The 2010 CrossFit Games
The ultimate proving grounds of the world’s fittest athletes.
July 16-18, 2010 • Carson, CA
The Home Depot Center Sports Complex
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United States Qualifiers
Athlete Profile: Megan Smith - Australia Regional
Committed mother of five fighting for a spot at the Games.
Megan Smith is a committed mother of five, plus a wife and a nurse. Juggling a career, kids and responsibilities at home doesn’t keep her from hitting workouts hard and competing for a chance to represent Australia at the 2010 CrossFit Games.
Name: Megan Smith
Affiliate: CrossFit Base
Cindy: 18 Rounds
Filthy Fifty: 21:20
Fight Gone Bad: 316
Clean & Jerk: 126lbs
Back Squat: 180lbs
What is your athletic background?
Growing up I participated in numerous sports, cross country, road running and Field events, played softball, gymnastics and also danced for 13 years. But swimming was the sport that I ended up specializing in, gaining a scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport in Swimming. I competed at National and International levels and was World ranked in a number of events.
After being a competitive swimmer, and then a coach, I became a heavy smoking skydiver who spent weekends at the dropzone jumping and partying... LOVED the life but then had an urge to quit smoking (I smoked for 17 years) and become fit, and so began my path to CrossFit.
What is your history with CrossFit?
I started CrossFitting Jan 2009. I used to attend the local gym and loved participating in bootcamp style sessions but was getting bored with them. I started searching the web to see what else there was out there and came across CrossGit and have never looked back. I would love it if this was my full time job but unfortunately it does not put food on the table, so I am an athlete.
What is unique and/or interesting about you as an individual or athlete?
As mentioned above I was a heavy smoker for 17 years and decided to not only quit smoking but to get fit again. I am also a mother of 5 children and I am a full time shift worker (Emergency Nurse and Midwife). My husband is in the Defense Force who spent/spends a lot of time away from home, so I needed to plan my sessions around my work and family commitments. I started by running around a lake close to home, usually at night once the kids were in bed, and in the beginning I managed about 2km and thought I was going to die but that just made me more determined. I also started kickboxing, boxing and attending the local gym and slowly things improved.
I cannot attend the normal group sessions that are available so I train either by myself or with a couple of friends who meet up with me at the local gym, it is difficult but I love what I do and I have a very supportive family.