Cross­fit chal­lenge ex­cites for­mer Toko­roa woman

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

Hav­ing a sus­pected frac­tured arm was never go­ing to stop a for­mer Toko­roa woman from tak­ing part in the world 2016 Ree­bok Cross­fit Games for the sec­ond year in a row.

Francine Pehi, who spent the early years of her child­hood liv­ing in Toko­roa be­fore mov­ing to Aus­tralia, took part in the hotly con­tested com­pe­ti­tion held over three days in Cal­i­for­nia this month.

She was joined by ap­prox­i­mately 8,200 com­peti­tors from around the world.

Af­ter gain­ing bronze in last year’s 45-49 Mas­ters Di­vi­sion and con­sid­er­ing her in­jured arm, Pehi said she was ec­static to have gone in placed 19th and to fin­ish 13th.

‘‘The qual­i­fy­ing process is ex­tremely gru­elling both phys­i­cally and men­tally and spans over ap­prox­i­mately three months and is bro­ken down into two stages be­fore the Cross­fit Games it­self, ‘‘she said.

‘‘The top 20 ath­letes world­wide in each di­vi­sion then get in­vited to com­pete at the Cross­fit Games and I was ab­so­lutely over­whelmed and ec­static to have qual­i­fied again.

‘‘It’s such a tough com­pe­ti­tion and the field of com­peti­tors grows and gets stronger ev­ery year.

‘‘I don’t have a con­sis­tent train­ing sched­ule due to my em­ploy­ment so to qual­ify again I con­sider a bless­ing and a gift.’’

‘‘The last work­out I com­pleted with a sus­pected frac­tured arm, which I’m yet to get checked when I re­turn home to Aus­tralia, but my goal was to gain a few places from where I went in, which I did and I’m very proud of that,’’ she said.

Pehi, who has been cross­fit­ting for six years, said she was ‘‘ex­tremely pas­sion­ate’’ about the sport.

‘‘It’s be­cause of the com­mu­nity, the con­stantly chal­leng­ing as­pects of the work­outs and the va­ri­ety.

It pushes me to my lim­its and beyond and helps me be­come a stronger per­son of both body and mind,’’ she said.

She said it was her de­sire to be healthy, fit and strong that has helped her get so far.

‘‘It helps me to want to train reg­u­larly there­fore I’ve even­tu­ally be­come good at Cross­fit.

‘‘I still have a very long way to go and so much to learn but I’m en­joy­ing the chal­lenges that that learn­ing brings,’’ she said.

The cat­e­gory was won by Cal­i­for­nia based Ch­eryl Brost with At­lantic’s Tracy Shu­ford in sec­ond.

For­mer Toko­roa based cross­fit­ter Francine Pehi is now ranked 13th in the world for her age group.

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