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Why the Fittest on Earth Will Start Their Season at a Non-Sanctioned Event
Rich Froning, Tia-Clair Toomey, Chyna Cho and Tasia Percevecz: four names that claimed a big percentage of the 2019 podiums, will also compete November 8-10 at one of the first events of the 2020 season, even before the end of the Open.
It’s not sanctioned or officially licensed but that’s the goal – The Torian Pro in Brisbane, Australia is pulling out all the stops to get CrossFit’s attention and make their ‘local’ competition one of the premiere events on the global CrossFit calendar.
“We 100 percent wanted it sanctioned,” said Torian co-owner Johno Snape, but when the official tick didn’t go their way, it put things in perspective.
“We started this event (in 2015) to give an opportunity for people in the community and because we want to grow the sport in Australia,” Torian co-owner Mike Towner told the Morning Chalk Up.
“We’re just going to keep doing the best event that we can like we always did and if we create the best event that we can … one day the sanction should fall our way,” he added.
Securing Reebok as the title sponsor for 2019 has certainly upped the ante for the competition this November, where 542 athletes will compete across 8 divisions.
A Reebok spokesperson told the Morning Chalk Up, the fact the event isn’t sanctioned wasn’t a deterrent.
“Our commitment to CrossFit goes beyond the Games and Sanctioned events. We truly believe in the grassroots and community, and partnering up with an event like the Torian Pro is aligned to our vision.”
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Go behind the scenes with all the Invictus athletes and teams in Madison at the 2019 CrossFit Games. Hear their thoughts on the cuts, how they strategized the events, and hear how Dave Castro felt about the weekend as a whole. SEA OF GREEN.
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GRAND RE-OPENING — CrossFit Bovine in Richardson, TX has new owners, new equipment and added classes. They will hold a family-friendly grand re-opening celebration September 14 with a community workout, games, food, music and a raffle.
BEERS AND BURPEES — On September 21, the 9th Annual Beers and Burpees Charity Event will be held in Charlotte, NC. Over 40 local gyms are partnering to host the event where over 1,750 people will come together to workout, drink beer and raise money for the Dream on 3 charity organization.
WOD WEEKLIES SEASON 4 — WOD Weeklies, a year-round, weekly online competition just opened up registration for Season 4, which kicks off October 1.
COFFLAND HERO WOD — Blue Crab CrossFit in Hanover, MD is hosting a Coffland Hero WOD on Sunday, September 15. All proceeds raised go to the Catch A Lift Fund to help provide a fitness and wellness grant to a combat wounded veteran who is need of a fitness program for recovery and rehabilitation.
CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES(a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)
Jordan Noe gets a 240 pound hang clean and jerk PR • Happy birthday Nicole Biscuiti • Sarabeth McLendon Jumper does a behind the neck jerk + jerk at 265 pounds • Nick Neratka does a 20RM back squat at 325 pounds • Jordon Noe hits a 240 pound hang clean and jerk PR.
…and Jacob Heppner has that Instagram pose locked down, even when competing.
USA Functional Fitness World Championship Winners — The USA Functional Fitness Federation held their World Championship over the weekend in Sweden. Zach Sowder, Khan Porter and Uldis Upenieks were the men’s winners while Alex Parker, Jordan Adcock and Matilde Garne took the podium for women.
Tim Paulson is Expanding his Affiliate — Games athleteTim Paulson is expanding his affiliate, CrossFit Pallas, in Ithaca, NY.
— “We’ve spent the last 7+ years learning how to offer fun, safe, and effective group fitness – and we are over the moon to expand the means with which we do this in central NY. First, we’re really excited to be bringing the next chapter of Pallas to you all in a brand new group fitness studio.
— “Second, we’re ecstatic to be bringing some new upgrades to our affiliate, CrossFit Pallas! With stellar new equipment additions the breadth of fitness in our group classes just got even better. Ski ergs, C2 bikes, and sand bags…oh my!
— “It’s a truly awesome time to be living in Ithaca and looking to live a healthier lifestyle!”
Call him the quiet achiever, Australia’s Matt McLeod – the new kid on the block – left standing with the final 10 men in Madison.
The 26-year-old had been on the cusp of qualifying out of the Pacfic Regionals in 2016, 2017 and 2018, but it wasn’t until he finally punched a ticket to the Games this year – a 7th place finish and two event wins – that’s got to be up there with a rookie’s dream debut.
We don’t mean to gloat, but we’d tipped Matt as a ‘one to watch this season’ and clearly his attempts to “go there and try make a name for myself” were far from an empty threat.
“Probably more surprised than scared people I think,” he laughed.
Upon returning home, he’s straight back into training for 2020 and we caught up with the star rookie in his hometown of Brisbane, Australia.
His event wins: Event 4 — Sprint Couplet: “I didn’t think I would win that one. I knew I could just sprint with the sled and do my bar muscle ups unbroken and get back as quickly as I could, but I didn’t think I’d go anywhere near as well as I did,” he said.
Event 9 — Swim Paddle: After an impressive performance in a similar event at the Dubai CrossFit Championships in 2018, “I was pretty confident I could win that one quite, not easily, but I knew if I just swam, I could get ahead of everyone,” McLeod said.
That photo finish with Tia-Clair Toomey was one for the highlight reel. McLeod claims the pair discussed tactics on the paddle back, but the sprint wasn’t planned: “I said to her, can we just jog to the line?” he laughed.