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Vernon CrossFit rallies around Kelowna athlete injured in accident

Cole Bernier, left, is pictured with his family in this contributed photo. Bernier was severely injured during a workplace accident.
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October 02, 2015 - 2:30 PM

VERNON - Those who CrossFit together, stick together — that much is clear from the heartfelt efforts of a Vernon gym to support one of their own who was seriously injured in a recent workplace accident.

Cole Bernier, 23, was crushed under some roof trusses while working at a construction site in West Kelowna on Sept. 23. The professional CrossFit athlete suffered two crushed vertebrae and trauma to his spinal cord.

Bernier has strong ties to CrossFit Vernon, owned by Jeremy Meredith, and the gym is rallying to do what it can to make his long road to recovery a little bit easier.

This Saturday, Oct. 3, CrossFit Vernon is holding a special fundraiser in conjunction with the grand opening of its new space at 1935-11 Avenue. The fundraiser is a partner workout, and costs $30 a pair.

“If you don’t know Cole, imagine a friend who you love dearly in a position of need, and come do a workout on behalf of friendship and community,” CrossFit Vernon wrote online.

Money raised will go towards Bernier’s recovery and his family’s expenses while they support him in Vancouver hospital.

The fundraiser is from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The grand opening celebration runs from noon to 5 p.m. and includes food vendors, partner workouts, and more.

Additional information can be found on CrossFit Vernon’s website.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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