Jason Haywood was holding onto second position most of the weekend.

Australia Regional

Event Recap: Australian Regional

Done and dusted.

The following note comes from Mick Shaw of CrossFit FX on the Australian Regional.

We were inspired and amazed by the athletes who competed at Australian Regional this past weekend.

Event 4 which was the final workout for the men was brutal and crushed many guy's hopes of qualifying. The three rounds of 6 Muscle-ups, 12 Snatches (40kg) and 18 Toes-to-Bars proved challenging with the accumulation of fatigue from the previous workouts brought many men nearly to tears. With this in mind many guys and girls were able to achieve their first muscle-up with the encouragement from the roaring crowd.

The audience was invited to participate in rowing competitions, and a 1RM Deadlift which had many guys and girls excited after seeing many personal records set. Ben Anglis from CF Mornington Peninsula was able to achieve a 255kg deadlift which was amazing and had the crowd holding their breath as he performed this spectacular lift.

The affiliate team events were definitely a crowd pleasure and the teams coordinated themselves in a manner that reflected military precision. These workouts were no easier than the individual workouts.

Event five was suited to the stronger athletes but even they found the combination of 6 Deadlifts (120/70kg) and 6 Clean & Jerk (60/30kg) difficult to maintain consistent work capacity.

Bjorn Albercht-Walker was a dark horse athlete who came from nowhere to take the third position and after many of the top athletes failed to complete the fourth event proving that it was a matter of attrition to stay in the game. These veteran athletes claimed the right to compete in the Crossfit Games yet again.

Qualifying Men
1. Chris Hogan
2. Chad Mackay
3. Bjorn Albercht

Qualifying Women
1. Rebecca Eastwell
2. Megan Smith
3. Lauren Roberts

I would like to thank all the sponsors to assist in making these games so successful and to the further growth of CrossFit in the Australian Region.

Finally a big thank you to the volunteers that gave their time to support to assist in the games it helped to have such a strong pool of volunteers.


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12 comments on this entry

1. Rupert Lancashire wrote...

Hell yeah Boz, in Barcelona just got to a computer awesome work Boz and Amy catch you guys soon

2. Lee Klein wrote...

What a great weekend and what killer WOD's. Congratulations to all who have worked hard for their spot over to the states. I will be over there cheering you all on. Well done also to all our athletes from CF Sunshine Coast who competed over the weekend.

3. Matty Kaplan wrote...

It is a privilage & a pleasure to train with bjorn on an almost daily basis! He gives many of us something to aspire and is the ultimate technician - never losing his form no matter how intense the session becomes. for those of us at Crossfit Melbourne he was certainly no dark horse!

as for chris hogan - the Crossfit virtuoso - his perfomance on the weekend will go down as one of the greatest sporting achievements I have ever witnessed. His poise, determination & unrivalled ability was truly spectacular to see first hand. He is also an inspiring trainer who constantly strives to get the best out of all us crossfitters at Schwartz's Crossfit Melbourne!

well done to all competitors - you made it a truly amazing event!

4. Tony Wrightson wrote...

To all event organisers, sponsors and judges.....thankyou for your effort and contribution to what was a fantastic weekend.

To all competitors, congratulations on your efforts. I witnessed some incredible performances from athletes of all levels, and enjoyed the great spirit brought to the arena by everyone.

Best of luck to all athletes who qualified for the US in July. I have no doubt you will do us proud.

Well done Mick, Steve and the CFX support crew for putting together such a well run event. So much work must have gone into perparations and you continue to raise the bar for CrossFit in Australia.

I look forward to doing it all over again next year.

5. CrossFit Auckland wrote...

Thanks again to Mick, Steve and the CFX crew for the amazing event. You are an asset to CrossFit in Australasia. Thank you.

Thanks also to all the other athletes, both individuals and affiliate teams, for the honour of competing with you all. You are CrossFit.

6. David Carran wrote...

Well done to all athletes who competed. The compettion and workouts sounded fierce.

GO LOZ from CFNZ. Awesome effort qualifying. Off to Cali to kick some!!!

7. Matt Swift wrote...

A HUGE thankyou to Mick, Steve, the CFX crew, and the many, many volunteers that helped run the BIGGEST CrossFit event that this region has seen. It is an incredibly difficult and thank-less task to host an event like the Australasian Regionals. Last weekend saw a fantastic display of the CrossFit community at it's best. Great athletes, great wods and an amazing atmosphere. It was a privilege to be a part of the event.

8. Rookie wrote...

Big thanks to Mick, Steve and the entire CFX crew for what was one of the best weekends for Crossfit Australasia so far. The standard of fitness and ability has increased so much from last year and it was so good to be amongst it and experiencing the event.

It was great to see all my CF friends again from all over the country and meet heaps of new ones. This community is the greatest thing about Crossfit and the people are amazing.

Congrats to all the athletes and teams who qualified - you will do all of us proud. Chris - you showed again how great an athlete you are. Top notch buddy.

To all my crew who made the trip down - thankyou. Your support not only for our athletes but for everyone else we cheered for was amazing.

We will be 50 strong next year so look out Sydney !!!!!


9. CrossFit Perth wrote...

The atmosphere was amazing and we all appreciated the amount of planning and work that went into our Regional qualifiers. On behalf of CrossFit Perth I would like to thank Mick, Steve and the crew from CFX, judges and officials from other affiliates.

See you all next year!

10. Darren wrote...

After last years Regionals, Taz and I told our small but growing community how much we wanted to take a group over to the 2010's so they could experience the amazing atmosphere for themselves. This weekend it became a reality, with 10 individuals, a team of 6, and friends and family plus competitors from other NZ affiliates, making the trek from NZ to Sydney.

Can't wait for next year already. Thanks to Mick, Steve and co for an event that I think was on par with Aromas 2009.

11. Jason CFBM Haywood wrote...

Pretty sure I look like im in a world of hurt in that pic! haha
Thank u everone for you amazing support over the weekend.
Thanks Mick, Steve, The CFX crew and everybody else involved with the organisation of the event. Looking forward to next year and hopefully having a better end to the chase of the dream!.
Cheers guys.


12. rosemary campbell wrote...

What a great weekend of Australian CrossFit at its best. So good to see such skilled athletes perform at such a well run (yet totally relaxed) event. Congratulations to those who made it thru to the games in the USA, especially Bjorn who holds a special place at CrossFit St Kilda. Thank you to the organisers CFX and Mick Shaw who guided us volunteers with great patience and a tremendous generous spirit. And Sydney, which did turn on the most perfect weather- much appreciated by us Melbournians.


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