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France’s Country Manager Chaffey Passes Baton to Second in Command

December 7, 2020 by
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Over the weekend, France’s Country Manager for CrossFit, Daniel Chaffey, announced that he’s stepping down from the post he’s held for almost four years and turning over the reins to his second in command, Julian Festor. 

  • Chaffey: “The community could wish for no better champion than” Julain Festor. 

Some background: Chaffey has spearheaded CrossFit’s growth in France over the last decade, which now has around 650 affiliates. 

  • In December of 2011, Chaffey opened Reebok CrossFit Louvre in Paris, France. He has since opened two more locations: another in Paris and one in Bordeaux. 
  • In 2012, he started the French Throwdown, which has grown to be one of the largest and most widely attended events in Europe, and one of the original CrossFit sanctioned events selected for the inaugural Sanctional season. 
  • CrossFit Louvre played host to Open announcement 17.1 between Kristin Holte and Samantha Briggs. 

Festor has been alongside Chaffey almost the entire time, joining CrossFit Louvre in September 2012 and became France’s Assistant Country Manager in January 2018. He has also helped grow the French Throwdown over the past eight years, most recently as director of the event. 

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