Monthly OpEd: Why CrossFit Masters Athletes Deserve a Spot at the Regionals –

Monthly OpEd: Why CrossFit Masters Athletes Deserve a Spot at the Regionals –

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By Jane Holgate

It was only three years ago that CrossFit introduced a masters category to its annual competition, the CrossFit Games. It was open to men and women aged fifty or over and competitors had to attend their regional event and complete a number of specified workouts. Their scores would then be compared with other masters around the world with the top twenty men and women qualifying for the finals in California. The events for the forty successful finalists at the games were slotted in between heats of the main event.

I entered the Europe Regional competition that year, despite having a number of gaps in my skills, simply because I had the fear that if people didn’t enter CrossFit wouldn’t hold the masters category again. The Europe Regional was held in Sweden and I arrived at the event to discover I was the only female competitor.There were only two men competing for Europe, as well. In fact there were only about forty women in the world competing for the twenty places up for grabs in the finals.

Fast forward to 2013 and nearly 15,000 athletes aged forty or over completed the five CrossFit Games Open workouts. Over 50% of these represented the newly introduced 40-44 age group, which means that nearly 8,000 athletes were competing for the forty final places. In Europe alone there were 750 masters competitors who completed the Open, with the number of athletes aged 50+ increasing from three to 100 in three years.

With this massive increase in popularity it seems a shame to me that there is no masters event at the regional level in the current competition structure…

Click the link below to continue reading. Also, as someone also in the 40-44 masters division, I too was disappointed that attempting to qualify for regionals (as a master) wasn’t viable goal…


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