Queensland Sectional

Matt Swift On The Queensland Sectional

It's a new week Down Under and 40 more athletes have advanced to the next level of competition. Queensland Sectional organizer Matt Swift, recaps the weekend and announces the 20 men and women who will advance to the Australian Regional Competition.

Day 2 of the QLD Sectionals was a huge success, and we have finalized our top 20 men and women from the section. The Men's champion was Doug Armstrong, owner of new affiliate CrossFit Rocks. Doug is a former CrossFit Brisbane athlete and I was so pleased to see him win the event after seeing his disappointment last year after narrowly missing qualification for Aromas. He placed 3rd at the Aussie regionals by 16 seconds! Doug recently suffered a serious ankle injury only several months prior to the Sectionals and demonstrated great tenacity to be fit to compete, let alone win. The female champion was CrossFit Brisbane athlete Yvette Maree, who is starting to emerge as a hot challenger for the Regionals this year. Yvette put in an amazing performance, winning all three workouts.

The crowd was on fire today, fueled by many close finishes and displays of never-say die effort. Our "Spirit of CrossFit" award went to Drummond Williamson from Coastal CrossFit. Drummond is a strong contender for Regionals and turned up this morning telling us that his wife was in labor and asking for his heat to be brought forward. He put in a cracking performance finishing overall 7 position, before returning to the hospital and is now the proud dad to baby Ruby Grace Williamson who was born at 1pm today. We also saw many notable performances throughout the weekend that won the hearts of the crowd. Attached is a photo of 19 year old Aidan O'Brien who taught himself to split snatch in the lead up to the event, and proceeded to smash out all reps in the Snatch workout using the rxd weight - not far off his bodyweight.

The crowd support continued till the very last heat, and our volunteers were outstanding all weekend long. We are humbled by the passion of the community in this part of the world.

The following men and women advance to the upcoming regional qualifier May 8-9.

Top 20 Men
1. Doug Armstrong
2. Daniel Strickland
3. Jarrod Bowe
4. Shane Greer
5. Linzey Beister
6. Joseph Reweti
7. Drummond Williamson
8. Clayton Schulz
9. Glen Erickson
10. Chris Saliba
11. Jeongwon Ross Hwang
12. Brett Fforde
13. Aaron Power
14. Jeremy Austin
15. James Marshall
16. Michael Bonney
17. Thomas Rech
18. Lee Klein
19. Garry O'Neill
20. Shane Millar

Top 20 Women
1. Yvette Maree
2. Jo Maas
3. Rachel Vickery
4. Francine Pehi
5. Emma Keogh
6. Sue Oakman
7. Holly Simpson
8. Penny Barnshaw
9. Fiona Muxlow
10. Michelle Royes
11. Chantal Fleischer
12. Karise Grummett
13. Elizabeth Boyd
14. Simone Davidson
15. Lily Cosgrove
16. Mandy Kinzett
17. Lori Klein
18. Tracey Wright
19. Sharon Aylward
20. Cherise Walmsley

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8 comments on this entry

1. Chris Saliba - Coastal CrossFit QLD wrote...

The Queensland Sectional Qualifier was an example of CrossFit at its finest. The entire CrossFit Brisbane crew hosted a flawless event that has left everyone involved pumped to train harder than before.

The workout selection was the best I have seen given the limited amount of time, space and equipment that an event like this dictates. Time will tell, but I believe that those who performed well across these workouts should be well prepared for regionals.

Finally; Matt, you should be proud of the event you hosted, the athletes you have trained and the input that you have had into the CrossFit community in Australia.


Chris Saliba
Coastal CrossFit QLD

2. Rookie wrote...

What a weekend!!!!!

Some amazing performances and inspiration from people you don't expect it from those you do and every person gave 100% for the 2 days.

Big thanks to Matt, Wendy, Donna and Danny for organising and running a very successful Sectional and making sure the WOD's were challenging enough to allow the top 20 athletes to represent QLD in Sydney in May. Matt has put a lot of hard work into the event and he can be very pleased with the result. Big thanks also to the volunteers who ensured movement standards were top notch and reps redone if not adaquate. To the competitors who battled hard for two days, you guys are amazing.

To my guys from Crossfit Gold Coast, to get 8 athletes going to Sydney to represent QLD is awesome and to the guys who competed and didn't make it I am just as proud. For 4 of my guys this was there first competition and they did amazingly well.

Looking forward to getting to Sydney and mixing it with the best Australia has to offer.

3. Graeme wrote...

Well done Matt & crew; another successful CF event in Oz all adds to the growth of the sport.
I'll look forward to catching up with you guys in Sydney & a few drinks on Sunday night maybe?

4. Jo Maas - CrossFit Toowoomba wrote...

I think I'll be on a high for a long time after this event. Kudos to Wendy, Matt, Danny and Donna - you guys are awesome and literally raise the bar each and every time. Pardon the pun :-)

Thankyou most sincerely to the volunteers for your time and your words of encouragement through each and every minute and each and every rep. It is very much appreciated and even though it's hard to acknowledge at the time when you're concentrating - I heard your words and would like to say thankyou.

And thankyou to my fellow competitors. I feel priveleged to have met you and to compete alongside you all.

Jo Maas
CrossFit Toowoomba

5. Fi_CrossFit North Queensland wrote...

Thanks so much to the Red and Blue shirts with out you this wonderful event would not have run so well.

Everyone hit the WODs hard and the spirit was amazing, people who walked in on day one planning to scale one or more of the wods ended up knocking them out rxd. That is not to say the WODs where easy, far from it, but that the energy and support from spectators and other compeditors alike made you feel like you could do anything.

We are now looking forward to the Regionals, as well as the affiliate cup.

Thanks once again everyone for a wonderful weekend.

CrossFit North Queensland

6. Bill S wrote...

Congratulations to all competitors for a wonderful weekend of great sportsmanship and camaraderie as well as witnessing and competing with some of Australasia's very best Crossfitters!! To Matt, Wendy, Danny and all the wonderful support crew @ CFB, the inaugural Qld Sectionals has been a huge success and I was honoured to be a part of it!!

Well done to the top 20 male and female athletes who will do Queensland proud at the Regionals and I look forward to heading down to Sydney and supporting you all. Thanks also to the support of our families and friends for cheering us all on and getting us through the WODS!! :)

Finally, congrats to Drummond and Alison on the arrival of their beauitful daughter!!

7. Karen Coello wrote...

Well done guys and girls over yonder!! I've only had time to skim the latest posts but I'll be back to check it out better after some sleep!

Over here in Perth we are down to single digits in our countdown to the WA, SA, NT Sectionals on this weekend in Perth at CrossFit Perth, Joondalup. The space we have is huge and our volunteers have already been busy bees to get the warehouse setup for Saturday.

Jas has posted the first two WODs so trot on over to www.crossfitperth.com.au to check 'em out. Woot!

Bring it on!!

8. penny wrote...

Hey Jo, I totally agree with your comments regarding the judges support and encouragement. Well said! Also have to say, that you and everyone I met over the weekend where so awesome! What a community we have!

Happy days Penny


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