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CrossFit Core KTown welcomes newly arrived Syrian family in Canada

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The Almasri family kids settling right in with the CrossFit community in their new home country of Canada. (Kenora Daily)

It doesn’t always have to be about the Workout of the Day (WOD) in CrossFit, the community surrounding CrossFit is always welcoming and friendly, no matter part of the world you come from.

Youssef and the Almasri family, originally from Syria were feeling the warmth from CrossFit Core KTown in Kenora, Ontario in Canada last weekend. Youssef, Doba and children Awad, 6, and Lulu, 16 months, have wasted little time familiarizing themselves with their new surroundings having arrived in the country from a sponsorship program.

CrossFit Core KTown hosted a three-hour fundraising event that included a partner workout, dodgeball and games, and also a family workout.

Dave Emery, head coach at CrossFit welcomed the family with open arms.

“We wanted to do our part to make their transition as easy as possible. Kenora is a very giving community and we have a very happy, strong family here at CrossFit who always rise to the occasion whenever people are in need,” Emery said.


The children, Awad got into the thick of things easily. Physical activity and playing games are a great way to break down any language barriers and allow Awad to start making new friends in town.

“Considering Awad didn’t know anyone he jumped right in and just learned on the fly. You can’t go wrong with dodgeball, CrossFit and some other games. It’s a great way to get him to meet some kids and have some fun,” said Emery.

“It’s been a nice week, really. The people are really kind. It’s a beautiful country and a beautiful town. It’s cold, but it’s warm from the people,” Youssef said, still working on his English.

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