Olsen’s effort in mash-up will leave its mark for days
A RED-FACED Tom Olsen celebrated his Australia Day feeling a "little bit tender", but it was well worth it for the CrossFit Rockhampton competitor.
Olsen, an Emu Park Surf Life Saving Club surf boat rower, teamed up with fellow CrossFit Rockhampton competitor Courtney Snead for the first ever CrossFit Rockhampton Aus Day Mash-up on Saturday.
Held at The Cathedral College in Rockhampton, and hosted by Rockhampton CrossFit, the Aus Day Mash-up featured three divisions - beginner, intermediate and advanced.
Athletes nominated in pairs of one male and one female and were matched with another pair to form a team of four.
Despite a less-than-ideal preparation for the event, which involved partying at the Big Day Out music festival last weekend, Olsen and Snead partnered CrossFit Trex Mackay's Nicole and Darren to win the intermediate class at the competition.
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The quartet finished ahead of CrossFit Rockhampton's Clay Scott and Rachel Ovenden, who partnered Brenton and Elise from CrossFit 4701.
Olsen's win was a shot in the arm after he missed out on a podium finish at the Movember CrossFit Challenge at CQUniversity in November.
"It was a pleasant surprise," he said.
"We did the Movember challenge and we just missed out so it was nice to have a win for a change.
"The competition was good. There was a lot more competition in the advanced division this time around, so it was a good opportunity to watch them. Those guys are incredible."
Windy conditions yesterday prevented Olsen from hitting the surf for an early morning paddle, but the 29-year-old said he didn't mind.
"You're not feeling the best while you're doing it, but after it I feel great," said Olsen, who started CrossFit and lost 10kg in his first four weeks training.
"I pulled up a little tender, I'm definitely sunburnt. In saying that it was a real good day out."
CrossFit Rockhampton's Kristy Sedderson and Jesse Thompson along with CrossFit Trex's Shannon and Damien, took out the advanced division.
In a clean sweep for CrossFit Rockhampton, club members Sally and Adrian combined with Steve and Renee from CrossFit 4701 to win the beginner division.
Thanks to the generosity of the sponsors of the day, Max's and Webber's Retravision, the winning team members picked up a 1kg bucket of Max's WPI, while second place received 500g of L-Glutamine.
Third place took home a shaker and Max's Protein pancakes.
Webber Retravision donated a camera for a raffle which raised $276 for the Emu Park Surf Life Saving Club.