Eight Humboldt and area women made a strong showing at the Femsport provincial championship Aug. 18 in Moose Jaw.
Coach Christine Cardenas says the Humboldt based teams had been training for 10 weeks before competing in the 82 women competition. Everyone came home with something, says Cardenas with everyone hitting the podium with first, second, or third place showings in six events.
One team even won for best name; Sweet Potato Thighs.
Cardenas and her team competed in last year’s event and she says she fell in love with the competition. This year, she wanted to make sure more ladies got to enjoy the experience by getting certified as a Fem Sport trainer.
Cardenas then sent out the word through Anytime Fitness, which is an official Fem Sport training facility, with 30 ladies interested in starting to train, says Cardenas; some just for their own health and enjoyment while others started training in order to take part in the competition.
Cardenas was very proud of the women who competed.
She sees the challenges that some women have of getting started with their training.
“A lot of women are scared that they can’t do or will be looked at as being manly or too muscular if they strength train. Once they started though and started enjoying it, it was amazing to see them progress.”
Getting women with children out to train can also be a challenge since they are not used to putting themselves first before their kids, says Cardenas.
Fem Sport gives them a chance to make their health and their fitness a priority.
Cardenas hopes that more women start to make that a priority while also hoping that Humboldt gets the opportunity to one day host the competition.
Jennifer Michel: 2nd novice overall
Amber Amendt: 1st novice overall
Brandi Flottenmesch: team 1st in masters
Renee Michel, Amber Amendt, and Jennifer Michel: team 1st
Christine Cardenas: 1st overall open division and 1st team in open
Sylvie Kellington, Monique Strueby, and Jenna Hagen: best team name; Sweet Potato Thighs.