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April Athletes of the Month

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April Athletes of the Month

Welcome Spring, and congratulations to our April Athletes of the Month, Pat Staiger and Margaret Perry! "Pat joined us after doing CF at another gym for a while, and once he tested the waters with us, he was hooked" says Coach Hannah. "He is now an integral part of our community and I can't remember what it was like before he was here. Pat is a coach's dream because he is humble, thoughtful and always willing to take a cue. Despite being a highly-skilled bad-ass, Pat has no ego and is always ready to learn and try new things. He is one of the kindest people I have ever met. His language of love must be "words of affirmation" because he goes out of his way to say really nice things. He is always telling me how much he loves the gym, the people here, our programming, and overall he just walks around making people feel good about themselves. What a guy!!!" Coach Garrett adds: "I'm still reeling from watching him do 70 something bodyweight back squats last summer."       "I have just started to get to know Margaret," says Coach Hannah, "but I felt so lucky to work out near her/with her during Friday Night Lights. She has been part of the gym just rocking it out on the powerlifting team for a while now, but I have never gotten to see her ferocious CrossFitter side until The Open. She worked so hard on every workout, was a great support for her team, and all around hilarious all the time. She tried things that were super uncomfortable for her, and always had a smile on her face. I've also had the pleasure of watching her lift and she is a fricking warrior on the barbell. Lately she has also been engaging in activism around trans equity in sport and she is an essential part of Team Solcana on that front. I am so glad Margaret is part of the gym and I can't wait to see what she brings in the future!"

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