Whitney Darchuk has a passion for helping others.
She is an athlete, a leader and a role model for other young women in the Prince Albert community. She is also a trainer and manager at SaskPro CrossFit in Prince Albert.
“I cherish and I have a lot of passion for what I do,” said Darchuk. “I put my heart and soul behind all of it and everything that I do and I do try to build a good relationship and a connection with everyone that I do deal with.”
“I help people get into better shape, but not only that I help people to make lifestyle changes,” she added.
Darchuk who has made headlines for her athletic abilities recently placed sixth overall at the Western Canada Regionals CrossFit Games in May. She had two top performances at the games and broke personal records with a 160-pound hang squat snatch and a handstand walk of 90 feet.
“Last year I finished tenth, so I moved up the leaderboard a fair bit and I am quite happy with that,” she said.
Darchuk, who first became interested in CrossFit in 2009, joined Prince Albert’s SaskPro CrossFit Gym with the original intentions of just becoming a regular member. However, she said her passion for the sport was almost instant.
“It’s always a challenge, I don’t ever get bored of it because every training session is always different and there is such a wide range of skills that you need to work on,” she said. “As you get better at one thing there is always something new to work towards.”
“I enjoy that part of it, the fun of pushing myself every day and every week in training just to see where I can actually push my body,” she added.
Coming up, Darchuk said she is looking forward to competing in a team event and has partnered up with a male athlete from Saskatoon for that.
“I have never done a partner competition like this before and it will be fun and cool for the two of us because we do the same thing individually and we compete at the same level, so it will be cool to see how we work out together working as a team,” she said.
In September Darchuk is also looking forward to competing in Saskatoon’s Bridge City Beat Down.
Darchuk won for Best Athlete and Best Local Girl Made Good in paNOW’s Best of the Best however, it is not the first time she has been recognized by the community for her accomplishments and contributions. In 2012 Darchuk was also the recipient of the YWCA’s Women of Distinction Young Women’s Leadership award.
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