member spotlight

Member Spotlight: Danika Lawson

Name: Danika Lawson

Nickname: Flawson, DLaw

Where Are you From? : Edgewood, WA

When Did you Start Crossfit?: April 2013

Most frequented class time: 9AM & 4PM

Occupation and/or Hobbies : Occupation: Firefighter
Hobbies: Eating, drinking coffee, hanging with my cats, trap shooting, playing basketball, water skiing & anything that involves warm weather & the lake!

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If you had to write an "About Me" what would it say?: I grew up playing every sport imaginable (including dance) but my favorite was always basketball. During my undergrad I played basketball for Saint Martin's University. While I was working on my Master's in Business I ran Cross Country & Steeplechase for the Saints as well. Before becoming a firefighter I worked at Nordstrom & in Dialysis. I'm engaged to this guy named Tyson Rickerson - you guys might know him :) We are getting married on 8.18.18!

Do you have any pets? : Oh we've got some fluffballs fur sure & they all have Instagrams! 
Oatmeal & Mush the Ragdoll kitties & Macaroni the Bulldog!

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Favorite Movements or Workouts: Box Jumps, Wallballs, Running & Chest to Bar!

Least Favorite Movements or Workouts : Handstand Push-ups, anything strict, L-Sits & Frantasy Land.

2 Goals you're working on: Qualifying for Regionals 2018
Improving my Strict HSPU & MU

Favorite Cheat Meal: Pizza & Redvines! I also love baked goods - muffins, bagels, a loaf of bread :)

Biggest Crossfit / Fitness Achievement so far : Qualifying for Regionals in 2016 (& then disqualifying myself - haha oops)!

Something people at the gym probably don't know about you: I took up Muay Thai in 2012 & if this kid named Tyson wouldn't have tricked me into trying this thing called "CrossFit" I would probably be somewhere fighting instead of hanging out at Sumner CrossFit all the time! :) I also love shooting. My favorite is trap shooting with my 12 gauge shotgun but I also have a Springfield XDM 9mm.

What’s the strangest talent you have?: I can fold my ears in! :)

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?: I would want to be the female version of Thor!

Favorite Color: Lime Green

Favorite Emoji: Laughing Cat

Anything else !?: Thank you so much for the nomination! Everyone at Sumner CrossFit motivates me daily to be better. I love our community. Coming in & working out with you all is always one of the highlights of my day!

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Member Spotlight: Dustin Stoker

Name: Dustin Stoker

Nickname: Big D

Where Are you From? : Auburn but I live in Sumner

When Did you Start Crossfit?: 2013

Most frequented class time: 5 pm

Occupation and/or Hobbies : I work for the Northwest Seaport Alliance as COO. I have worked in the shipping industry for almost 19 years. Working in the shipping industry has been great. It has allowed Callie (my wife) and I to live in 5 different countries and visit over 25.

If you had to write an "About Me" what would it say?: I was born in Oklahoma. In fact, most of my family is from Oklahoma and Texas. My parents moved here with my Grandparents when I was 6 months old and settled in Auburn. Callie and I went to High School together but didn't meet until my Freshmen year in college. Both of us graduated from the University of Washington. 

In 2005 we moved to Huntington Beach where we lived for almost 4 years. We then had the opportunity to move overseas. We have lived in Holland, Oman, United Arab Emirates, and Canada. We then moved back home to Sumner in 2013. Our three boys, ages 9, 6 and 5 were all born in foreign countries (Holland, UAE and Canada). 

We plan on staying in Sumner and raising our children. We moved into a house and are starting a little hobby farm. Our three boys love living a rural lifestyle!

Do you have any pets? : We have a 7 month old Cane Corso named Bella. We also have 17 chickens. We plan on adding some goats, cows, and maybe some pigs...and who knows after that!

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Favorite Movements or Workouts: My two favorite moves are deadlifts and rowing. Mainly because I am pretty good at them.

Least Favorite Movements or Workouts : Thrusters, thrusters and thrusters. Mainly because I suck at them.

2 Goals you're working on: I love working on weaknesses in the gym. I have been trying to improve my HSPUs and MUs. I worked on double unders for well over a year and have finally turned a corner in the last 6 months. I am also working on my mobility. 

On a personal note I try to work on life balance. I focus on priorities of faith, family, health and career.

Favorite Cheat Meal: Pizza or a burger and beer

Biggest Crossfit / Fitness Achievement so far : Everyday is an achievement in CF.

Something people at the gym probably don't know about you: I weighed 285 lbs when I was about 25. Weight issues run in my family. I lost 85 lbs over 7 months (basically not eating). I have worked for the past decade to build back strength and fitness after my weight loss. It has been a cool journey and one in which I am always trying to learn new things about fitness and nutrition. CrossFit has helped me get in the best shape I have been in since High School.

When not working or at the gym, you can be found doing...: Hanging with my family...maybe doing work on my tractor around Stoker Ranch.

What is one thing still left on your bucket list?: I don't have a bucket list per se. Callie and I want to raise our boys into good God fearing young men and continue to say yes to adventures. Adventures can be a small as going camping to jumping on a plane and visiting a new country.

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?: Eat anything I want and have a six pack.

Dustin is an amazing father and husband. He is passionate about Crossfit and is always in a better mood after a good workout (thanks Barry!)
— Callie Stoker
Dustin has a great attitude, especially when it comes to doing the things he isn’t great at. Always gives a full effort every time he is at the gym.
— Coach Barry

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Member Spotlight: Brittany O'Malley

Name: Brittany O'Malley

Nickname: Britt

Where Are you From? : Lake Tapps/Sumner

When Did you Start Crossfit?: July '16

Most frequented class time: 5AM yayy early morning crew! 😴

Occupation and/or Hobbies : Occupation: Certified Athletic Trainer at Sumner High School
Hobbies: of course crossfit, and watching/working/participating in anything athletic related

If you had to write an "About Me" what would it say?: Undergraduate degree in athletic training at WSU, Go Cougs! Master of Science from Univeristy of Hawai'i, Go Bows! Super close to my family, #1 reason I moved back home from Hawai'i! (Plus I missed fall and winter weather!!) I have to cutest niece ever and love auntie life! I recently put all of my HGTV watching to good use remodeling my house. Still can't cook but working on that skill with the Food Network 😜

Do you have any pets? : Anyone giving away free puppies? 🐶

Favorite Movements or Workouts: Deadlifts and Squats

Least Favorite Movements or Workouts : Thrusters and Double Unders (so many whip marks)

2 Goals you're working on: Going upside down! And a Pull-up

Favorite Cheat Meal: Hershey's Dark Chocolate Chips

Biggest Crossfit / Fitness Achievement so far : becoming consistent in my attendance and getting close to/sometimes (very rarely) being able to do rx weights in wods!

Something people at the gym probably don't know about you: I can tape an ankle in under 1:30

When not working or at the gym, you can be found doing...: Watching sports or hanging out with family

What’s the strangest talent you have?: I don't think I have one

What is one thing still left on your bucket list?: Visit Ireland and New York to see the Rockefeller Christmas Tree 🎄 Also skydiving

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?: X-Ray vision (would be very beneficial in my job and probably get me a pay raise 😂)

Favorite Color: Crimson and Gray (Go Cougs!)

Favorite Emoji: 😂💩

Anything else !?: Thanks for making 5am workouts enjoyable coaches and athletes! Love the sumner crossfit community! 😍❤️😊

I LOVE having Brittany in 5am class! She always shows up, on time, with a good attitude and ready to work hard. It’s not an easy thing to do that early in the morning, and her dedication to getting better is so great. Seeing her get stronger and improve as an athlete so much in less than a year has been really cool and I can’t wait to see her continue to progress in the Crossfit world! (It’s also a huge perk to have a resident athletic trainier in our gym!)
— Coach Gina

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Member Spotlight: Graeme Parnell

Name: Graeme Parnell

Nickname:

Where Are you From? : Originally Woomera, Australia (dad was in the Air Force)

When Did you Start Crossfit?: 2013

Most frequented class time: 6 PM woo hoo!

Occupation and/or Hobbies : Technical program manager (aka IT project manager)
Bagpiping

If you had to write an "About Me" what would it say?: I have a wonderful wife and (almost) 8 year old son.
I only work to support my CrossFit and bagpiping habits. :)

Do you have any pets? : 3 cats, 2 geckos, fish, and a turtle

Favorite Movements or Workouts: Snatch
Wallballs
Box jumps
Squats

Least Favorite Movements or Workouts : Snatch
Wallballs
Box jumps

2 Goals you're working on: 185# snatch
405# deadlift
Sequential bar and ring muscle ups
Top 200 in the next Open :) Team Cerberus!
Qualify for American Ninja Warrior :)

Favorite Cheat Meal: Chocolate!

Biggest Crossfit / Fitness Achievement so far : Muscle ups

When not working or at the gym, you can be found doing...: Sleeping or watching Hulu or Netflix

What’s the strangest talent you have?: Bagpiping or juggling

What is one thing still left on your bucket list?: Visit Hawaii

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?: Flying

Favorite Color: Green

Favorite Emoji: poop!

There’s only positive things to say about Graeme! I appreciate that he is always in a good mood and smiling. Also, his commitment, attention to detail, and competitive drive make him fun to coach and take class with. Plus he plays bagpipes!! How many people do you know do that?!?
— Coach Mel
Graeme always comes to the gym with a great attitude. He is always pushing himself to learn new skills and he plays the bagpipes like a boss. He is an all around great guy.
— Coach David

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Member Spotlight: Merben Mercadal

Name: Merben Mercadal

Nickname: Merb

Where Are you From? : Auburn Washington

When Did you Start Crossfit?: A little over a year sgo.

Most frequented class time: 6 pm (Best class ever!)

Occupation and/or Hobbies : Occupation: facility maintenance technician

Hobbies: Crossfit, muay thai, and anything artsy fartsy.

If you had to write an "About Me" what would it say?: Married to a gorgeous Eva mercadal. I have 2 beautiful daughters Kiana Mercadal 12, and Sophia mercadal 4 yrs. Old. We love to camp when we can, and travel as much as possible.

Do you have any pets? : Just my 2 kids, their potty trained!

Favorite Movements or Workouts: Pistols
Gymnastics
Cleans
Snatches

Least Favorite Movements or Workouts : Running!!! I hate running!!!
Burpees
Wallballs
Kb swings
Sometimes thrusters!

2 Goals you're working on: I want to make it through a warm up without looking like I just ran marathon. 

Ring muscle ups (consistently) 
400 lb Back squat
225 lb snatch
Handstand walks

Favorite Cheat Meal: Hop jacks menu!

Biggest Crossfit / Fitness Achievement so far : Bar and ring muscle ups
Handstand push ups

Something people at the gym probably don't know about you: I hate spiders with a passion! 
Terrified of heights.

When not working or at the gym, you can be found doing...: Out with the family doing family things, like hitting buckets of golf balls at driving range and other athletic activities.

What’s the strangest talent you have?: I can walk and talk without falling.

What is one thing still left on your bucket list?: Learn to ride a motorcycle.
Sky dive

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?: Time travel

Favorite Color: Orange

Favorite Emoji: THE FINGER

Merben is a hard working member who is always showing up early or staying late after class to improve his abilities.
— Tyson Rickerson
He’s definitely some one who works really hard to get better AND likes to have fun while he does it. He’s constantly pushing himself to get better, not afraid to try new things, and always cracking jokes. (go team alicorn!)
— Gina Paulson

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Member Spotlight: Jess Johnston

Name: Jesslyn Johnston

Nickname: Jess

Where Are you From? : Granite Falls, WA.

When Did you Start Crossfit?: 5 year ago but only the last 2 years have been consistent

Most frequented class time: 5pm

Occupation and/or Hobbies : Occupation: Inside Sales for a backhoe brokerage company based in California
Hobbies: Crossfit (obviously!), spending time with my family, eating, reading, and sewing

If you had to write an "About Me" what would it say?: Dan and I have been together 7 years, married 3 and we have Easton (2) with another little boy on the way, hopefully soon! I work from home and get to spend my days with Easton and our dog Harley. I love BBQing with friends/family, lake days, and wine....lots of wine!!

Do you have any pets? : 1 Dog - Harley, who has yet to realize that he's adopted....and a dog:)

Favorite Movements or Workouts: Handstand push-ups, wall balls, and snatches

Least Favorite Movements or Workouts : Deadlifts

2 Goals you're working on: I WILL have muscle ups by this time next year!

Favorite Cheat Meal: Mexican food, pizza, and anything with sugar:)

Biggest Crossfit / Fitness Achievement so far : Returning to Crossfit after Easton was born (starting from scratch) and continuing to workout throughout this pregnancy. Thanks Coaches!

Something people at the gym probably don't know about you: I was a volunteer/resident firefighter in Spokane before I met Dan.

I absolutely HATED anything to do with working out before I started at Sumner Crossfit. Dan would have to drag me to the gym with him to get me to go and I never went by myself. Now, I love it and look forward to working out with everyone.

When not working or at the gym, you can be found doing...: Spending time with family and friends or outside with Easton.

What’s the strangest talent you have?: Not really a talent but I can sing along to any song on the radio in any genre.

What is one thing still left on your bucket list?: I would love to travel to Italy and Greece.

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?: Teleportation

Favorite Color: Purple

Favorite Emoji: Crying-Laughing face

She is an amazing wife, mother, friend, and one hell of a hard worker. I don’t know what I would do without her.
— Dan Johnston
Jess is a wonderful wife and mother and an amazing athlete. She’s an inspiration working out her entire pregnancy. Always has a smile for everyone and is joy to have at the gym.
— Carrie Rapp

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Member Spotlight: Carrie Rapp

Nickname: CareBear

Where Are you From? : Springfield, OR

When Did you Start Crossfit?: Just over 4yrs ago

Most Frequented Class Time: 9am

Occupation and/or Hobbies : CrossFit gym owner/coach, Fitness, reading/watching movies, hanging out with friends and family. Drinking coffee

If you had to write an "About Me" what would it say?: I'm married for the last 18years to my best friend David and we have 5 wonderful very different kids. I was an ACE personal trainer for over 3 years before CrossFit. I love coffee and cats. My favorite thing to do is going on drives with David and having lunch with friends after the gym. I love being a mom even when my kids drive me crazy. I love being home and lazy days on the couch.

 

Do you have any pets? : 3 cats, Neo, Trinity and Nahla
3 chihuahuas, Pixie, Godzilla, Rosie

Favorite Movements or Workouts: Squats, Pull-ups, Burpee Box Jumps

Least Favorite Movements or Workouts : Wall Balls, Karen

2 Goals you're working on: 

1. Outside gym: making more time for my husband and kids. Trying to find balance between work and home.

2. In the Gym: Progress with pushing my limits a little more slowly. Having goals but being safe and patient. And keep striving to make changes, learn from mistakes and make our SCF reach its full potential!

Favorite Cheat Meal: Ice cream

Biggest Crossfit / Fitness Achievement so far : Professionally: owning and successfully operating a CrossFit. 

Personally: that it's ok if my fitness goals are not the same as others, I have goals and I need to focus on achieving them.

Something people at the gym probably don't know about you: Maybe that I didn't play sports growing up, and I never really ever watch sports. And that I was heavy into running before CrossFit, and I only starting lifting regularly after I received my ACE personal training certification at a Globo gym 4.5 years before starting CrossFit.

When not working or at the gym, you can be found doing...: Hanging with my family. On the coach with a blanket, cup of coffee and a cat on my lap

What’s the strangest talent you have?: I don't know if it's strange, but I can remember lots of probably useless information.

What is one thing still left on your bucket list?: Travel somewhere outside of the US, like Italy, or Hawaii.

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?: Telepathy

Favorite Color: Red

Favorite Emoji: Smiley face 😂

“Carrie is as nice a person as you could ever meet, always greets you with a smile and is constantly working to improve the gym for our members and coaches.”
— Barry Carel
The thing I admire most about my mom is her patience to deal with people who sometimes don’t deserve it. Patience is something I’m still trying to perfect in my life and it helps that I have an extremely patient mom.
— Alyssa Rapp