By: Aly Willier

The face of a Warrior can take on many different looks.

No matter how it appears, whether as a soldier, an athlete, or anything else,  it depicts an individual that prepares themselves to fight against all odds and pulls from deep within to bring out their best capabilities.

Being a warrior goes beyond just fighting to win.  A warrior maintains a disciplined mindset to fight for their best capabilities and strive to achieve their goals despite any setbacks that may come in their way.  When defeat is present, a Warrior will see an opportunity, and against the odds, fight with every fiber of their being.

The Warrior Athlete is the individual that others emulate due to their tenacity and drive and ability focus their mind to accomplish the goals that they have set out in front of them.

This past weekend at the SoCal Regional Crossfit Qualifiers, Rory McKernan encompassed the warrior spirit and delivered an outstanding performance, defining true Warrior Athleticism.

Southern California Crossfit Qualifiers definitely had it share of top athletes; however, when it came to demonstrating the power of drive and tenacity, Rory Mckernan, head trainer of US CrossFit in Encinitas, Ca emulated this to the highest degree.  Rory not only has a heart of a lion, but also a soul of a fighter.  He is one of the most humble trainers you will ever meet, and lights up any room with his positive attitude and passion for training.

Rory demonstrated the Warrior Athlete and truly defined beating the odds after suffering heat stroke in his first competition of the day.     A warrior inside, he knew what he could accomplish at the competition, and by sheer force of will did what he needed to do to recover.  Rory came to the Qualifiers to give his best effort, and that is just what he did.  An Amazing recovery, he finished his 2nd event in 5th place, and the final event he finished with the 2nd best time out of all the athletes.

Rory encompasses a mindset of the Warrior Athlete by always giving the best of himself, and never leaving anything on the field.  A unique quality that people often miss in life, is one that Rory demonstrates on a daily bases, and that quality is inner drive with outward humility.  The heart of the Warrior is something that comes naturally to Rory because he truly believes in doing what is best for not only himself but for others.

The Warrior Athlete is just a phrase; however, each individual has the ability to bring the qualities of the Warrior to life.  Goals are only met when individuals clearly define them and then drive to reach and attain them.  Fighting with everything you have, to know that you can achieve anything that you put your mind to.

Congratulation to Rory McKernan on an amazing accomplishment at the SoCal Regional Qualifiers.  Your Warrior Spirit is inspiring and rewarding to all who are fighting to accomplish their goals in life.

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