PHOTOS: Local crossfit competitors rise up the ranks

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Quintin van Jaarsveld

Athletes from CrossFit Wild Coast turned up to the CrossFit Kaiyay Kurse 2.0 Throwdown in La Lucia on Friday night in a big way.

The KwaZulu-Natal CrossFit community converged to challenge themselves and one another over three taxing events that tested every muscle and fibre in their beings.

Prime among them were a dozen local athletes, who represented the Manaba-based box in teams of four.

The events were:

Event 1 – 9 Min AMRAP:

Cash In: 40 x Front Squats @ 70/45kg
4 x Bar Muscle Ups
8 x Shoulder To Overhead (70kg/45kg)
12 x Assault Bike Calories (2 teammates together – 1 on pedals; 1 doing arms)

Event 2 – 10 Min Time Cap:
20 x Deadlifts @ 90/60kg
10 x Hang Cleans @ 90/60kg
60 x Double Unders
20 x Kipping Handstand Push Ups (HSPU)
10 x Strict HSPU
60 x Double Unders
10 x Strict HSPU
20 x Kipping HSPU
60 x Double Unders
10 x Hang Cleans @ 90/60kg
20 x Deadlifts @ 90/60kg
Max reps Toes To Bar

FINALS – 15 Min Time Cap

First 10 Min Time Cap:
Female 1 – 3 Calorie Row, then 3 Burpee Box Jump Overs
Female 2 – 3 Calorie Row, then 3 Burpee Box Jump Overs
Male 1 – 6 Calorie Row, then 6 Burpee Box Jump Overs
Male 2 – 6 Calorie Row, then 6 Burpee Box Jump Overs
Female 1 – 9 Calorie Row, then 9 Burpee Box Jump Overs
Female 2 – 9 Calorie Row, then 9 Burpee Box Jump Overs
Male 1 – 12 Calorie Row, then 12 Burpee Box Jump Overs
Male 2 – 12 Calorie Row, then 12 Burpee Box Jump Overs
Last 5 Min:
Max Accumulative Team Snatch

Team Wild Coast, consisting of coach and box owner Mitch Anderson, Sean Flanagan, Sam de Boer and Melissa Eaton, were in fantastic form and narrowly missed out on top honours to CrossFit Zulu.

Lee Maree, Wesley and Natasha Caple and Anna Barnard formed the Wild Coast Warriors and finished fourth out of the 10 RX teams, just missing out on a place on the podium.

In another solid outing, the Wild Coast Wildlings – Lavern Liebenberg, along with Drummond trio Lance, Tamra and Rafe Drummond – placed seventh out of 14 teams in the scaled competition.

Collectively, they came away with silverware, much to a proud Anderson’s delight.

“We won the Community Cup for the second year in a row, which is the most important accomplishment of the night. That is what we are all about,” he told eHowzit.

On his team’s runner-up result, he said, “It was a very close final; I think we only lost by one point, so we’ll go back to the drawing board and have to work harder for the next one.”

Sharing his views on the other two teams’ performances, he said, “The Wild Coast Warriors stepped it up a notch and the Wild Coast Wildlings represented what we are all about, holding the Wild Coast flag high.”

Anderson added, “Well done to CrossFit Kaiyay for hosting such an epic competition. It is always good to throw some weights around with the KZN CrossFit community.” 

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