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The Australians to Watch at the 2019 Games

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“Struggling isn’t an option. If you want to get better, it’s necessary.” — Katrin Davidsdottir

The ‘Ones to Watch’ from Australia at the Crossfit Games 2019


Ever wondered what’s in the water down under?

Producing the likes of the Fittest Women on Earth, Tia Clair Toomey and Kara Saunders (Webb), the Australians have certainly cemented a stronghold of the women’s competition at the CrossFit Games.

The Aussie Men are yet to assert such dominance and even got a bad wrap when rookie Ricky Garard was stripped of his third place finish in 2017, testing positive to banned substances testolone and endurobol.

2019 could mark the resurgence of the rookie with two young guns hoping to shake off the stigma and bring the boys up to speed.

“You don’t not go to the Games to win, so I am going to go there and try make a name for myself,” Matt McLeod told the Morning Chalk Up.

The 26-year-old qualified through his dominant performance at the Down Under CrossFit Championship in May, beating fellow qualifier and Games athlete Jacob Heppner, to take out the top spot.

“I definitely want to go there and scare a few people,” he laughed.

“When I’m competing I think about nothing else.”

McLeod isn’t a newbie on the Australian CrossFit circuit, being on the cusp at the Pacific Regionals for the past three years.

“I’ve been trying for a while now and it’s good to have it all happen,” he said.

It’s been six years since he first tried CrossFit, with a background in competitive swimming and boxing.

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  • FIREFIGHTER FUNDRAISER — Saturday, at CrossFit Appleton in Appleton, WI more than 100 people came to do Man Makers to honor fallen firefighter, Mitch Lundgaard. 
  • NEW LOCATION — Rock Life CrossFit in the Virgin Islands celebrated their two year anniversary by moving to a larger location.  CrossFit Monadnock in Keene, NH has also moved to a larger location.
  • WOD FOR FALLEN POLICE OFFICER — Crooked Letter CrossFit in D’Iberville, MS hosted a fundraiser WOD for Robert McKeithen, who was killed in the line of duty in May.
  • BOX BUILDS A PLAYGROUND — CrossFit Lakeland in Lakeland, FL helped build a playground for local kids on Saturday. 

CHALK UP IN 2 MINUTES (a highlight reel around social media of CrossFit pros and average joes)

Kevin Covate gets a 249 pound clean and jerk PR • Happy birthday Katie BurtonHappy birthday
Emily BridgersAmanda Deller learned to shoot a shotgun on her rest day • Steph Chung overhead squats 235 pounds for two • Sam Dancer has marital advice for you • Jess Griffith hang power cleans 220 poundsHunter McIntyre does paused deadlifts at 515 pounds • Happy birthday James Townsend.

…and if anyone knows about Dad reflexes, it’s Ben Bergeron. 

2019 World’s Strongest Man — Yesterday, in Florida, Martins Licis of the United States was crowned the 2019 World’s Strongest Man.

2020 Brazil CrossFit Championship Online Qualifier — The Brazil CrossFit Championship announced that they will use the Open in October as the 2020 online qualifier.

— “The workouts to qualify for the BCC will be the same as for the CrossFit Games Open in October 2019.

— “The timeline for signing up, revealing the workouts and submitting the results will be very similar to the CrossFit Games Open. Athletes will have to sign up for the BCC Online Qualifier separately from the Open in order to submit their video for review.

— “More details will be available once the 2020 CrossFit Games Rulebook and the 2020 BCC Online Qualifier Rules have been released.”

In Case You Missed It — Friday, CrossFit Mayhem revealed on a podcast that Elly Kabboord, captain of CrossFit Mayhem Independence, tested positive at the Reykjavik CrossFit Championship for the banned substance Clenbuterol. But this one isn’t as nefarious as others might seem: her positive test found 1 billionth of a gram of Clenbuterol. She has retained
a lawyer, claiming tainted meat or supplements as the possible cause.

— “We believe you, we stand beside you that you did not knowingly take anything and whether it’s a tainted supplement — supplements are getting tested — or a tainted meat, that could be it. We know you as a person, we know you as an athlete and know that how many years have you been competing and never once had a positive test and been tested numerous times,” Rich Froning said.



“How CrossFit Made Me a Better Father,” by Jason Khalipa, Morning Chalk Up 

In 2006, when I was first introduced to CrossFit, I couldn’t imagine the impact it would have on my life.

My children and family are undoubtedly my number one priority and CrossFit and moving on a daily basis are the standards for me to perform at my best. I have seen an incredible impact on my fitness, my mindset, and my ability to show our children what “hard work” is.

Fitness should never inhibit what I want to do, or what my children want to do. You need some motivation to workout. This is a great one! Through training CrossFit on a daily basis for over a decade, it is clear that I will never have to worry about my children asking me to do something physical. Want to play tag, jump on the trampoline, or go on a bike ride? Absolutely, is the answer. This is one of the best gifts CrossFit has provided me.

CrossFit has also made a huge impact on my mindset. Through the Sport of Fitness and also daily workouts I learned to push myself mentally and physically. Every day in the gym is an opportunity for us to overcome obstacles in a “low risk” environment. Low risk in the sense that if you “fail” (perhaps you don’t get the reps you wanted or the time you were striving for) it’s not a life and death situation. You try, you learn, you get after it again tomorrow.

Learning to overcome these obstacles has paid huge dividends in real life, specifically as a husband and father. In daily life when I am approached with challenges I instantly revert back to the skills I have developed in the gym and through competition. I have learned to focus on what is in my control and remain positive, two critical skills that can be developed in the gym really well.

See a workout pop up that stresses you out? Evaluate what is in your control vs. out of your control and focus solely on that through the workout. Get in a workout and your legs start to burn? Start coaching yourself in a positive way, revert away from the “my legs hurt,” and focus on your breathing as an example. Once you develop this skill in workouts it’s amazing how it transfers to real life.



6/21 – 6/23: The Bacon Beatdown (Daytona Beach, FL)

6/21 – 6/23: The MiHi Games (Glendale, CO)

6/22: The Brethren Throwdown (Morgan Hill, CA)

6/22: Strength in Our Streets (Indianapolis, IN)

6/22 – 6/23: Clash on the Concrete (Miamisburg, OH)

6/22: Femme Royale (Fort Atkinson, WI)

6/22: OUTWOD (Winter Garden, FL)

6/22: Flower City Throwdown – Men’s Division (Rochester, NY)

6/22: Barbells and Beer at CrossFit Electric City (Anderson, SC)

6/22: 2019 Midsummer Melee (Houston, TX)

6/22: Girls of Summer Competition (Katy, TX)

6/22: Asbury Park Games (Asbury, NJ)

6/22: New Wods on the Block (Lubbock, TX)

6/22: Trained to Go Summer Series 2019 (Raliegh, NC)

6/22: Fifth Annual Box Crawl (Torrance, CA)

6/22: Barbells For Bullies Detroit (Farmington Hills, MI)

6/22: Barbells For Bullies Raleigh (Wake Forest, NC)

6/22: Big Orange Brawl (Knoxville, TN)

6/22: Gut Check at Unfinished Athletics (Pottstown, PA)

6/22: OUTWOD (Sunnyside, NY)

6/22: The Rookie Rumble at CrossFit PowerHour (Lebanon, NJ)

6/22: CrossFit Wicked (Middleton, MA)

6/23: Third annual Bro Royale (Fort Atkinson, WI)

6/28: Boomtown Summer Throwdown (Burkburnett, TX)

6/28 – 6/29: The NorCal Classic (West Sacramento, CA)

6/28 – 6/30: CrossFit French Throwdown (Yvelines, France)

6/29: Master’s Of The Midway: Team Edition (Lake In the Hills, IL)

6/29: Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Raeford, NC)

6/29: 2019 Chattanooga Classic (Chattanooga, TN)

6/29: Partner Throwdown Part Deux (Apple Valley, MN)

6/29: Unicus Athletics Summer Slam 2019 (Denton, TX)

6/29: 2019 Soul Games (Miami, FL)

6/29: The Freedom Games (Greenwood, SC)

6/29: OUTWOD (Collingwood, ON)

6/29: The Mountain Meltdown Twin Cities (Afton Alps, MN)

7/5 – 7/6: The UG Games (Collingwood, ON)

7/6: The Guardian Games (Lebanon, OH)

7/6: 2019 Rex Rumble 8 (Ocala, FL)

7/13: Warrior Affiliate League Barbellas (Anaheim, CA)

7/13: Wods For A Cause Nova Scotia (Bedford, Nova Scotia)

7/13: The Mountain Meltdown Wilmot (Wilmot Mountain, WI)

7/13: Battle of the Beasts (Hudson,NY)

7/13: The Freedom Fitness Festival (Gainesville, FL)

7/13: River’s End Rampage 2019 (Sharpsburg, KY)

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