Keya ready for Strong­man ti­tle de­fence


CrossFit en­thu­si­ast Keya Wood­land is look­ing to suc­cess­fully de­fend her Strong­man ti­tle next week.

Wood­land, weigh­ing 70kg, won the open women’s cat­e­gory in the sec­ond round of the Auck­land Strong­man Se­ries in Au­gust.

The Re­muera res­i­dent hopes to win the fi­nal round of the com­pe­ti­tion at New Lynn on Novem­ber 26.

This is the first year in the com­pe­ti­tion a women’s divi­sion has been in­tro­duced and win­ning, the 25-year-old says, would be phe­nom­e­nal.

‘‘It’s an awe­some feel­ing to be one of the first women to com­pete in the first women’s cat­e­gory of Auck­land Strong­man,’’ she says.

Orig­i­nally from Aus­tralia, Wood­land works as a nanny look­ing after three chil­dren be­low the age of 10.

De­spite her busy sched­ule, she is a de­voted Strong­man com­peti­tor. Wood­land’s com­peted in Aus­tralia, Amer­ica and South Africa.

This year alone, Good­land won both the Aus­tralian Arnold’s Strong­man Cham­pi­onship in the un­der-65kg class and the South African Arnold’s in the 75kg class.

She also holds the Aus­tralian Women’s Log Lift­ing record with a lift of 89kgs on a 10 inch log, even though she com­peted as a light­weight.

‘‘I was al­ways an ath­letic kid, be­came an over­weight teenager but started CrossFit six years ago.

‘‘A friend of mine in­tro­duced me to Strong­man two years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since.’’

Good­land is nurs­ing a shoul­der in­jury from white­wa­ter raft­ing in Ro­torua two months ago, but she’s adamant this will not slow her down on the day.

The women will bat­tle it out in four events - the max log, keg toss, max rep with squats and stone over­bar.

‘‘The stone and log are my favourite lifts. I would like to try, de­pend­ing on my shoul­der, break my own per­sonal best (95kg) for log lift.’’

With sev­eral ti­tles un­der her belt from other coun­tries, Wood­land hopes to con­quer Auck­land next week, and hope­fully Europe in the fu­ture.

‘‘More women should give this com­pe­ti­tion a go, it’s all about step­ping out of your com­fort zones.

‘‘I stepped out of mine and I’m lov­ing it. You’re not go­ing to walk into a com­pe­ti­tion and hit ev­ery weight and come out on top ev­ery time but it’s about setting your own per­sonal goals.’’


Keya Wood­land has won Strong­man com­pe­ti­tions in Aus­tralia and South Africa.

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