A Decade of CrossFit Competition in Australia
2009 CrossFit Games Australasian Regional – Sydney CrossFit FX
In the early years only the top two male and female athletes would earn the right of passage to the CrossFit Games in 2009.
Steve Willis AKA “Commando Steve” proved himself in the Australasian Region going on to claim 4th place at the CrossFit Games in Aromas, California.
Chris Hogan, an unknown name at the time, amongst the CrossFit Community in Sydney took second place and made the trip to the USA. On the women’s side, Tamaryn Venter (now Barber) and Nadine Burns qualified in the top positions and joined them to represent our region.
With three Qualifying positions up for grabs, Chris Hogan, no longer the dark horse, secured first place, with Chad Mackay making his first appearance on the podium in second closely followed by Bjorn Albercht.
The qualifying women who continue to be CrossFit community favourites were Rebecca Eastwell Megan Smith and Lauren Roberts.
This year Teams were introduced to the athlete roster and five Teams from Australia made their way to the CrossFit Games. CrossFit Auckland, CrossFit Ignite Sydney, Tropic Thunder, CrossFit FX and Norwest Knights came in top five for the 2010 season.
2011 CrossFit Games Australian Regional – Sydney Olympic Park Charles Moses Stadium
In 2011 Patrick Barber took the Mens first place, with Chris Hogan and Rob Forte close behind.
The female field saw Amy Dracup securing first followed by Ruth Anderson Horrell and Amanda Allen in her first appearance at Regionals.
The team invitations were reduced to three with Teams CrossFit Ignite Sydney proving a dominant force securing first place with CrossFit Gold Coast and Southern CrossFit also punching their tickets to the CrossFit Games.
2012 CrossFit Games Australian Regional – Wollongong WIN Entertainment Centre
On the competition floor, it was a little known female (at the time) by the name of Kara Gordon (now Kara Saunders) who came in ahead of veterans Ruth Anderson Horrell in second and Denae Brown in third to claim first place and secure her first trip to the Games.
Schwartzs CrossFit Melbourne managed to secure the top position during a tough battle with CrossFit Athletic. Tropic Thunder the crew from CrossFit Townsville came in third pace to make the teams second trip back to the CrossFit Games.
While in the men’s half, Chad Mackay claimed first place and went on to finish inside the top 10 at the Reebok CrossFit Games in Carson California later that year. Rob Forte edging a little higher on the podium held second place and Rookie Brandon Swan took a sensational third place finish.
2013 CrossFit Games Australian Regional – Wollongong WIN Entertainment Centre
Kara Gordon once again proved she’s the ‘fittest in Australia’ with a convincing win in the women’s division. Ruth Anderson Horrell ensured New Zealand had a representative at the Games with second place, while Pip Malone rounded out the podium to stamp her ticket to Carson, California.
In the men’s half, and a repeat of the previous years finish, veteran Chad Mackay was narrowly beaten by Rob Forte with Brandon Swan repeating a third place finish.
On the Teams side, it was a tight finish with Schwartzs CrossFit Melbourne securing first and CrossFit Active coming in second. Southern CrossFit only two points behind the second place finishers showed exceptional grit and determination.
2014 CrossFit Games Australian Regional – Wollongong WIN Entertainment Centre
It was a weekend of surprises at the WIN Entertainment Centre in 2014 with Games veterans Ruth Anderson Horrell and Chad Mackay finishing just outside the top three.
Returning competitor Denae Brown took first overall for the women, only a year after giving birth, followed by Kara Webb (formerly Kara Gordon) and Pip Malone.
Rob Forte stood at the top the men’s podium for the second consecutive year. Brandon Swan consistently strong finished second. Khan Porter also surprised many, finishing third overall to book his first appearance at the CrossFit Games.
Teams competing included CrossFit Athletic, who secured first with a strong performance and ensuring a position back to the CrossFit Games. CrossFit Active and Tropic Thunder also earned their respective invitation Carson.
2015 CrossFit Games Pacific Regional – Wollongong WIN Entertainment Centre
This year saw some big changes to the CrossFit Games qualifying schedule as the Australian Region now merged with Asia.The top five athletes and teams at the Pacific Regional would earn a ticket to CrossFit Games in Carson, California. In addition, Wollongong also welcomed athletes from outside Australia and New Zealand for the first time.
Kara Webb dominated the women’s half once again claiming the number one position, Alethea Boon, Tia-Clair Toomey, Sammy Wood, and Danae Brown also secured their Games invites.
Khan Porter showed 2014 was just the start, finishing first in the men’s half, along with Games debutantes Kevin Manuel 4th and Ben Garard 5th. Veteran Chad Mackay also showed his competitive strength, claiming third place. Rob Forte no stranger to the podium finished in second place.
The teams division sent five of the regions best to the CrossFit Games, Schwartzs CrossFit Melbourne, Zaks Pack East Tamaki, CrossFit Rocks, CrossFit Athletic, CrossFit Active all represented the Pacific region in style and ensured the team competition would be a drawcard for the next years Pacific event.
2016 CrossFit Games Pacific Regional – Wollongong WIN Entertainment Centre
After Tia-Clair Toomey’s success at the 2015 CrossFit Games, where she finished 2nd overall, the battle between Toomey and Kara Webb was one of the highlights at the 2016 Pacific Regional.
In the end it was Webb who narrowly took first place on the podium ahead of Toomey, with , Justine Beath 4th and Madeline Sturt 5th also booking their first every appearances at the CrossFit Games. Alethea Boon no stranger to the CrossFit Games came in 3rd.
In the men’s half James Newbury qualified for the Games for the first time, while Rob Forte took out another Regional title, and Khan Porter continued his Regional success, finishing third. Zeke Grove held fourth place and Mitchell Sinnamon making his rookie appearance at the CrossFit Games was the fifth qualifying athlete.
On the team front Zaks Pack East Tamaki, Schwartzs CrossFit Melbourne, CrossFit Athletic, CrossFit Torian and CrossFit Loaded took out the team positions in an electric competition.
2017 CrossFit Games Pacific Regional – Wollongong WIN Entertainment Centre
Once again Kara Webb and Tia-Clair Toomey headlined the action with their neck-and-neck battle over the three days in Wollongong. And once again it was Webb who narrowly defeated the reigning ‘second fittest woman on earth’. Alethea Boon booked another ticket to the Games in
Madison, Wisconsin, while Madeline Sturt and Jessica Coughlan rounded out the top five.
In the men’s half, James Newbury showing his strength took to the podium in first place over Ricky Garard, Rob Forte, Zeke Grove and Mitchell Sinnamon all five earning a ticket to compete at the CrossFit Games.
Teams securing positions to the CrossFit Games were Team Functional Strength, Injustice Crew, CrossFit East Tamaki, Reebok CrossFit Frankston and CrossFit Moorabin, we saw a combination of old and new faces on the team front, the team division of 2017 thrilled the Spectators over the three day competition.
2018 CrossFit Games Pacific Regional – Sydney Qudos Bank Arena