Chris “Stouty” Stoutenburg
“I don’t provide excuses nor will I use any.”
I was Born in 1977 and have been an athlete all my life, played any and every sport I could get involved with. Water, snow, mud, sand, indoor/outdoor anywhere… if there was a competitive nature I wanted in.
In 1997 June 18th…
I fell from a balcony that the railing I was leaning on gave way. I landed between a cement staircase and metal bike rack on a strip of grass approximately the same size as my body (Lucky) and broke my back at the T-6 level crushing 3 vertebrae in my spine…
But what happens next is why I am here.. its what I want to share with you..
My physical appearance never changed.. My drive never changed.. My love of sport never changed…
The only thing that changed was my mode of transportation..
A wheelchair became my chariot of choice and I push that chair to its limits and when it gets in my way I exit that sucker and continue to move by any mode possible.Basketball became my outlet for showing people what I was capable of.. and the National Stage was where I got to share.
He has since become known for his vocal leadership on the court. His coaches rely on him to play an important role as an extension of themselves. He is key to organizing his teammates by helping to run things from the floor.
Where a lot of other teams don’t typically give the ball to their class 1.0 guys, Stoutenburg is an outstanding outside shooter and ball handler who can make things happen offensively.
In addition to several International Gold Medals including consecutive Paralympic Gold Medals in Athens in 2004 and Sydney in 2000, Silver in 2008 Bejing. Stoutenburg has reached the podium in 10 consecutive National Tournaments with Team Ontario. Notably, he helped Ontario claim five consecutive Titles from 2002-2006.
In 2006, he won a Gold medal at the Gold Cup World Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands and he was awarded the City of Amsterdam Sport Award.
Notable Awards & Achievements
2008 Silver Medallist at the Beijing Paralympic Games in China
2008 Silver Medallist at the North American Cup, Birmingham, Alabama
2008 Gold Medallist at the Pre-Paralympic Test Series, Onabruck, Germany
2008 Gold Medallist at the Good Luck Beijing International Invitational, Beijing, China
2007 Silver Medallist at the Parapanamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2007 Gold Medallist Visa Paralympic Cup Manchester, England
2006 Gold Medallist at the Gold Cup World Championships in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and selected recipient of the City of Amsterdam Sport Award
2006 Gold Medallist at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, England
2006 Gold Medallist Osaka Cup held in Osaka, Japan
2006 Medallist at the America’s Qualification Tournament in Colorado, USA
2004 Gold Medallist at the Athens Paralympic Games in Greece
2003 Gold Medallist at the Qualification Tournament in Argentina
2002 Gold Medallist at the Qualification Tournament in Brazil
2002 Bronze Medallist at Gold Cup World Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan
2000 Gold Medallist at the Sydney Paralympic Games in Australia
2008 Bronze Medallist at National Championships with Team Ontario
2007 Bronze Medallist at National Championships with Team Ontario
2006 Gold Medallist at National Championships with Team Ontario and selected to All-Star
2005 Gold Medallist at National Championships with Team Ontario and selected to All-Star
2004 Gold Medallist at National Championships with Team Ontario and selected to All-Star
2003 Gold Medallist at National Championships with Team Ontario and selected to All-Star
2002 Gold Medallist at National Championships with Team Ontario and selected to All-Star
2001 Silver Medallist at National Championship with Ontario Team and selected to All-Star
2000 Silver Medallist at National Championship with Ontario Team and selected to All-Star
1999 Gold Medalist at Canada Games with Team Ontario
1999 Gold Medalist at National Championship with Team Ontario
1999 Bronze Medallist at Junior CWBL with Burlington Vipers and selected to All-Star Team
1998/99 Burlington Vipers Rookie of the year
1998/99 Burlington Vipers most improved Player
Finished: Milk- Du-Athlon Wasaga Beach
Finished: 5 km Mountain Race Met Con Blue
Finished: Blue Mountain Half Marathon
2013 CF OPEN Competitor
2014 CF OPEN Competitor
2015 CF OPEN Competitor
CF L1 CERT
FREESTYLE MOVEMENT CERT
OLY LIFTING CERT.
Coach Steph Hammerman is 26, lives with Cerebral Palsy and found her passion for CrossFit in 2012. When Steph began her fitness journey she had been a competitive hand cyclist for a year and a half, her goals were simple; use CrossFit to become a stronger cyclist. Little did she know, her goals would soon become much bigger and her purpose much greater.
In 2013, Steph became the world’s first female CrossFit trainer with Cerebral Palsy, and now holds a Level 2 certification. As a trailblazer for the adaptive community Steph believes anything can be accomplished through hard work and dedication. She has had the opportunity to help establish large community events such as the Adaptive Division for The WODAPALOOZA Fitness Festival and the WheelWOD Adaptive Open.
As of May 2016 Steph has added a new aspect to her life’s perspective; a Cancer Fighter/ Survivor of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. As a WheelWOD coach she looks forward to helping athletes achieve goals they never once thought possible. She will use the knowledge she has gained throughout her journey to motivate new athletes to dream bigger and live with sincere purpose.