“Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Emma McQuaid Wins Her First Ever Elite CrossFit Competition, Plans to Use Some Winnings to “Kit Out” New Home Gym
As Emma McQuaid stood tall on the podium at the conclusion of Wodapalooza, emotions began to sink in as she realized this was her breakthrough competition.
“I was so pumped up, it was absolutely awesome. That was my first ever elite first place in a live competition so it was awesome.”
Three-time CrossFit Games athlete from Ireland McQuaid, entered the scene back in 2019 in her rookie year when she finished 20th at the CrossFit Games. In 2020, she placed 19th in stage one of the virtual competition and nearly cracked the top 10 in 2021 when she finished 12th as the CrossFit Games returned to Madison, Wisconsin.
Over the course of the four day competition at Wodapalooza, McQuaid just kept ticking up the leaderboard. From 6th, to second, and ultimately first, she wasn’t flashy or loud. Rather, her subtle sneakiness ultimately rose her to the top of the leaderboard. But what was unannounced to the public or fans – an ankle twist that left her not feeling 100% at the start of the competition.
Affiliate Owner Simon Darby Earns Prestigious MBE Award for Work With Youth Cancer Survivors
Simon Darby, a Young Lives vs Cancer social worker and the founder of the CrossFit-based MOVE Forward program in Northern Ireland, has received an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list for his work and support of young people that have undergone treatment for cancer.
One big thing: The MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) is the third-highest ranking Order of the British Empire award, behind CBE and OBE. The MBE recognizes individuals that make a positive impact on the community or in their line of work.
Darby, a Level 2 CrossFit trainer, established the MOVE Forward rehabilitation program. This CrossFit-based exercise program focuses on young adults and families living life after cancer treatment in Northern Ireland.
This program has successfully run for five years and earned an “Excellence in Rehabilitation Award” while operating out of CrossFit Northern Ireland and Boundary CrossFit Lisburn.
Darby, who has worked for Young Lives vs Cancer since 2011, discovered a lump on his right testicle at the age of 19 when he was pursuing a career in social work. This wasn’t the main motivating factor in his decision to focus on this career field, but it helped him provide empathy while working with young people facing cancer.
The Exclusive Miami Vice AIRWAAV Performance Mouthpiece
AIRWAAV launched some sweet MIAMI VICE colored mouthpieces at Wodapalooza last week and they were such a hit...they’re making a small number available for purchase on their website. Head over to AIRWAAV now to get your hands on this limited edition run. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.
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Congratulations to James Woodley from California on a 253 pound/115kg clean and jerk PR.
This Saturday, January 29th, CrossFit Ridgeback in Commerce City, CO is hosting The Coffland Hero Challenge Fitness Fundraiser WOD in honor of Cpl. Christopher Coffland, U.S. Army, who was killed in action on Nov. 13, 2009 in Afghanistan.
Registration is $25; if you are not able to participate, donations of any size are always welcome.
Funds raised will support the Catch A Lift Fund; a 501(c)(3) non-profit that helps thousands of combat-wounded veterans recover and thrive through Fitness, Nutrition, Emotional Wellness and Community.
Coffland Hero WOD: 6 minute cumulative hang hold from rig/pull-up bar. Each time you drop, run 800 meters and complete 30 push ups. Then resume hang. Repeat until cumulative hang hold reaches 6 minutes. Score is total time, including all runs and push-ups.
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