The CFBC Team

Coaches

 

Troy “KT” Straith

Evolution BC opened in 2001, offering Martial Arts, Self Defence and Fitness. In 2006, while training to become Canada’s only Krav Maga Alliance Black Belt, Troy started CrossFit to take his fitness to a higher level. He got hooked on the reality and functionality of the training and soon after opened CrossFit BC at all three of the Evolution locations.

Every day, Troy looks forward to inspiring his athletes to achieve their goals of better health and fitness. He believes in leading by example, and posts his score for the daily Wod by 8am most days. Troy is proud of the community that CrossFit BC has become, where athletes from all over the lower mainland come to train.

Troy has competed in numerous CrossFit competitions including the 2011, 2012 and 2013 CrossFit Games.
Certifications:

  • NCCP Weightlifting Coach
  • Certified Level 1 CrossFit Coach
  • Certified Level 1 CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Coach
  • Certified Krav Maga Instructor
  • CPR St. John Ambulance

Achievements:

  • Placed 16th in the world at the 2013 CrossFit Games Masters (50-54) Men
  • Placed 17th in the world at the 2012 CrossFit Games Masters (50-54) Men
  • Placed 17th in the world at the 2011 CrossFit Games Masters (50-54) Men
  • Placed 1st in his division at the 2011 BC Masters Olympic Weightlifting Competition
  • Krav Maga Black Belt
  • 4th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do
  • Member of the Krav Maga Alliance Training Team

 

Jason “Jayboy” Gach

Jason was an early advocate of Crossfit and started back in late 2004.
Previous to starting Crossfit, Jason played 13 years of competitive hockey growing up along with many other sports.
After university he spent years trying to find a fitness program that he could stick with: running, weightlifting, swimming, triathalons, etc.
Once he found Crossfit there was no going back and 7 ½ years later he’s still going strong having never missed a week since he began.
He is Crossfit Level 1 certified, has participated in numerous Crossfit competitions including the 2010 CFBC Regionals Team, and has been coaching at CFBC for 1 ½ years.
Running a fun class is one of Jason’s top priorities along with providing good, detailed coaching in an inclusive, supportive environment.

 

Dan “JD” Webster

Dan Webster has been a personal trainer for over 12 years. He started crossfit in July of 2009.
His credentials include being a level 1 crossfit coach, BCRPA registered personal trainer and kettlebell coach.
At 40 he is in the best shape of his life. He is a friendly, passionate coach who enjoys taking the extra time and effort to help his clients.
Through constant research, he is always looking for new, cutting edge information and techniques to achieve the best results in the least time.

 

Lance “Specimen” Connelly

Bio coming soon

Danny “Wolverine” Dorosh

Danny Wolverine

Bio coming soon

 

Mike “O’ly” Cartwright


Mike has won over 16 Regional titles in the UK, 17 National titles, World Master titles and set National and World Records.
He is also the current vice chair of the BC Weightlifting Association that helps with the instruction and development of Olympic Weightlifting in BC.

Mike believes in “Lead By Example” as we do.

 

Warren “Lashes” aka “Ralph” Schindler


Ralph comes from a mixed athletic background, competing in Alpine Ski Racing, Basketball, Baseball and Rugby.

After competing at a Varsity level and finishing his studies out east, he felt that he needed to find a competitive outlet, that kept training intense and fun.
Once he was introduced to Crossfit he was hooked!
Amazed by the results Crossfit provided to himself and the elite athletes he works with, he has integrated it into the training routine of numerous competitive athletes.
Warren loves the team atmosphere, fun and intensity that CFBC brings to every day of training!

Certifications

  • Level 3 NCCP – National Coaching Certification Program
  • Level 3 CSCF – Canadian Ski Coaches Federation
  • BCRPA Certified
  • CSCS – In Progress

Achievements

  • Varsity level Baseball & Rugby – Capilano University | Bishops University
  • Coach for Alpine Canada U16 Team – Canada 2011
  • Head Coach Grouse Tyee Ski Team
  • BC Team – Baseball 2000-2002

Sally (SaraSally) Haggerstone

Sally

SaraSally is a Crossfit Level 1 trainer who started Crossfit because her boyfriend forced her to spectate at a Crossfit event, then signed her up for a CF Bootcamp at CrossFit BC. After a month of bootcamp she hemmed and hawed about deciding to stay, given her lack of time as a university student, and decided to join in April, 2011. After a year of training, volunteering at the Crossfit Games Regionals and CrossfitBC Summer Challenge, getting her siblings involved in Crossfit, and seeing huge improvements in strength, stamina, endurance, coordination, accuracy, speed, and power she became a Crossfit Level 1 coach.

SaraSally also trains as an Olympic weightlifter, played Ultimate Frisbee at the Provincial and University levels, and rowed for the Varsity Crew at UVic. She enjoys outdoor activities such as windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, skiing, surfing, and snowboarding, and yoga.

 

Ryan “Mantis” Trinidad

 

Mannie “Sponge Bob” Papoutsakis

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Client Services

Sophie “Doph” Straith

Sophie started her Martial Arts training at Evolution BC when we opened in 2001. After many years of training hard and apprenticing as an instructor she achieved the rank of 3rd Degree Black Belt. When Evolution opened CrossFit BC in 2007, Sophie started her CrossFit training. Seeing PR’s is nothing new to Soph, as she trains most mornings at the 7am class. She has been working with the company since 2004 is the one to talk to on just about anything you need to know about CFBC!

Apprentices

Chris “Rider” Ericksen

Chris "Rider" Ericksen

Chris has been doing CrossFit since 2007. In fact Coach KT and Chris first crossed paths in classes soon after they had both started CrossFit. Prior to CrossFit, Chris enjoyed staying active, but that mostly involved biking and a pile of “gym” training. Sure…most would have considered him to be in pretty darn good shape but it wasn’t until after his first CrossFit fitness assessment that he realized how much further he still needed to go prior to considering himself fit.
Reflecting on his first day of CrossFit….
“After a 1:30 one mile 20lb med ball run I remember the coach speaking to me but I suddenly I couldn’t understand English any longer. Yeah…I did about 20 strict pull-ups as a part of that test but my tabata squat score was ZERO!!! I had to spend about 20 minutes half passed out in my car afterwards before I could safely drive home. My flexibility was garbage, I could barely do an overhead squat with a dowel, and I nearly threw up. I thought to myself…Ericksen…You are pathetic…And at that moment I knew this CrossFit thing was for me.”
 
That was about 6 or 7 years ago so suffice it say there have been some dramatic improvements in Chris’ fitness level but no matter who you are or how long you have been CrossFitt-ing there is always something about “your game” that you can improve upon. Seeing others get better is one of the things about CrossFit that Chris thrives on.
One of the greatest things about CrossFit I think is watching those around me improve their fitness levels and lives. Whether it is that first unassisted pull-up, RX WOD, or a new PR there is no better feeling than seeing someone accomplish something they never thought they could do before.”
 
Camaraderie is a “CrossFit BC Standard” and something that Chris values.
“All of us are a part of one big community that spans boxes, cities, and countries. There is nothing like the friendships we have all developed with those who we WOD with regularly or come across at various competitions. We are all a part of something much bigger than ourselves.”

 

Tim “TKD” Frazer