Perth Athletes taking on the World

Perth Athletes taking on the World | Perth Fitfam
It was a massive weekend for Perth athletes across many sports including Crossfit, Powerlifting, Strongman, Olympic Weightlifting and Rock Climbing, most travelling around the globe to compete against some of the best in the World.

It was a massive weekend for Perth athletes across many sports including Crossfit, Powerlifting, Strongman, Olympic Weightlifting and Rock Climbing, most travelling around the globe to compete against some of the best in the World.

Here’s our athletes who represented Perth over the weekend:

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Asia Crossfit Championship (China)

Kosta Ilic

You may have heard him on our recent podcast with Kosta Ilic Podcast with Kosta Ilic from Crossfit Dignus in Malaga. Kosta went all out in his best international arena performance to date finishing in 9th place at the Asia Crossfit Championship.

He spent most of the weekend looking strong and sitting as high as 5th place leading into the final day. This outing will provide a massive confidence boost to Kosta and would have been great to see him use the momentum to compete in May at the Down Under Crossfit Championship in Wollongong in May. Although he declined his invitation to compete, if I was his manager, I’d be advising him to go… wink… wink. 

Kimee Thomas

Coming from out of Inner City Crossfit, this was Kim Thomas’ first major international event as an individual outside of the Torian Pro held in Brisbane last year. Kim should be proud with a 15th place finish and will provide her with some valuable experience coming into the Down Under Crossfit Championship in a few weeks.

Conor McGrath

Another athlete coming out a Crossfit Dignus although representing Ireland, this was Conor’s first competition after a long layoff. Whilst positioned in the earlier heats and finishing in 43rd for the Men’s, qualifying and gaining the experience of competing on a Crossfit Sanctional event floor will give Conor the motivation to get out there again.

Kern US Pro Powerlifting (United States)

Michelle Hewlett

After smashing the Australian deadlift record (As in video 185kg at 56kg) earlier in the year, Michelle made the trip over to the United States to compete at the Kern US Pro amongst some of World’s strongest and most well-known female lifters. Michelle achieved a PB squat of 160kg but was unable to equal her deadlift at this meet. Although, competing against and on the same platform as Stefi Cohen… what an achievement.

Arafura Games Olympic Weightlifting (Darwin)

Joel Gregson

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This is what it’s all about ????????????????️‍♀️ I came into @arafuragames19 feeling confident and in the best shape of my life. I had sacrificed more for this competition then ever and it was the most nervous I’ve ever felt. Things definitely didn’t go to plan in the snatch when I missed my 2nd and 3rd attempts leaving me 5th overall going into the clean and jerk. To make things worse I then missed my opening clean and jerk at 163. My back was definitely up against the ropes. To give myself more rest I went to 165 for my second attempt which I managed to hit fairly comfortably. I then had a decision to make. Either play it safe and go 169 for my last attempt or go for a silver medal and Australian record at 172. I forced myself to put my doubt aside and believe that I was strong enough to hit my last attempt. Going up to the bar my head was clear and I gave it everything I had, and thankfully it paid off! I experienced a great lesson today that no matter how bad it looks you should always believe in yourself because things can turn around when you least expect it. Huge thanks to @shirespeedandstrength @cody_alexander_wilks @jasonager_ for helping me in the back room, and @antstrengthcoach for coaching me in the lead up. Now time to celebrate for a bit before I knuckle down to train for the Pacific Games in Samoa in July! #weightlifting

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Coming off the back off his win earlier in the year here in WA, things didn’t start off well for Joel at the Arafura Games. After missing his 2nd and 3rd snatch attempts, Joel entered the Clean and Jerk sitting in 5th place. With one lift to go, Joel had the option to play it safe at 169kg, or put it all on the line and go for silver with a 172kg PB. With his back to the wall and putting it all on the line, Joel’s decision paid off hitting 172kg, earning himself a silver medal and an Australian record along the way. 

Cody Wilks

Another big rig out of the Rev Barbell Club, Cody hit some impressive numbers including a 145kg snatch and 155kg Clean and Jerk to finish in 5th position amongst a highly competitive 102kg Mens division. We look forward to seeing the next showdown at a local competition between Cody and Joel.

WA Strongman 1st Qualifier and Novice Comp 2019

Ngarimu Ahipene

You may have seen our video floating around as we were privileged enough to catch Nga in action over the weekend. With hype building up and word spreading about Nga’s World Record attempt… he certainly didn’t disappoint. Check out the video to see his 166kg Axel Clean and Press World Record in action. The sport of Strongman is only getting stronger and stronger (pardon the pun), so keep your eyes open for plenty of new Perth athletes moving up the ranks in this space.

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