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Christina Caffrey

I AM ALFA Because I am independent, strong-willed, and passionate. Others have helped me get to where I am today, and empowered people empower others.

Photography by: ALI SOHRAB

Hair and Make up By: SHANNON PAYNE

Venue: GYMBOX

I grew up in Calgary, Alberta and moved out at the age of 17 to start university. To do what I wanted to do for a career I would have had to be in university for about 10 years, which I was not ready for. Instead, I took a teaching job in Thailand. I was there for a total of 14 months. Within three months of being in the country the 2004 tsunami occurred and I participated in recovery efforts. When I returned to Canada, I sought a program that would help perpetuate me into a career of emergency management. The closest I could find at the time was a degree in International Development based at a university in southern Ontario. I moved out east and completed my undergrad, with a year living abroad in Ghana, West Africa as part of the program. I then completed my Master of Arts degree in Disaster and Emergency Management, and shortly thereafter moved back to Calgary.

I have always found activities that help me maintain a healthy lifestyle. When I was young, it was dancing and skiing. As I got older, I continued to dance and then I got into running and yoga. It was not until I met my husband that I became a gym shark and it became like a second home as I began training for competitions and found other like-minded friends. I have a fulfilling career, the best husband in the world, and my dog is the perfect running buddy.

I AM ALFA Because I am independent, strong-willed, and passionate. Others have helped me get to where I am today, and empowered people empower others.

What are the most rewarding things that Fitness has brought you?

First, I must acknowledge my husband, as he is my biggest cheerleader and always the one to motivate and evolve us on our journey to become healthier people so we can live longer to love each other and experience life’s adventures. He is the one that transitioned us to a vegetarian diet and found my coach Paul Anthony, with whom I have had the privilege to work with for years. When I started working with Paul I wanted to get in the best shape of my life for my wedding. I showed him pictures of other women whose bodies I envied. I never thought in a million years I could get my body to that state, but within a few short months I saw changes that would put me on a path to a place where I never thought I could be. I took part in some fitness competitions, and the most proud and emotional moment for me was placing 1st and 2nd in two different categories with the WBFF. I was so proud of all the months of hard work and diligence I put into that moment; it was an incredible feeling. I would love to continue expanding into the fitness world, personally and professionally, in the future. I want to inspire others as I have been inspired.