Local crossfit athletes showcase passion and power

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Quintin van Jaarsveld

CrossFit Wild Coast athletes’ rapid rise saw them reap rewards in a fun throwdown at CrossFit Kaiyay in Umhlanga Rocks on Friday night.

A dozen athletes, split into three four-person teams, represented the Manaba-based box and more than held their own against their more experienced fellow KwaZulu-Natal contingents.

Sheby Skye, Sam de Boer, Lee Maree and Jordyn Eel formed team CrossFit Wild Coast, coach Mitch Anderson, Wesley Caple, Natasha Caple and Tarryn Harty made up Coastal Chaos and Kayla Murie, Melissa Eaton, Jacques Kunz and Gareth Haverly added extra spice to the competition as the Nawty Sh!ts.

The throwdown consisted of three events under a male-female-male-female structure.

The first event was a 10-minute AMCARAP, consisting of three BB clusters (70kg/40kg), a burpee over bar, seven lateral jumps and accumulating calories on an assault bike.

Next up was a 15-minute AMRAP. Using a ‘follow the leader structure’, athletes were tasked with 15 deadlifts (140kg/90kg), 12 bar muscle ups, 15 box jumps (30”/24”), nine bar muscle ups, 15 handstand push ups and six more bar muscle ups.

The final event was a 15-minute TC in which teams competed for time as pairs. They had to complete 10 snatches (70kg/40kg split), 20 TBBs (each), 30 rowing calories (split), 40 double unders (each) and one RM and OH squat (each) in the fastest time possible with a nine-minute cap.

The CrossFit Wild Coast side of Skye, De Boer, Maree and Eel made it to the final and placed fifth out of 13 teams, while the local box also clinched the Community Cup.

“It’s a huge accomplishment for us as we are the youngest box in KZN,” coach and owner Anderson told eHowzit.

“The events were hectic and well structured. Our teams did so well and most importantly, we had the sickest time.

“We ended up walking away with the Community Cup for bringing the most ‘gees’, which is something we as a box are so, so, so stoked about!

“It was an emotional night for me as I saw my athletes take the stage and absolutely rip it up. We have been open for just under two years and I can’t actually believe how far each and every member has come not just as crossfitters, but as people. Our family is strong,” added Anderson.

Photos by Kevin Rom

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