By Wendy Morley
Like the woman who is “always a bridesmaid,” Canadians used to poke fun at themselves for always coming fourth in world championships. While there is no shame in fourth place, and Canadians have dominated the podium in the past, in more recent years, larger numbers of world champions seem to be coming from the north, in a large variety of traditional and nontraditional sports. The four women you’re about to meet have all reached the top position in their respective sports, and they all hail from the Great White North.
Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, South Shore, Montreal, QC
“Fittest Woman On Earth”
Camille had always been active. She was a gymnast from a very young age, but after suffering an injury and finding herself unable to continue with acrobatics, she spent years looking for something she could be as passionate about. She played soccer, rugby, and ran — and then she discovered CrossFit. “The more you do it, the more you evolve,” she explains. “The more you know it and evolve, the more you love it.”
Just two months after she began training in CrossFit, she watched a recording of the 2009 CrossFit Games and said to herself, “One day I’ll be there.” Self-described as both “super stubborn” and “relentless,” she won’t take “no” for an answer. A mere 10 months after she began her training, she found herself competing at the CrossFit Games.
As she developed in the sport, her placements varied considerably, but her focus was always on improvement. In July 2014, that focus and hard work paid off when she won the Reebok CrossFit Games in the women’s individual competition, earning the title of “Fittest Woman on Earth.”
Camille’s motivation has always been on improving as opposed to winning. She still works at what she perceives to be her weaknesses, but from a slightly different perspective, asking herself, “How does a champ train?” She knows she is the person others look up to, and that makes her feel more accountable; she wants to be a good role model.