CrossFit masters vie to win
A group of keen Waikato CrossFitters have competed for the first time over the weekend.
A number of Matamata teams travelled to Onehunga on November 14 to take part in the New Zealand CrossFit Masters competition.
The three Matamata teams comprised of nine locals and a couple of others from coach Jodie Pryor’s family. Teams are made up of two men and two women and have a minimum age of 35.
To also qualify for masters, the combined age of the team had to be no less than 160, so couldn’t be made up of all 35-year-olds. ‘‘The oldest in our team is 57,’’ Jodie said.
The teams have been training hard ahead of the competition, which was a first for all bar Sarah Hawke. She described it as ‘‘challenging, but very rewarding’’.
‘‘When you look at the list on the wall and you think ‘there is no way I can do that’ and then you actually do it, it’s an incredible feeling,’’ Cherie Heaslip added.
Nicole Bradley said the best part about being involved in CrossFit was that there was every age, shape and size and everybody was so supportive.
Ahead of the competition, the group were looking forward to showing everyone what they could do.
‘‘I think that’s the whole idea, to just go out and work together as a team and do the best we can as a team,’’ Cherie said.
Nicole said the best part about being in a team was that there were four team members. ‘‘They get you through it.’’
Cherie said her biggest fear was letting the team down. ‘‘But because we’ve had these team trainings and it’s such a supportive atmosphere, the fear is still there but it’s gone way down.’’
Jodie held a number of extra trainings to prepare the teams for the competition. ‘‘It’s good to have something to aim for,’’ Sarah said. ‘‘It’s cool coming and training but when you have something to aim for it makes it that bit more challenging.’’
The teams wanted to thank their sponsors, Plumb Co, Rainbow Kidz, CK Bunn Drainlaying and JSwap, who had paid for their entry fee.
Nicole Bradley, Allen Pryor, Joel Fallon, Bubs Pryor, Kim Louch, Arahia Fallon, Sarah Hawke and Cherie Heaslip, with supporters.