It was hard to miss the Durti Gurlz this past Saturday at the Vancouver Femsport Challenge. Held in the Shipbuilder's Square at Lonsdale, the event proved to be a huge success for the Aldergrove team.
As a sanctioned Femsport Training facility, Aldergrove's Apocalypse Training and Fitness now proudly boasts the 2013 Vancouver Femsport Grand Champion. Cindy Legare brought home the gold with an amazing display of athleticism, sportsmanship and dedication. Earning a top spot as second place team in the open division, Legare, Erin Schwaiger, and Samantha Hladun-Smith beamed with pride while receiving their silver medals.
The Durti Gurlz and their supporters were cheering loudly as Tara Strachan, Amber Wold and Isabella Touchet brought home the bronze in the novice teams division. Wold went on to receive second place in the novice individual category. The Durti Gurlz novice teams also placed fourth and fifth at the event.
"We wouldn't be here without the encouragement, support, and expertise of Apocalypse, its trainers and our coach," says Schwaiger.
This, and similar, sentiments are shared by all team members, including Yvonne Adderley, who says, "We're like a family. I have so much love for these women. This training has changed my life and I am so proud not only of myself but of my whole team."
The women, led by coach John Coyle, proved worthy of their "Durti" name. They were indeed "Determined, Unstoppable, Relentless, Tenacious and Irresistible" as they dominated kettle bell runs, 120 pound tire drags, 275 pound tire flips, obstacle courses and box jumps.
It's not every day a local team like this is selected for sponsorship by some big names but the Durti Gurlz earned it. PVL Essentials, the natural support supplement brand, and Posse Ink, teamed up to show their support for the Durti Gurlz.
Says Legare, "We are so grateful for these sponsorships. I hope we made them proud. A huge thank you to PVL for powering us up and Posse Ink for our team shirts screening but mostly for believing in this team."
Eager for their next challenge, the Durti Gurlz are back at the gym for some metabolic bootcamps, advanced Apocalypse classes, crossfit style training, and nutrition counselling. Whatever their coaches are doing, it works. These ladies rocked the podium and represented Aldergrove and Apocalypse Training with a passion.
One of the only fitness facilities in the fraser valley to be approved and recommended by Femsport Athletics, Apocalypse is breeding champions. If you'd like to get in on this action and become your own champion, you can visit them at #30 - 26157B - 262 Street.
Aldergrove’s Apocalypse Training and Fitness is now home to the 2013 Grand Champion, Cindy Legare, whose open team place first, with team-mates Erin Schwaiger, Cindy Legare, and Samantha Hladun-Smith.