P­lett athle­tes fit for po­di­um spot

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Sport - Yo­lan­dé S­tan­der

A group of P­let­ten­berg Bay Cross­fit athle­tes did the town proud w­hen they re­tur­ned with two me­dals af­ter com­pe­ting in the En­du­ra­de East Ca­pe C­ham­pi­ons­hips o­ver the past wee­kend.

The group, who re­pre­sen­ted Cross­fit P­lett, con­sis­ted of three te­ams of which two mem­bers par­ti­ci­pa­ted in both the te­am and in­di­vi­du­al e­vents.

The com­pe­ti­ti­on is hos­ted an­nu­al­ly by Cross­fit Al­goa and in­vi­tes athle­tes to test their fit­ness, en­du­ran­ce and strength a­gainst so­me of the toug­hest athle­tes in the coun­try.

Cross­fit is a sport in­vol­ving con­stant­ly va­ried, high-in­ten­si­ty, functi­o­nal mo­vement dra­wing on ca­te­go­ries and exe­r­ci­ses such as cal­listhe­ni­cs, O­lym­pic-sty­le weig­ht­lif­ting, po­wer­lif­ting, strong­man-ty­pe e­vents, plyo­me­tri­cs, bo­dy weig­ht exe­r­ci­ses, ind­oor ro­wing, a­e­ro­bic exe­r­ci­se, run­ning, and swim­ming.

In a com­pe­ti­ti­on set­ting, athle­tes ha­ve to “ex­pect the u­nex­pected”, and the past wee­kend’s com­pe­ti­ti­on was no dif­fe­rent.

S­pan­ning three days, from 7 to 9 Sep­tem­ber, the com­pe­ti­ti­on be­gan with a full day of in­di­vi­du­al e­vents, in­clu­ding swim­ming in the o­ce­an, be­ach runs, s­led-pul­ling through the sand and dumb­bell work. The­re we­re al­so e­vents that com­bi­ned gym­nas­tic mo­vements and weig­ht­lif­ting.

Te­a­cher co­mes out tops

Wit­te­drift Pri­ma­ry S­chool te­a­cher Ma­lan­di du Toit ma­na­ged to se­cu­re the top po­di­um spot af­ter set­ting blis­te­ring ti­mes du­ring most of the e­vents. She par­ti­ci­pa­ted in the “sca­led” ca­te­go­ry. The ot­her ca­te­go­ries we­re the ne­w­ly ad­ded in­ter­me­di­a­te ca­te­go­ry and RX for the e­li­te athle­tes.

“It was gre­at to be sur­roun­ded by li­ke­min­ded, fit­ness-dri­ven pe­op­le. The­re we­re a few tough e­vents and I had to dig deep at ti­mes not to hit the wall,” Du Toit said.

This at­ti­tu­de car­ried her through a­not­her gru­el­ling two days of com­pe­ti­ti­on as part of Te­am Rockste­a­dy al­ongs­i­de lo­cal po­li­ce of­fi­cer Chris­to­pher Boer, re­por­ter and te­a­cher Yo­lan­dé S­tan­der and fit­ness co­ach D­way­ne Hurn. They ma­na­ged to do as their na­me sug­ge­sts, ste­a­di­ly clim­bing up the le­a­der­bo­ard and fi­nal­ly se­cu­ring se­cond pla­ce in the in­ter­me­di­a­te ca­te­go­ry out of 21 par­ti­ci­pa­ting te­ams.

“I am very proud of all the Cross­fit P­lett athle­tes who par­ti­ci­pa­ted. They sho­wed that hard work and de­di­ca­ti­on pays off,” said Cross­fit P­lett o­w­ner and co­ach Do­nald Ra­ven­scroft.

Cross­fit P­lett had two mo­re te­ams who par­ti­ci­pa­ted in­clu­ding The Out­si­ders that con­sis­ted of hus­band-and-wi­fe duo Gert and Ma­ri­an­ne van Jaars­veld as well as lo­cals Ro­byn de V­ries and Mat­hew Be­ster. They fi­nis­hed in the top 10 sca­led te­ams in n­inth spot.

Till Fai­lu­re, which con­sis­ted of fat­her-andson te­am Da­ron and No­ah C­haz as well as Kir­sty C­ham­bers, fi­nis­hed in 16th po­si­ti­on.

P­ho­to: Gert van Jaars­veld

Cross­fit P­lett te­am Rockste­a­dy fi­nis­hed in se­cond pla­ce at the East Ca­pe C­ham­pi­ons­hips in Port E­li­za­beth. From left is D­way­ne Hurn, Yo­lan­de S­tan­der, Ma­lan­di du Toit and Chris­to­pher Boer.

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