CanWest Games Qualifier Starts this Week: With SweatWorks and OPEX on board this year, it's an event you don't want to miss!

Last year’s CanWest Games in Coquitlam, British Columbia made a huge name for itself in the Canada West region for being an incredibly well-run event that featured big names like CrossFit Games athlete Tyson Takasaki and perennial regional superstar Brittany Brown.

The rare outdoor competition in this part of the world is back again this summer—this time backed by SweatWorks—and is going to be twice the size, said Errol Clark, one of the organizers.

1,300 athletes have already registered—compared to the 800 that competed last year—for the event that will run from July 28th to 30th at Percy Perry stadium.

Emily Abbott will undoubtedly be thinking about the CrossFit Games while the CanWest Games are in full force, but she is offering her full support!

The online qualifier begins this Thursday, May 4th and runs until June 5th. Like the CrossFit Open, it will involve one workout each week for five weeks. The deadline to register is May 8th. To find out more details about the qualifier, and to register, check out their website here.

The cash prize pot for the Rx division this year is more than $18,000, Clark added.

“And we’re bringing in even more equipment from Gorila, with twice as many competition barbells and competition plates, as well as a full staged athlete warm-up area,” he said.

Another exciting addition this year is their partnership with OPEX—the world-renowned coaching and programming company headed by the first CrossFit Games champion James FitzGerald.

“OPEX ensure's the best programming, both safe, challenging and fun,” Clark said.

Further, this year will include masters and teen divisions.

“OPEX has ensured that ‘scaled’ isn’t just an afterthought of the Rx competition. They will have their own variations of the WODs, and often a completely different WOD all together,” Clark explained.

More athletes, more prizes, more prestige aside, Clark said the number one reason to compete is to get your chance to make your “Game Day statement.”

“All athletes in the North West (region) deserve to have their moment—their attainable Game Day experience,” he said.

Register for the quaifier HERE.