Returning to Competition, Sam Kwant Starts New Season with PUMA
Sam Kwant is returning to the competitive season with a new company by his side — PUMA. Kwant recently signed on as the brands newest training ambassador just weeks before returning to competition floor making his 2022 season debut at the Rogue Invitational, after he failed to qualify last season due to a flair up of a chronic illness during Semifinals.
- “When we got to Tenessee I woke up in the middle of the night and my body was covered in hives and my throat was closing up and it was scary to be honest,” said Kwant.
How it went down: The collaboration with PUMA began inside the walls of CrossFit New England after moving to Boston to join the CompTrain crew. From there, he was inspired with how the company kept family at the center of conversation.
- Kwant: “I loved what they had going on and how their company runs…when they sign anyone it’s about ‘the PUMA family’ and I was all about that saying and I loved it.
- Speaking of family, when suggesting that PUMA should come out with a matching pair of kicks for Kwant and his year and a half old son, Layton, Kwant said “I’ve already looked into that, got some on the way I think actually.”
- Another driving factor for Kwant was the company’s mission to give back to the community.
One big thing: PUMA threw in an unorthodox, but compelling component of the contract: anytime he finishes on the podium, he can earmark $10,000 to an organization of his choice; a first that we’ve seen in CrossFit.
- Kwant: “Anytime that I podium, I’m going to be able to give 10k to an organization of my choice which I thought was super cool and I’m super excited. It gives me even more of an incentive to podium and then also starting in 2022, anytime I compete and podium we’re also going to give away 100 pairs of PUMA FUSE’s to an affiliate of my choice.”
But for Kwant, giving back is more than just having a desire for service, it goes deeper. This collaboration with PUMA gives him the opportunity to do something in the name of his late sister.
- “I don’t think many people know this but my younger sister passed away because she had a chromosome disorder called trisomy 18, so there’s a couple of organizations that work with families and support families with that so my plan is to donate to them.”
As for Kwant’s return to the competition floor less than a month away, he’ll be squaring up against a very stacked field at the Rogue Invitational, which is offering the largest off season prize purse ever. He’ll spend the next few weeks training in Washington to keep any flair ups at bay after discovering they could be linked to an outdoor allergy. Kwant said he has been trying to get in with a specialist and hopes to have more answers as he pushes forward into the next season.
- “I’m doing everything I can for it, getting into appointments and trying to be smart about it. I haven’t had a flair up near what I had at MACC and that was the first flair up that I’ve had like that in like ten years…I think I should have answers by Rogue so I’m not terribly worried about that…me and the CompTrain crew definitely have some plans in place for getting me fit and working on those weaknesses so I’m exciting for this upcoming season, redemption year.”