Nate Beveridge stands out in Canada West.
In late January, Beveridge won the CrossFit North Vancouver Challenge, topping other well-known athletes in the region. In his first attempt at 13.1, he scored 175.
Beveridge has been training for CrossFit since October 2010. He began competing in 2011, and qualified for Regionals in third overall. Despite an injury, Beveridge finished 10th in Canada West in last year’s Open. He competed at Regionals with his Affiliate team, CrossFit Fraser Valley, which is part of Beveridge's Hybrid Athletics gym.
“We have a very strong group of athletes here at Hybrid. All three of the men on our team placed in the top 10 regionally last year, so we get to train together and it pushes us to work harder every day,” he says.
The strong group is pushing Beveridge to be better.
“Training has been going very well lately, and the CFNV event was confirmation that what we are doing is working,” he says.
He is aiming for the Games again this year, but isn’t certain whether he'll compete as an individual or on the team. But it’s a decision he’s going to make alone.
“Our team is very strong and we would like to repeat as the top Canadian affiliate at the Games,” he says. “But we have four to five quality males and females, so if one wanted to represent us individually, and had a chance to make the Games that way, along with the team, we would discuss and make the best decision for everyone involved.”
“Personally, I want to represent my box, my community and my family well. Putting myself out there and giving my best effort in everything I do will hopefully provide an example for our members, and especially my kids when they take on challenges in their own lives. Hopefully the effort and dedication I put forth rubs off on them and helps them to succeed.”
Beveridge balances his responsibilities at the gym with his growing family. He has three kids, ranging in age from 19 months to 8 years old. His wife is also expecting their fourth child early this summer.
The demands of owning a gym, training, managing and coaching can add up. And, at 32, he’s not the youngest competitor.
But it hasn't stopped him yet.