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Road To Redemption For Australia’s National Champion

February 23, 2020 by
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He’s beaten out the likes of CrossFit Games veterans James Newbury, Khan Porter and Brandon Swan two years in a row to become the Australian National Champion.

The name Bayden Brown has also become a fixture in the top 20 of the CrossFit Open — two years running — yet Brown still feels he’s got a point to prove.

  • I have never been one to sit and feel sorry for myself, it was my fault in what happened and there is only one way to change it,” he told the Morning Chalk Up.

Bayden Brown’s talking about his performance at the 2019 CrossFit Games, where the rookie labeled “one-to-watch” failed to make it past the first event.

  • I went out too hot and tried to win the first round, something I am heard saying “Don’t do!” many times a week,” the CrossFit coach added.  

But Bayden isn’t one to feel sorry for himself and admitted the “rookie mistake” was his own doing and “there’s only one way to change it.”

Once the official confirmation came through that he’d be returning to Madison, Brown acknowledged his “rookie mistake” and in his own words exclaimed, “Take 2! Don’t [email protected]&k this up……..again! #catchyainmadison

Brown will join a stacked field at the first of two Australian sanctionals next month, as his first live events since bowing out at the CrossFit Games.

The Australian CrossFit Championship was the only 2019 live event Brown competed in before the CrossFit Games, finishing just behind James Newbury in second place.

  • Hitting a bunch of live competitions was not part of the plan in his rookie year: “To an extent, be tucked away up home in Townsville (a regional city in Australia) and just train, making sure I was as ready as I could be,” he said.

While Brown says he learned from his mistakes last season, the prospect of more live competitions outside Australia still isn’t an option.

  • “For me, it is too expensive to fly around the world being from regional Queensland. Plus I also work full time and even though my boss is awesome with leave, I am still obligated to fulfill my role,” he added.

With a Games ticket already in tow, Bayden Brown comes into the Australian CrossFit Championship as the top qualifier.

While mentally, he’s a different athlete in 2020 his approach, as a loyal follower of Comp Train programming remains the same.

  • “I still follow Comptrain religiously and then add in my own specific weakness and capacity work daily. I live by the saying ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,’” he said.

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