20 Questions w/ Billy Baker

by Yard Athletics – Nov 22nd, 2019

If you’ve been to Yard Athletics (especially on a Friday morning around 7:59am) you probably know Billy. He’s hard to miss! Tall, handsome, flexible, and most importantly, can dish out chirps out like a chickadee during mating season.

Bill has been a mainstay at the Yard since before the Yard was the Yard, thanks in part to being a very close friend of Ilan Cumberbirch. The lads first met on the Prince of Wales hockey team, which led to a friendship tighter than two coats of paint, bonded ever further with summers spent training at Groundwork Athletics and beyond.

But now it’s time to go deeper, as we always do, to peel back the layers and find out what makes Bill tick. Is it deep squats? Perhaps it’s a recent book on the nightstand that’s got him hot a bothered?


1. Hometown?
Vancouver BC. You?
2. How did you first get involved with Yard Athletics?
Started training with Cumby when we were 13 and 14 years old at Connaught Park. Guilty by association I guess.
3. Best burger in Vancouver?
Insert googled answer here.
4. Whistler or Blackcomb?
Whistler for skiing. Blackcomb when I pretended I knew how to snowboard.
5. Favorite dive bar?
Any bar with carpet…. sooo the roller?
6. Least favorite exercise at the Yard?
Any exercise that’s is single leg or takes a really long time.
7. Tell us something we don’t know about you.
My middle name is Hawaiian. My mom was born and raised there.
8. Last book you read?
Collapse by Jared Diamond. Currently reading Dopesick by Beth Macy… real but heavy…
9. If you weren’t working your current job, what would you be doing?
Working in the environmental consulting field.
10. It’s a first date; what are you cooking to impress?
Something I can make a lot of witty cracks about… so eggs.
11. Best / worst thing about Vancouver?

Best: The water, the mountains and the people.

Worst: People who complain about Vancouver.
12. Proudest achievement?
Looking forward to it.
13. When are the Canucks going to win the Stanley Cup?
No clue but I’m done with these riots!
14. IPA’s: Love em, hate em?
International Patent Applications?
15. Stranded on a desert island, what 3 movies do you bring?
GATTACA on VHS, DVD and Blueray.
16. Fastest time up Grouse Grind?
38:23 back when I didn’t like IPAs.
17. Secret to happiness?
Enjoy the moment.
18. Best thing about Yard Athletics?
The community. Top to bottom.
19. Regrettable purchase of 2019?
2020 no regrats.
20. If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be _____________ ?
Friends and fam… Make time for the people you care about.

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