I've had an interest for Martial Arts for as long as I can remember. I always loved watching the classic martial arts movies from the 80's and 90's and when the first UFC events came out on VHS me and the other kids used to rent them and go outside to try to recreate those moves we had just watched. When I was 12 for influence of my older sister I started learning Morganti Ju-Jitsu. A style of martial created in Brazil, but based on Japanese Ju-jitsu. And I haven't stopped since. I moved to Vancouver in 2008 after being invited by Cesar Narita, a good friend of mine who was trying to establish a Morganti Ju-Jitsu and MMA school in Canada. The rest is history."
HOME TOWN: North Vancouver
RESIDES: North Vancouver
Ainslie works as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist on the North Shore. She just completed her Master's of Kinesiology from UBC and currently competes in the sport of working out, otherwise known as CrossFit. Ainslie loves the North Shore, her trouble-making husky Hudson, her patient husband Nick, coffee and sunshine! She also has a fondness for throwing around heavy weights and the odd ice cream.
HOME TOWN: North Vancouver, BC
RESIDES: North Vancouver, BC
Alex is a young athletic person, who has found himself, passionately interested in longboard racing. he has been riding for 6 years, and competing for 4 years. in 2015 he was ranked the number one U18 racer in the world, in 2016, has found himself 6th in the world for the mens open category, as well as first for Canada. Alex has traveled the world to race in 7 different countries, and visited 11.
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
HOME TOWN: St Albert, Alberta
RESIDES: Canmore, Alberta
Amanda is an elite level Cross Country skier, Representing Canada at the age of 17 on the world scene and to this date holding the best result by a Canadian woman at the World Junior Championships. This led her to being the youngest woman to ever represent Canada at the 2006 Torino Olympics for cross country skiing. By 2009 Amanda was forced to take a year off due to injury. She used this year to rehab and regain the passion of the sport. Clearly results were great as Amanda made it to the Sochi Olympic games representing Canada again.
ULTRA DISTANCE TRAIL RUNNING
HOME TOWN: Vancouver, BC
RESIDES: Vancouver, BC
Before becoming an ultra marathoner, Dianna ran on the roads for years. She's completed over 12 half marathons, 1 full marathon and 2 ultra marathons. Gradually she's transitioned over to trail running and realized that's where her passion lies. She loves to run through mountains, over peaks and valleys.
In Dianna's words, "I run with a group that's a very tight knit group that's all about support and community, doesn't matter how far you're going we support one another and the hugs and smiles are free!" She is also the volunteer coordinator for the Coast Mountain Trail Series with Gary Robbins and Geoff Langford.
HOME TOWN: Vanderhoof, BC
RESIDES: Squamish, BC
Eric has always loved the freedom and fitness that cycling give you. His first job was at a local sports store working as a bike mechanic. Every penny he made went back into his bike. At 17 he cycled around the south island of New Zealand by himself. He now resides in Squamish BC, the mountain bike capital of Canada, and spends his time racing and exploring on his bike.
Due to overwhelmingly sunny and warm weather, Sigges Payak was cancelled this year. We're already looking forward to next year's event. Classic and Skate racers compete in 15km, 30km and 50km distances at Whistler Olympic Park in the Callaghan Valley, hosted by Callahan Valley Cross Country Ski Club.
Dr. Josh Binstock represented Canada at the 2012 London Olympics. He and partner Sam Schacter are aiming for Rio in 2016.
Kicking Horse Cup
3 racing events form an Overall GC Points Series to find Western Canada's Best Men's & Women's A & B category racers. Cyclists only wanting to attend individual races of interest are always welcome and will combat for individual race and door prizes!
The Alberta Provincial Championships / Perogy XC Mountain Bike event is one of the three races from which a rider may be selected to be sent on the Tour of the Dragon!
Stanley Park Open
Beautiful Stanley Park, Vancouver is hosting the 2014 Stanley Park Open, one of the biggest amateur tennis tournaments in North America, July 9-24, 2014.
Van Isle 360° International Yacht Race
From June 6 to 20, 52 boats and around 500 sailors will be navigating around Vancouver Island in the 10-leg contest which starts and ends in Nanaimo.
Read more about it here, and visit the official website below.
CrossFit Western Regionals
We'll be pouring Q in the athletes village to help these remarkable crossfitters stay hydrated, perform PR's and enjoy the recovery!
RUNNING - SPRINTER
HOME TOWN: Paris, France
RESIDES: North Vancouver, BC
Karin is a competitive track athlete who specializes in sprints. She started training as a sprinter for the first time at the age of 25, following a comeback to sports after rehabilitating her chronically sore knees. After being initially told that running would make her knee issues worse, she did strength and running technique training in order to complete a fundraising road run in support of a family member who was then fighting cancer. That was when her addiction started and her quest to be able to run more and faster without having to ever face knee pain again. She started with road and cross-country running, but after doing trials with the Norwesters Track & Field club she was identified as having more potential as a sprinter. After a year of training, she managed to improve her time and technique enough to shave nearly 1s off her 100m and 200m times. In her 3rd season she was ranked 5th in the 100m and 6th in the 200m at the Provincial level and was in the National Top 50 list for the 100m and 200m. Her passion for the sport of running has grown so much that she is now mentoring newer athletes in her club and is helping other runners as a personal trainer. Her focus of course being running and sprinting technique and injury prevention. In the fall and winter, she enjoys competing in the odd cross-country and trail race for the fun and community aspect of these events that originally got her back into running.
HOME TOWN: Calgary, AB
RESIDES: Burnaby, BC
Mandy Gill - Crossfit athlete, founder of MGM Fitness, TV personality, and advocate of everything health related. After overcoming anorexia in her late teens, she fell in love with Crossfit in 2007 and from this her passion of living life to the fullest with fitness was born. Mandy began competing in 2010 at the Crossfit Sectionals, followed by qualifying at the Crossfit Regionals in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and soon to be 2015 with her Crossfit North Vancouver teammates. Determined to share her experience of how life changing and beneficial healthy living can be, she’s appeared as a Fitness Segment Host over 70+ times on CTV MORNING LIVE, graced magazine covers across North America, and enjoys every minute of time spent with her boyfriend Sean, their two dogs Mylo & Chancellor, and big extended family.