Leo Grypma wins at Throwdown competition

The Nelson firefighter competed at a two-day event in Penticton.

Nelson's Leo Grypma finished first in the men's division at the Okanagan Valley Throwdown.

Nelson’s Leo Grypma put on a show at the Okanagan Valley Throwdown.

Grypma finished first in the men’s competitive division at the two-day event in Penticton.

Grypma, a local firefighter who trains and instructs at Power By You, advanced to the finals before beating 13 other participants for the top of the podium.

The competition involved four judged workouts made of various exercises on Saturday, during which Grypma placed third, third, second and third, respectively, before moving onto the final workout Sunday.

Grypma has competed in all three Throwdowns and said he is always excited to come because organizers put on a great show and the competition is good.

“It’s a fun weekend,” said Grypma. “I just love competing. I love CrossFit. I always want to get better.”

He loves the rush and atmosphere, saying there is nothing like it. He also admits the workouts are hard, but said it is as tough as athletes want it.

“Push yourself hard, you will get rewarded,” said Grypma.

— With files from Emanuel Sequeira, Penticton Western News

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