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The CrossFit Games – let it begin

By Graeme Beath, CrossFit Maroubra We’ve reached the ultimate stage of the CrossFit competition season. The International CrossFit Games are about to begin on Wednesday 22 July (Australia time). These competitors represent the top 1% of CrossFit athletes and have dedicated countless hours to training to compete in a gruelling combination of unknown workouts. We […]

By Graeme Beath, CrossFit Maroubra

We’ve reached the ultimate stage of the CrossFit competition season. The International CrossFit Games are about to begin on Wednesday 22 July (Australia time).

These competitors represent the top 1% of CrossFit athletes and have dedicated countless hours to training to compete in a gruelling combination of unknown workouts. We who just want to keep fit, cannot hope to match them but we do the same workouts and understand the same sacrifices and suffering for that extra kilogram (pound in America), few reps or seconds.

These athletes have worked through a tough selection process and with both excitement and trepidation have arrived at the summit of the competition.

Earlier in the year the CrossFit Open competition was held worldwide and involved five different workouts over five weeks. In our Region, i.e., the Pacific Region, the top 30 athletes from the Open competition qualified for the CrossFit Regional Qualifiers in Wollongong in May. From the Regional competition, five men, five women and five teams qualified to represent our region at the CrossFit Games in Carson, California.

In addition, there is a Masters competition for athletes ranging from 40 to 60 years plus and Teens aged 14 to 17 years.

The Teens and Masters competitions kick off on Tuesday 21 July in the USA, which is early Wednesday morning here in Australia. We have some great athletes and several representatives with some definite podium chances.

The individuals and teams kick off on Wednesday in the US, which is early Thursday our time. Again, we have some awesome athletes but many eyes will be on Kara Webb who led the competition last year but had to withdraw because of injury.

There will be a webcast via CrossFit’s youtube channel and the link will be on the games web site games@crossfit.com. The Games site will also include daily highlight clips.

These athletes, of all ages, are well worth watching to see what is possible with dedication and hard work. And if you think this is for young, fit people, just watch what the Masters can do.

I should add we also have people in the commentary team and judging team, and Mick Shaw (our Regional director) will be running one of the venues.

Here is a list of athletes from down under (Aust & NZ) and the times they will be competing.

Competition times (Sydney time)

Masters & Teens:

  • Wednesday 22nd, 2am – 10am
  • Thursday 23rd, 2am – 10:30am
  • Friday 24th, 2am – 10am

Individuals:

  • Thursday 23rd, 2am – 6am then 10am – 1:30pm
  • Saturday 25th, 2am – 1:30pm
  • Sunday 26th, 2am – 1:30pm
  • Monday 27th, 2am – 11am

Athletes

Teen boys 16-17       Josh McMahon, Rees Machel

Teen girls 16-17       Isabella Vallejo

Men 40-44                 Darren Ellis

Women 40-44          Amanda Allen

Men 45-49                 Matt Swift

Women 45-49          Francine Pehi, Kylie Massi

Women 50-54          Sue Oakman

Women 55-59          Lynne Knapman, Diana Flynn, Trish Hering

Men 60+                    Gary Jones

Open Men                 Khan Porter, Rob Forte, Chad Mackay, Kevin Manuel, Ben Garard

Open Women          Kara Webb, Alethea Boon, Tia-Clair Toomey, Denae Brown, Sammy Wood

Teams                        Schwartz CrossFit Melbourne, Zaks Pack East Tamaki, CrossFit Rocks, CrossFit Athletic, CrossFit Active

Be sure to watch at least some of the events. It will blow your mind when you see what’s possible and give you that extra motivation to go harder.

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