Down Under Steals the Show at the 2019 CrossFit Games

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Tia-Clair Toomey made history on Sunday by becoming the first three time CrossFit Games female Champion.Toomey accumulated over 1000 points to secure a dominant victory.

She was joined by a host of athletes from Down Under with six individual women, five individual men and two teams from making the trip to Madison.

Sharing the winners podium with her was New Zealand’s Jamie Greene a second place finisher at this year’s Down Under CrossFit Championship, Greene took a medal home with a 3rd place at this year’s Games.

With a new season format in place this year Games athletes were required to make “the cut” from event 1 down to 75 Competitors then a cut to 50 from event 2. Each subsequent event would then lose 10 athletes. On Friday it was revealed that the top twenty would continue onto Saturday for a sprint course and the top 10 only would move past on event 6 Saturday morning. A test of the known and unknowable.

Games debutant Lindsay Vaughn who placed 5th at the Down Under CrossFit Championship and won the Spirit of the Games, took 35th in Madison with a top 20 result in event 2. 3rd place finisher at the DUC Courtney Haley survived four cuts with two top 20 finishes to take 30th place at this year’s Games.

Madeline Sturt who helped the X-Terminators team secure a place at the Games from the DUC took a top ten finish in event 1 and 23rd overall in the women’s individual competition, narrowly missing the cut to 20. Katelin Van Zyl rounded out the Australian women with 59th place.

Alethea Boon qualified as an individual and masters competitor after finishing 4th at the Down Under Crossfit Championship, Alethea chose to compete as a master and with no event finishes outside the top 10 has placed 5th in the 35-39 age group at the CrossFit Games.


Two newly formed teams made their way to Madison this year with a host of games experience between them. The X-Terminators team led by games veteran Rob Forte alongside Kate Gordon, Danielle Jenny and Zeke Grove competed alongside Project X with Games competitors Khan Porter, Brandon Swan, Jess Coghlan and Harriet Roberts. These two teams fought it out on the Down Under Competition floor with the narrowest of wins to the X-Terminators.

Five events took place before a cut to 11 teams and a further cut to 9 after Saturday morning’s first event. Project X finished the 2019 Games in 13th place and the X-terminators in 11th with a mere 7 points between them. With a team workout that required members to hold onto a rope and a 1rm clean and jerk appearing at the games, the teams had a sense of dejavu from the Down Under CrossFit Championship.


Great Southern Man James Newbury has excelled at this year’s Games with only two events seeing him finish outside the top 10.

Newbury returned to the Games for the fourth time after finishing in 24th 26th and 18th in previous years.

A second place finish in the swim paddle and a first place finish in Ringer 1 (Workout of 30 20 10 air bike cals and toes to rings) has earned Newbury a career best finish and the title of the 5th fittest man in the world, an outstanding achievement, 2020 can’t come soon enough!

Down Under and Wollongong local Dean Linder-Leighton finished season 2019 in 36th place at this year’s Games and New Zealand’s Luke Fiso 6th place finisher at the Down Under CrossFit Championship and New Zealand National Champion made his Games debut finishing in 63rd place. Bayden Brown the national champion winner of the 2019 Open from Australia placed 106th in his first CrossFit Games.

Matt Mcleod has debuted in stunning fashion at the 2019 CrossFit Games taking 7th place. With opening events seeing him take 40th and 44th placing Mcleod fought back with a first place event win in the sprint couplet comprising of sled push and bar muscle ups. No surprise to Down Under Mcleod also claimed a first place finish in the swim paddle event fishing two minutes ahead of the pack in 25.12.29 he had an epic sprint battle to the finish with Tia-Clair Toomey who took the overall win for the event in 25.12.25 both laughing to the finish line.

Season 2019 and the CrossFit Games comes to an end with spectacular performances from the Down Under Athletes. It has been a privilege for the Down Under CrossFit Championship to be part of the journey for so many of you and we look forward to seeing all our competitors back on the arena floor May 22nd 2020.

CrossFit Games Open and qualification for the Down Under CrossFit Championship begins on October 10th, expressions of interest opening shortly. 

Written by DUC