Cross­Fit mas­ters vie to win

Matamata Chronicle - - Out&about - TERESA HAT­TAN

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.

PHOTO: TERESA HAT­TAN

Ni­cole Bradley, Allen Pryor, Joel Fal­lon, Bubs Pryor, Kim Louch, Arahia Fal­lon, Sarah Hawke and Cherie Heaslip, with supporters.

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