6 Canadian Athletes to Watch at The Regionals

The Great White North brings us great athletes, fair sportsmen and women and funny jesters. Who is your favourite Canadian Athlete?

Patrick Vellner

Two-time CrossFit Games athlete Patrick Vellner is a former junior elite gymnast in Canada. The East Canadian competed through 2016 Regionals with a torn bicep and still managed to reach a second place finish in “Regional Nate“- a workout that destroyed the upper bodies of athletes around the world — and a first place finish in Event 5 — running, GHDs and deadlifts.

Unlike other Games athletes, Vellner’s path to the podium involved training just once a day for a couple hours, mostly joining group classes—and working on some additional strength and accessory work programmed by his coach Simon Belzile at CrossFit Plateau— all the while continuing to pursue full-time education to become a chiropractor.

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