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THE 1827 TEAM

As your coaches, we are here to guide you every step of the way – all while being energetic and thoughtful in our approach. We look to develop your trust through adapting how we teach to meet your needs and ensuring you feel welcomed, safe and motivated throughout a class. We can’t wait to meet you!

Curtis Rattray

Head Coach

[He/Him]

After years of minimal results and growing frustration with traditional training methodologies, I was introduced to CrossFit by my brother who had had almost immediate success with advancing his athletic career by switching to CrossFit. Even after an extremely humbling beginning, I knew I had found something truly transformative and the challenge I had been looking for. After over 10 years of coaching football, CrossFit presented a new avenue to help others and I was immediately motivated to pursue my Level 1. Since then my passion for it has only grown, and has taken me places I never imagined. Having coached internationally, what always impresses me is the tangible sense of community you feel every time you step foot inside a CrossFit gym.

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • Aerobic Capacity Certificate
  • Gymnastics Certificate
  • Judges Course
  • Mobility Certificate
  • Running Certificate
  • Scaling Certificate
  • Weightlifting Certificate
  • Freestyle Movement with Carl Paoli

What Curtis Loves About Coaching:

Being able to be a part of providing a welcoming, safe, and fun environment every day is something I take great pride in.  

Favourite WOD: Hulk Hogan or Horton

Least Favourite WOD: Karen

Favourite Treats:

All of them. Seriously. It’s a problem.

Greg Cox

Coach

[He/Him]

Greg has played all sports, competitive hockey and fell in love with CrossFit from the beginning. He enjoys the mental challenges as much as the physical.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • First Aid/CPR Certified

What Greg loves about coaching:

Seeing people come in to a class stressed from work or life and leaving having accomplished a tough workout, hung out with friends or just enjoyed an hour “offline”.

Favourite WOD/Movement: Squats and cleans.

Least Favourite WOD/Movement: I’m built for rowing but hate it.

Favourite Treats: Fudge.

Carly Burt

Coach / Graphic Designer

[She/Her]

I’ve always been tied up in athletics, from years of competitive soccer to amateur boxing to everything in between; I’ve always needed an outlet. After “retiring” from boxing, I was working with a personal trainer who began introducing me to different CrossFit elements. My friend + coworker then brought me to a “Wine + WOD” event at a CrossFit gym, and that was kind of it. I was hooked. I started transitioning out of working with my personal trainer, and the little bit of boxing I continued to do, and jumped into CrossFit “full time.” It was definitely how humbling CrossFit was that drew me in, and the continuous challenge of the sport/movements since. There’s nothing like it.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • First Aid/CPR Certified

What Carly Loves About Coaching:

I’ve always had aspirations to be a coach, whether that was in Soccer or Boxing. So, when this opportunity presented itself, I jumped at it. I’ll argue that there isn’t a more fulfilling ‘job’ than coaching; developing relationships, having people trust in you, your insight and your abilities, and watching people progress from one day to the next. It’s easy to preach the positive outcomes of CrossFit and its functionality for overall wellbeing and longevity, especially when I’ve witnessed them first hand. Seeing someone achieve something they otherwise thought they couldn’t is pretty incredible.

I also enjoy the challenge and the adaptability that CrossFit coaching demands, knowing that every. single. class. is going to bring something new to the table. And I’m inspired every day by the community at 1827; the energy, the positivity and connecting with people on a meaningful level.

Favourite WOD: I’m a big fan of gymnastics or anything with barbell cycling.

Least Favourite WOD: I will say ‘snatches’, because they are THE most humbling/complex movement to me. But, I’m also not the biggest fan of dumbbell workouts or rowing. There’s not much I don’t “enjoy” though, I like working on weaknesses.

Favourite Treats:

Sign me up for cookies – salted caramel brownie from the Breadbar – or some good ol’ fashion nachooooooos.

Carly Burt

Coach

[She/Her]

I’ve always been tied up in athletics, from years of competitive soccer to amateur boxing to everything in between; I’ve always needed an outlet. After “retiring” from boxing, I was working with a personal trainer who began introducing me to different CrossFit elements. My friend + coworker then brought me to a “Wine + WOD” event at a CrossFit gym, and that was kind of it. I was hooked. I started transitioning out of working with my personal trainer, and the little bit of boxing I continued to do, and jumped into CrossFit “full time.” It was definitely how humbling CrossFit was that drew me in, and the continuous challenge of the sport/movements since. There’s nothing like it.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • First Aid/CPR Certified

What Carly Loves About Coaching:

I’ve always had aspirations to be a coach, whether that was in Soccer or Boxing. So, when this opportunity presented itself, I jumped at it. I’ll argue that there isn’t a more fulfilling ‘job’ than coaching; developing relationships, having people trust in you, your insight and your abilities, and watching people progress from one day to the next. It’s easy to preach the positive outcomes of CrossFit and its functionality for overall wellbeing and longevity, especially when I’ve witnessed them first hand. Seeing someone achieve something they otherwise thought they couldn’t is pretty incredible.

I also enjoy the challenge and the adaptability that CrossFit coaching demands, knowing that every. single. class. is going to bring something new to the table. And I’m inspired every day by the community at 1827; the energy, the positivity and connecting with people on a meaningful level.

Favourite WOD: I’m a big fan of gymnastics or anything with barbell cycling.

Least Favourite WOD: I will say ‘snatches’, because they are THE most humbling/complex movement to me. But, I’m also not the biggest fan of dumbbell workouts or rowing. There’s not much I don’t “enjoy” though, I like working on weaknesses.

Favourite Treats:

Sign me up for cookies – salted caramel brownie from the Breadbar – or some good ol’ fashion nachooooooos.

Stef Atkinson

Olympic Lifting Coach

[She/Her]

I grew up dancing for fifteen years and started competing in dance within a few years, as soon as I was considered old enough. When I came to university, I struggled to find another outlet, another passion, without dance. I found my way in the gym, and a competitive outlet in body building. I competed in the figure division for a couple of years, but for various reasons I decided it was not for me. I bounced around to competing in powerlifting and then shifted gears into the world of weightlifting. Olympic weightlifting was first introduced to me in second year university but it was not until 2017 that I really jumped into it. I loved how much there was to work on, the attention to detail, and the mental capacity required to work on such technical movements. I joined CrossFit 1827 originally just looking for a space to do my training, but I was lucky enough to find much more than that. In 2019, I was asked to participate in the CrossFit Open and when I said yes, I had no idea how much I would love it. CrossFit covered all the elements I had felt passion for, and provided me an enormous platform of things to work on. In my true competitive fashion, I immediately delved into finding ways to be the best I could at CrossFit and I have never looked back. CrossFit 1827 gave me back a passion for sport I had lost since my dance career, it welcomed me into a community that is integral to my life, it gave me some of my closest friends, and it gave me the love of my life. CrossFit 1827 is not just a gym, and it is a privilege to be part of this community. 

  • Precision Nutrition Level 1
  • Precision Nutrition L1, Certificate in Exercise Nutrition 
  • NCCP Weightlifting Competition Coach, Trained 
  • Emergency First Aid/CPR 
  • Klokov Weightlifting Seminar

What Stef Loves About Coaching:

Being part of the process. It is so fulfilling to see an athlete “get it”. I really love coaching athletes who are willing to do the work and who understand that success and progress don’t come easily. I’m also very intrigued by the difference in people’s sports mentality and how they approach work in the gym.

Favourite WOD: I love dballs, hspus, power cleans, pistols, and burpee box jump overs. I like wods that you have to grind, and control your pace so you can win in the back half when others have gone out too hot.

Least Favourite WOD: Pull ups of all varieties… least favourite WOD is probably Cindy.

Favourite Treats:

Cookies or ice cream with chocolate chips, peanut butter, and sprinkles

Alice Kennedy

Coach

[She/Her]

Growing up, I spent most of my days and free time in a dance studio. It was a huge passion of mine; I loved the discipline, the attention to detail and having an artistic outlet to express myself. I stopped dancing in first year university, and felt lost without that outlet. Sometime early in my second year of university after watching a video of Camille Leblanc-Bazinet snatching on Instagram I decided to give CrossFit a try. Even though I spent my first class trying to string together double unders and struggling through thrusters, I was absolutely hooked, and I haven’t looked back since.

  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • First Aid/CPR Certified

What Alice Loves About Coaching:

There are countless things I love about CrossFit; I love our community, I love the endless pursuit of improvement and as a coach, I love the “aha” moments that lead to first toes to bar, double unders and muscle ups.  

Favourite WOD: Glen, although I do Fran on my birthday every year.

Least Favourite WOD: Fran.

Favourite Treats:

Vegan donuts & sweet potato fries. Also chips and hummus!

Ryan Vadori

Coach

[He/Him]

I grew up playing a lot of team sports (baseball, hockey, basketball), but stopped in high school. Several years of low activity left me with mild chronic pain in my low back, neck, and shoulders by my mid-twenties. Around that time, my wife started CrossFit, and suggested that I try. CrossFit helped me find better movement patterns, increase my mobility, get stronger, and resolve the chronic pain. After experiencing those results, I was hooked, and haven’t really looked back.

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • First Aid/CPR Certified

What Ryan Loves About Coaching:

I love helping people achieve their goals, get fit and improve their lives!

Favourite WOD: Anything short, fast and heavy!

Least Favourite WOD: Anything with running.

Favourite Treats:

Mrs. Vickies Sea Salt and Malt Vinegar Chips

Stef Atkinson

Olympic Lifting Coach

[She/Her]

I grew up dancing for fifteen years and started competing in dance within a few years, as soon as I was considered old enough. When I came to university, I struggled to find another outlet, another passion, without dance. I found my way in the gym, and a competitive outlet in body building. I competed in the figure division for a couple of years, but for various reasons I decided it was not for me. I bounced around to competing in powerlifting and then shifted gears into the world of weightlifting. Olympic weightlifting was first introduced to me in second year university but it was not until 2017 that I really jumped into it. I loved how much there was to work on, the attention to detail, and the mental capacity required to work on such technical movements. I joined CrossFit 1827 originally just looking for a space to do my training, but I was lucky enough to find much more than that. In 2019, I was asked to participate in the CrossFit Open and when I said yes, I had no idea how much I would love it. CrossFit covered all the elements I had felt passion for, and provided me an enormous platform of things to work on. In my true competitive fashion, I immediately delved into finding ways to be the best I could at CrossFit and I have never looked back. CrossFit 1827 gave me back a passion for sport I had lost since my dance career, it welcomed me into a community that is integral to my life, it gave me some of my closest friends, and it gave me the love of my life. CrossFit 1827 is not just a gym, and it is a privilege to be part of this community. 

  • Precision Nutrition Level 1
  • Precision Nutrition L1, Certificate in Exercise Nutrition 
  • NCCP Weightlifting Competition Coach, Trained 
  • Emergency First Aid/CPR 
  • Klokov Weightlifting Seminar

What Stef Loves About Coaching:

Being part of the process. It is so fulfilling to see an athlete “get it”. I really love coaching athletes who are willing to do the work and who understand that success and progress don’t come easily. I’m also very intrigued by the difference in people’s sports mentality and how they approach work in the gym.

Favourite WOD: I love dballs, hspus, power cleans, pistols, and burpee box jump overs. I like wods that you have to grind, and control your pace so you can win in the back half when others have gone out too hot.

Least Favourite WOD: Pull ups of all varieties… least favourite WOD is probably Cindy.

Favourite Treats:

Cookies or ice cream with chocolate chips, peanut butter, and sprinkles

Sarah Wallace

Coach

[She/Her]

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Tonya Evans

Coach

[Sh/Her]

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Stephen Borghese

Coach

[He/Him]

Like most of us, I was never an exceptional athlete – painfully average some might say.  Mediocrity in youth sports continued into “remaining active as an adult” through recreational sports, running, lifting weights, and DVD workouts.  I tried Crossfit to ‘shake things up’ and – following a seriously humbling WOD – have experienced continued measurable improvement in my overall fitness ever since.  My enjoyment for Crossfit has grown over the years and has morphed from purely personal improvement to genuine interest and passion in seeing growth in the abilities of all members at the gym.  

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • CPR – lots of practical experience (as well as annual re-certification)

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