2446 Cawthra Road, Unit 6/7, Mississauga, ON — 905-275-9535 — info [at] crossfitselect [dot] com

Owners of CrossFit Select

The three owners of CrossFit Select are Chris Baillie, Steve Viola and Sebastian Palaszewski.

You’ll see Chris around the gym in the evenings and on the weekends. He is a full-time City of Mississauga employee and is one of the eight original owners of CrossFit Select, which opened back in 2011. Chris is an active CrossFit Competitor, and has competed at the Regionals in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016. In 2013, Chris competed at the Reebok CrossFit Games with Team CrossFit Select, representing Canada East.

Steve is one of the evening trainers at CrossFit Select, and you’ll see him strolling into the gym smelling like freshly baked cookies.Why you ask? He owns La Casa Dolce, the bakery across the street. Steve is a seasoned CrossFit Competitor, and you’ll see him throwing down during the 4:30 class each night.

Sebastian has been with CrossFit Select since 2011. He owns his own shipping container company, FabCon. You’ll see his wrapped pick-up truck sitting outside the gym, and you can catch Seb throwing down weights and WOD-ing with our community during the 4:30 or 5:30 class during the week.

Andrij Kotowych

Andrij has been coaching for the last few years, and is one of CrossFit Select’s part-time trainers. Andrij, who goes by Drij, Andrew, Andy…is also one of the four owners of JAKTRX, a Canadian supplement and protein company, designed for CrossFitters, by CrossFitters. You’ll catch Drij covering a few classes throughout the week, and most likely hitting some heavy lifts, benching and squatting during Open gym.

Thomas Markhauser

Thomas is a level I CrossFit Trainer. He has been with Select since 2015, and is our newest trainer added to our stellar roster. He has a background in competitive paddling, as well as coaching and preparing athletes for competitions. Thomas was ranked 25th in Canada East, last year in the CrossFit Open, and competed with Team CrossFit Select back in 2015 at the Regionals in Albany, NY.

Chris Harrington

Chris has been involved in team and individual sports from childhood. Until his late teens, his winter focus was competitive hockey culminating in an Ontario Championship while summers were spent playing baseball, soccer, lacrosse, skateboarding, golf and a lot of cycling /BMX. The cycling led to more competitive mountain bike racing and a few team endurance races. Later challenges included running a number of half marathons plus one full marathon and taking up snowboarding for winter thrills.
In early 2012 Chris came to Crossfit Select and quickly became hooked. Although living in Toronto with gyms much closer, Select’s strong, supportive and friendly community make the longer drive worthwhile. Now in his early 50’s, Chris is in the best shape of his life, surpassing maximum lifts acheived in his 20’s. Chris was a member of the competitive division winning 2013 Two Bars, One Snatch team from Crossfit Select. He qualified 82nd in the world in the Masters 50-54 division in the 2014 Crossfit Open against 2000+ competitors.
A desire to continuously learn and to help others led to Chris getting his Crossfit Level 1 certification in 2013. Chris enjoys helping our members improve and surpass their goals and takes special pleasure in the smiles of members when they hit a new max lift or master a new skill. Chris would love to see more Masters (40+) adults take up Crossfit and enjoy the health and fitness benefits. Feel free to call or email him to talk about it.

Holly Ada McIlroy

Holly has been coaching at CrossFit Select since 2013 and began CrossFit in October 2009. She is also a Power Yoga instructor. Holly is currently a full-time dental hygiene student, and coaches mainly on weekends.

Holly has competed in many local competitions, regionals: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, and competed alongside Team CrossFit Select at the 2013 CrossFit Games in California.

‘Helping others with their fitness, goals, wellbeing and confidence – nothing else compares.’

Lori Mayer

Competing in sports and being active has always been apart of Lori’s lifestyle since she was 4 (I know…not that long ago). That is why it was easy for her to pick to study kinesiology as it would lead her to obtaining a career in the fitness industry. Lori has worked as a personal trainer for 4 years and CrossFit coach at CFS for almost 2 years. Lori thrives off seeing and helping members and clients progress and achieve their goals.

Jamie Nugent

Jamie has been in the strength and conditioning field for over 15 years. Early in his professional life he found that his passion was helping others achieve their performance goals. Jamie is a certified International Sports Sciences Association Performance Nutrition specialist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach and CrossFit Football Trainer. Over the last 7 years, he has moved into the competitive coaching realm. Jamie brings his passion and enthusiasm to our Regional Prep Training Class on Saturdays and works diligently with the CrossFit Select regionals and games team.