Liz Carrier

Liz Carrier

Head Barbell & Sport Coach

Matt "Rainman" Stonkus

Matt "Rainman" Stonkus

EDUCATION

  • CrossFit Level One Certified
  • Movement X

ATHLETIC HISTORY

  • Competitive CrossFit Athlete since 2009
  • Multi Time CrossFit Regionals Competitor
  • Varsity Rugby Player
  • OUA Rugby

PASSIONS

ABOUT

I started Crossfit in 2009 as a way to training for my upcoming Rugby season. After I finished my university career and retired from Rugby I continued with Crossfit. From their I was introduced to a number of new activities and sports such as gymnatics, parkour, rowing, running, and olympic lifting.

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Katie Fagan

Katie Fagan

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Sean Burrows

Sean Burrows

EDUCATION

CrossFit Level One Certified
3+ Years of Training & Competing

ATHLETIC HISTORY

Once did a Double Back Flip on a trampoline

PASSIONS

Watching Movies and TV Shows
Bowling
Maybe fitness?

ABOUT

I was born and Raised in Vancouver, and played every sport growing up (ok at everything, not great at anything). I left Fitness World because I was bored and like being social and the Community aspect of CrossFit appealed to me. I like pushing myself and being better every day and I also love sharing that with people I love.

Growing up in North Vancouver, Sean always had a interest in sport.  With having so many sports and activities available to him, at one point or another he did them all.  If it involved a ball, a puck or a board, Sean got his hands on it.

After high school Sean quit the team thing and joined a boxing gym, and it was here where he got a taste for intensity.  Skipping, sprinting, and plyometrics we a big part of training and it pushed him.  Supplemented with his Fitness World membership, it worked… for a while.

After a couple years of the same routine, it was time to try something new.  A quick conversation with his brother and they both decided to try Crossfit.  After completing his onramp, Sean was ready for his first full blown Crossfit class – “Kalsu”. Little did he know, this was one of the ‘worst’ and hardest CrossFit workouts that exists, maybe an agressive day 1. Either way, it was an eye opener to say the least, and it was the spark that pushed Sean to want to continue to train and be better.

In his day job Sean works as a Talent Agent. He loves working with people and helping them achieve their goals whether that’s to book an acting part of photoshoot, or to find a new level of fitness. As Sean continues to learn and grow as a coach, he hopes he can pass along some of the passion and excitement he has experienced from Crossfit.

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Mike Whyte

Mike Whyte

EDUCATION

CrossFit Level One Certified
3 years of Coaching Experience

ATHLETIC HISTORY

2012 and 2013 CrossFit Open Competitor, Canada West
Provincial level Rugby
Rep Ice Hockey
Langley Eagles Rep
Other Competitive Sports: Tennis, Baseball, Lacrosse, and Football

PASSIONS

Socializing with friends

ABOUT

My older brother introduced me to CrossFit a couple years ago – at first I was skeptical due to my previous knee injuries knowing that squatting was a major component of the sport. With reassurance and further education, I finally decided to give CrossFit a shot. I was addicted instantly. My knees are stronger than ever and I am injury free! Nothing else rivals the sense of community that CrossFit brings. It invites everyone from all fitness levels to reach their goals, and along the way develop friendships that last forever just like the competitive sports I used to play.

Mike Whyte is the second son of a former South African pro sportsman and is 7 years junior to his older brother James. Growing up, Mike followed the family trend, competing in numerous sports including rugby and tennis. His family immigrated from South Africa to Canada which opened the door to endless opportunities including more traditional Canadian sports like hockey, lacrosse, baseball, and football. Coming from Africa, Mike’s experience in below freezing conditions was minimal, especially on ice, so many people were surprised to see him lace up a pair of ice skates for the first time. It took him a couple seasons to grasp the art of ice skating but by the age of 14 he earned a spot on the Langley Eagles rep hockey roster. Rep hockey is a ‘full time’ sport to most, requiring 7 days a week of training and practice, Mike decided it wasn’t. Being a “Whyte boy” meant following in some pretty big athletic shoes, which he accomplished. The same year as playing rep hockey Mike competed at the provincial level for Rugby as well, also a full time commitment. The youngster refused to choose one sport over the other and pursued both. This unfortunately ended up in severe tears in both his patella tendons. Mike struggled with these injuries for years which eventually forced him to hang up his competitive rugby boots and ice skates.

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Derek Bedry

Derek Bedry

EDUCATION

CrossFit Level One Certified
3 Years of Coaching Experience
9 Credits in Kinesiology

ATHLETIC HISTORY

2013 and 2014 CrossFit Open Competitor, Canada West

PASSIONS

Video games, Marvel movies

ABOUT

In June 2013, Derek joined Raincity Athletics just as it opened its doors, making innumerable technical improvements and strength gains under the top-notch tutelage of passionate coaches. He received his Level One Trainer designation that October. A year and a half after his first punishing WOD, Derek is thrilled to be added to the Raincity Athletics staff.

If you had told Derek at any point between the ages of 14-19 he would be athletic, he would probably not have believed you. As an adult, he had been lifting weights in the gym for about five years without seeing the results he wanted.

Enter CrossFit. Derek took up “the sport of fitness” while living and working as a news reporter in the frigid far north of B.C., where there wasn’t much else to do. There was no doubting the rapidly accumulating social and physical benefits of working out in that first CrossFit box. Derek became hooked and set his sights on the longer-term goal of coaching almost immediately.

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Alexi Bergeron

Alexi Bergeron

EDUCATION

CrossFit Level One Certified
10+ Years of Coaching
Outlaw Way CrossFit Camp

ATHLETIC HISTORY

2012 Western Canada Regionals Team Competitor (147th individually in the region)
CFG Regionals Competitor 2013 (Team)
176 Fittest in Western Canada (2014)
2013 CrossFit Open Competitor
Three-Time Taranis Winter Challenge competitor
Strongman Competitor
2nd degree black belt, Shotokan Karate

PASSIONS

YouTube fitness video junkie
Mindfulness meditation
Movement Culture
Aikido

ABOUT

Athletic training and competition have been an integral part of Alexi’s life since age 11. His early years were shaped by cross-country running and Shotokan Karate. Since then he has been active in a number of sports and movement disciplines: crew, rugby, baseball, Aikido, and yoga.  Alexi began consistently training his strength and conditioning while attending UBC. Though motivated to keep fit, his workout regimen always left him searching for something more. The community and discipline of Karate were absent and he could not shake the feeling that there was a certain emptiness to the endless, repetitive sets and reps.

CrossFit changed everything.

“I can still clearly remember the first time I saw a CrossFit workout in person. My training partner and I were in the gym working hard, or so we thought. In came a barrel-chested guy whom we had seen before. He started a workout with what I would later learn are cleans and burpees. It was the most impressive display of strength and fitness I had ever seen first hand! As soon as he was done I went up to him to ask him what he was doing. ‘CrossFit,’ he said, panting. I was hooked. That was more than four years ago.”

It was CrossFit that brought meaning and purpose back to Alexi’s pursuit of fitness via goal-focused programming, competitive drive, and a community-based approach.

Alexi’s coaching career began shortly after taking up Karate when his instructor made him teacher of a class of six and seven year old white belt students. Since then he has worked with clients and athletes of all ages and abilities to improve their fitness across a broad spectrum of movement modalities.

Important influences in Alexi’s coaching and training: Mark Rippetoe, James FitzGerald, Greg Glassman, Moshe Feldenkrais, Ido Portal, Gichin Funakoshi, Steve Flores, Rudolph Nielsen and Jackie Chan.

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Taryn Haggerstone

Taryn Haggerstone

EDUCATION

CrossFit Level One Certified
CrossFit Level 2 Coaches Prep Certified
CrossFit Endurance Certified
Bachelor of Kinesiology
Westside Barbell Certified CrossFit Powerlifting Trainer
NCCP Olympic Weightlifting Club Coach
BC Weightlifting Certified Club Coach
Standard First Aid/CPR/AED Level C
Occupational First Aid level II

ATHLETIC HISTORY

2016 Western Canadian Weightlifting Championships – 2nd Place (63kg)
2016 Icebreaker Challenge – 2nd Place (Individual)
2015 BC Provincial Weightlifting Championships – 1st Place (63kg)
2015 Senior Canadian Weightlifting Championships – 16th Place (63kg)
2015 Western Canadian Weightlifting Championships – 3rd Place (63kg)
2014 BC Provincial Weightlifting Championships – 3rd Place (63kg)
2014 Canada West Regionals – 19th Place (Individual)
2014 Canadian Western Championships – 3rd Place (63kg)
2013 BC Provincial Championships – 2nd Place (63kg)
2012 BC Provincial Championships – 2nd Place (63kg)

PASSIONS

Writing & blogging at www.gohardgetstrong.com

ABOUT

I grew up in a pretty outdoorsy family, and have always loved being active. I got my first taste of being competitive in sports during middle school, and have been hooked ever since. Over the years I’ve competed in Gymnastics, Ultimate Frisbee, Running, Cheerleading and now CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting. I have a bachelors degree in Kinesiology, and since graduating in 2012 I have been working in the health and fitness industry as a personal trainer, coach and contract writer. Sports have played a huge role in my life, and have shaped the person I am today. I hope that through my work as a Personal Trainer/Coach I can have as positive an impact on the lives of others as my coaches have had on me.

More about Taryn

Growing up Taryn spent a lot of time kayaking, hiking and camping with her family but never considered herself to be a ‘natural athlete’. She did a couple of sports for fun, but was never serious enough about any of them to be play competitively.

Over the years however Taryn’s view of sports and herself as an athlete changed and although still doesn’t consider herself a ‘natural athlete’ she firmly believes that when it comes down to it (almost) anything is possible.

“There are no limits other than the ones we impose on ourselves, and what we can achieve depends on how much it means to us and what we’re willing to sacrifice for it. ”

When Taryn was 14 she qualified to compete at the Canadian National Championships for Ultimate Frisbee and since that she can’t remember not having at least one sport she was “mildly” obsessed with.

Taryn has competed at 2 World Championships & 5 National Championships for Ultimate Frisbee, 3 National Level Cheerleading Competitions and is currently competitive CrossFitter and Olympic Weightlifter.

Taryn first started CrossFit in summer of 2011 but it wasn’t until the following year that she really got ‘hooked’ and started training to compete. In the summer of 2012 she also picked up Olympic weightlifting and 6months later was competing at a Provincial level (she is currently ranked 12th in BC).

Taryn is a certified CrossFit Level 1 Coach, CrossFit Powerlifting trainer and NCCP Olympic Weightlifting Club Coach and when she isn’t training or coaching she can usually be found thinking, reading or writing about CrossFit (www.gohardgetstrong.com)

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