Down Under, Brazil Sanctionals Strike Partnership
The Down Under CrossFit Championship announced that they’ll be partnering with the Brazil CrossFit Championship to extend direct invites to the podium finishers in the individual and team divisions. This is the latest in a batch of new partnerships between Sanctionals for the 2020 season.
- All five events owned by Loud and Live Sports – Wodapalooza, the West Coast Classic, the Madrid CrossFit Championship, the Granite Games, and the Mayan CrossFit Classic are all offering direct invites to individual and team Sanctional winners from the prior 12 months from the event date.
- The Brazil CrossFit Championship, along with the Loud and Live events, has been at the forefront of developing partnerships, establishing one of the first partnerships of the new format with Wodapalooza last season.
- Last week the DUCC announced they will be extending invites to the individual winners of the Kalis Games, a licensed event in the Philippines.
This is the first partnership that the Down Under CrossFit Championship has reached with another Sanctional, after being a trailblazer in their own right in 2019. Last season the DUCC was the only sanctioned event of the season to use the Open as a qualifier for their event, a move that’s now been adopted by more than a dozen events this season.
In speaking with organizers of the DUCC, this trend of best practices is likely to continue with some potential future partnerships in the works to offer spots to licensed, and non-licensed events in line with other deals we previously reported on earlier this month. The partnership with Brazil is particularly important given how the competition played out in Sao Paulo last year.
- Saxon Panchik, the eventual recipient of the Brazil CrossFit Championship invite to the Games last year, gained entry to the event through the partnership with Wodapalooza, which resulted in a 9th place finish at the 2019 CrossFit Games.
Keep these deals in mind, because partnerships such as this one between Brazil and Down Under can significantly change how things play out across the season for athletes and events, and the effects can trickle all the way up to the top at the Games. We’ll keep you updated as more deals come down the pipe through our guide to Sanctionals qualifying.