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Athletic Development for Teens/Pre-Teens

We offer sport specific training to help young teens develop their potential as athletes. More individualized programming, including sport specific training, helps take these athletes to the next level, giving them the edge they need to perform. Meet some of our young athletes working with the CrossFit de l’ouest coaching staff and what they have to say about our program!

Kylie Davis – Age 19 – University of Memphis

My name is Kylie and I began my soccer career when I was 4 years old in the Bout-de-Chou level in Ile-Bizard. I have developed into a college level player, earning a scholarship to the University of Memphis. Along the way, I played for the Quebec Provincial Teams from U14-U16 and was named the Quebec Junior Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011. I have played for Canada in the U17 and U20 World Cups, and will hopefully be on the team again for the 2014 World Cup being held in Canada. I am currently playing for the Comètes de Laval in the W-League. I’m entering my junior year at Memphis and was named Captain in my sophomore year. I have had a very successful college career so far, being named to the AllFreshman Team and the Conference 2nd Team in my freshman year, and Conference 1st Team in my sophomore year. All this would not have been accomplished without Julie’s intense training. I started working with Julie in the summer of 2011 leading up to my freshman year, which enabled me to pass the team’s vigorous fitness tests and take my game to the next level.

-Kylie

McKenzie Bricker – Age 18 – University of Memphis

My name is McKenzie Bricker. I’ve been playing soccer since I was 8 years old. I started with recreational, and then began playing for the Lobos, a local club team in Collierville, TN. We were 3 time state champions over the last 4 years. I played high school soccer for 3 years, and I was nominated for Commercial Appeal’s “Best of Preps” for 2 of those years. My final year of high school I decided to play for an ECNL team out of Georgia to better prepare me for college. I committed to the University of Memphis in 2011, and will be a freshman there in the fall of 2013. Over the summer of 2013, I came to Montreal to play with the Laval Comets, which some of my Memphis teammates play for. It was at this time that I began training with Julie at CrossFit de l’ouest, and after only one month I have made significant gains. I can see how the training is impacting my performance in a positive way and feel I will be better prepared for Division 1 competition after working with her.

-McKenzie

Adelaide Jensen – Age 16 – National Ski Academy

Skiing is a long and painful process. Every year, the training gets more and more demanding and the field of competitors gets more and more intimidating. I started preparing for last ski season since the one before that ended, and every day was equally as difficult as it was enjoyable. Despite the fact that I was really enjoying training, I was even more anxious to start racing again. Coming into the first series of races in Quebec, I felt ready to finally show them what I’ve been working so hard on doing for the past few months. But on the first run of my first slalom race, I choked: my core wasn’t stable, my line was too direct and my head was in a totally different place. I was disqualified from my first race of the season. Of course it was discouraging, but in order to overcome an obstacle – whatever kind of obstacle – and to prevent it from destroying your mental game, you need to look past it. And if you ever encounter another problem, face it. So that’s exactly what I did. I thought of what I did wrong and why I did it, and tried (harder) again the next day… and I reached my goal. I had several good races and many bad races last season, although every single day I raced, no matter what the results ended up being, I always overcame the obstacles I faced. And I have CrossFit de l’ouest to thank for that. Every day I go to CrossFit, I feel intimidated, whether it be by the heavy weights I am about to lift or the times I think I can’t push any farther. Then I remind myself why I am doing this, and all the pain and hard work is worth it. So no matter what your goals are and whatever path you are taking to reach them, there will always be walls preventing you from getting there. But those walls are just illusions. So go beyond them. That’s what Crossfit de l’ouest taught me.

-Adelaide

Alexandra Nikolidakis – Age 16 – John Rennie – Pro Action Hockey

Alex has been playing hockey since the age of 4. She currently attends John Rennie High School in the Sports Etude “Pro Action Hockey” program. Some of her achievements include:

  • 2013 National Championship – Esso Cup Gold
  • One Gold & 2 Bronze Provincial
  • 5 Time All Star
  • 2012 Team Quebec – U16
  • Invited 3 times to Team Quebec U18

Alex has been training with Alexandra Rupp at CrossFit de l’ouest for the past 2 years. She knew in order to achieve her goals she had to take her training to the next level. Among her aspirations are: Team Quebec, play Cegep level hockey, CIS/NCAA and Team Canada! Go Alex!