Sometimes pride comes to you in the strangest ways and just makes you want to explode with good feelings towards someone else. We have all felt the national pride when our athletes win big on the world stage or when someone you know is recognized for their achievements and you’re so happy that notice is finally given to them.

But that is not what has my heart soaring today. Tonight as I think back on the day’s events I struggle to express just how great I feel about everyone that came out and competed and also those who came to support all the amazing athletes at Pure Athletics for the King and Queen competition. What started with an idea I had for a fun afternoon with some back-to-back workouts for mixed couples to compete in grew into a full scale Crossfit event. My goal was simply to give something back, in the way of an event, to the incredible people at the gym that have welcomed me from the moment one year ago when I first showed up to workout and have now become close friends and people I love.

That the event grew into a competition where 36 athletes chose to put it all on the line to do the best they could is really no surprise because that is the calibre of the people training there. But to see the support from other athletes who weren’t competing, who came out and helped judge, took photographs, cheered and yelled and made it into something that was for the whole Crossfit community, that was amazing.

It was fantastic to see Jian and Kaitlyn win because they are both great athletes and to see Rich and Lindsey, Rob and Mandy, Gerry and Kristine all do so well and completely in the running for first place shows the level of athleticism at the gym. But to see the other competitors bring their full game, to try their absolute hardest was so impressive to witness. Every single one of them are heroes to me and I am beyond moved by their strength and character. When I watched them fall off the rower at the end of the final workout, exhausted but proud of their effort, it made my heart soar.

Ever pair will have their own story of how well their partner did but mine will resonate with me for a very long time because my partner, Roe, not only made the competition a real race (we tied for 5th place) but she did it with that same remarkable glow that makes her one of the truly special people I know. Having a partner who will support you and keeping going no matter how tired they are is a wonderful thing to share and when we were passing those crazy stuffed bunnies during the first workout and her abs were screaming, she was still smiling, she kept going, she didn’t quit. I am so proud of her and so honoured that she was my partner. I’ll never forget that.

There were so many outstanding partnerships on the floor today, Sharon doing this event with her son, Travis was such a wonderful thing to see. Dave and Christina out there showing that they are both strong competitors even with a 5 month old daughter. Ally and Chris working together through every exercise, so supportive of each other was a joy to witness. Pete and Phyllis showing up in full costume then kicking butt on the workouts, always smiling, always aglow with the love they share, made me feel special just to be there and see it.

Pride isn’t always about how great you are or feeling good about the recognition you receive, it’s just not always about you. Sometimes, when you are lucky, you get to be a part of something that makes you so proud of the people you know and of their achievements. I was l lucky enough today to feel proud of a huge number of people. Their efforts made me feel like a better person for just witnessing what they accomplished. I am joyful for that experience. I am delighted call them all friends and to feel the warmth of their successes. Today was a day that reminded me what pride felt like.

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