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Fraser Valley Centaurs off to world championships

The CrossFit Fraser Valley Centaurs are off to the world championships this July in California. - photo courtesy of Joy Unaegbu
The CrossFit Fraser Valley Centaurs are off to the world championships this July in California.
— image credit: photo courtesy of Joy Unaegbu

When Nathan Beveridge and Robert Perovich opened Hybrid Athletics last year, their goal was to create a family atmosphere at the Langley gym.

And judging by what they saw in Richmond at the Canada West CrossFit regional championships last month, they have to be pleased with their early results.

“Everyone here has bought in as a family and that is what our vision was,” Beveridge explained.

“It has come to fruition.

“It is cool to see everyone come together.”

At the Richmond Olympic Oval two weeks ago (April 27-29), about 30 or 40 gym members showed up to cheer on the CrossFit Fraser Valley Centaurs, who placed second at the Canada West regional event, earning a spot to the world championships this July in California.

Teams consist of three men and three women — and two spares — who compete in the sport.

CrossFit is a fitness program designed around real day activities. How it works is that the competitors are given a workout — which changes each time — and are timed in how long it takes to complete.

Beveridge describes it as the sport of fitness.

Richmond was one of 17 regional sites around the world, with teams vying for a berth to this summer’s 2012 Reebok CrossFit world championships.

More than 70,000 athletes worldwide compete at the regionals, Beveridge said.

Next up for the Centaurs is the world championships in California from July 13-15.

The Centaurs are made up of Beveridge, Robert Perovich, Mark Cassibo, Josh Chavarria, Ruthie Unaegbu, Karolina Pawlak, Leah Goddard and Kelly Toth.

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