The CrossFit Game Regionals that was held in Cape Town, last weekend indicated how far the sport has grown since inception in South Africa.
The event panned out to a tightly meshed conundrum of guts, bravery and camaraderie. The weekend long event at Camps Bay High School had scores of competitors pit themselves through a series of painful and gruelling exercises.
In the woman’s division many competitors dropped off as they could not complete the demanding workouts. Rika Diedericks put on an amazing show of heart and determination. The support from the crowd was evident as she powered through the courses to emerge overall winner.
Fairly new CrossFit athlete and Crossfit East London owner, Dave Levey put on an impressive performance to win the men’s division. “Competition was tough. I am honoured to represent Africa. I am self coached and my training follows CrossFit methodology which entails constantly varied high intensity functional movement over broad time and modal domain,” he said. Amazingly he only started training in CrossFit since November last year. Levey is also a Brazilian jiu-jitsu gold medallist and said that grappling gave him a good base to work off for CrossFit.
Crossfit Platinum took top spot in the team division. Despite a bad start to the weekend, they snagged a lead over their rivals Cape Cross to come out on top. All winners shall compete at the international leg in California in July.
1 Rika Diedericks
2 Wilna Appel
3 Estevan Strauss
1 David Levey
2 Danie du Preez
3 Christian Oman
1 CrossFit Platinum
2 Team Cape Cross