Being one of the final exciting CrossFit competitions of the year, the 2022 Down Under Championship drew a large crowd of spectators. The competition took place on the sunny weekend of November 18-20, 2022, in Wollongong, Australia. So, many athletes were thrilled to compete. As for the individuals, both Jay Crouch and Madeline Stuart managed to win their respective men and women’s divisions with incredible performances throughout the entire competition.
The contest also consisted of multiple divisions, and the majority of fans were also focused on the Elite Men’s Teams division, as it featured some of the CrossFit Games competitors. In the end, the Men at Work team consisting of Noah Ohlsen, Saxon Panchik, and Chandler Smith won. As for the Women’s Teams division, it was won by LSK Gold, which consisted of Briony Challis, Christee Hollard, and Emily Derooy.
2022 Down Under Championship Results (Top 5)
Elite Individual Women:
- Madeline Sturt (584 points)
- Gemma Hauck (559 points)
- Christina Livaditakis (552 points)
- Grace Walton (535 points)
- Georgia Pryer (532 points)
Elite Individual Men:
- Jay Crouch (648 points)
- Jake Douglas (604 points)
- Peter Ellis (579 points)
- Zeke Grove (548 points)
- Evan Morris (510 points)
Elite Teams Women:
- LSKD Gold (680 points) — Briony Challis, Christee Hollard, Emily Derooy
- Team LNMD (596 points) — Abby Ashton, Laken Watt, Amy Alessi
- Awaside (584 points) — Holly Hiney, Alexandra Bulic, Laura Clifton
- Starr Strength Gals (577 points) — Samantha Jones, Lauren Lovick, Jade Williams
- Torian Pink (559 points) — Shania Vicki, Kristine Bell, Lisa Campbell
Elite Teams Men:
- Men at Work (670 points) — Noah Ohlsen, Chandler Smith, Saxon Panchik
- Downunder Dogs (665 points) — Khan Porter, Matt Dlugos, Ricky Garard
- Underway Full Senders (577 points) — Jack Clark, Lucas O’Brien, Benjamin Newland
- Superstarr’s (554 points) — Stephen Norman, Liam Ford, Russell McCloy
- Batman, Robin and JJ (544 points) — Bradley Spreadborough, Jake Standen, Darcy Hancock
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Event One — Randy
Individuals had six minutes to perform 75 snatches in the fastest way possible. Men lifted 35 kilograms, while women did 25 kilograms.
Katelin Van Zyl had the greatest start to this competition in the women’s division, having completed the workout in 2 minutes and 40 seconds. Finishing 12 seconds behind her was Madeline Sturt, while Lauren Fisher got third another four seconds later.
Jay Crouch and Jake Douglas had a proper race in event one, but Crouch managed to finish just three seconds earlier. Peter Ellis was the third guy to finish.
The second and final workout of day two was the Nasty Girls V3, where the individuals had to perform three rounds for time with a 14-minute cap of 50 single-leg squats, 10 ring muscle-ups and 10 hang cleans (176lb/80kg, 115.5lb/52.5kg).
Madeline Sturt continued her pursuit of the title, having followed up her second-place finish from the previous event, with a victory in this one. Christina Livaditakis and Georgia Pryer followed in second and third respectively.
Peter Ellis was the standout athlete in the men’s division, while Jay Crouch dropped to second place. Only three seconds separated these two men, while Zeke Grove came in third 11 seconds after Crouch.
Event Three — John Cleary Shuffle
Athletes had 10 minutes to complete 11 sandbag cleans, followed by a sandbag carry, then 9 sandbag cleans followed by another sandbag carry, and finished up with 7 sandbag cleans and a sandbag bear hug carry. Men had 60-kilogram sandbags, while women’s weighed 45 kilograms.
Grace Walton apparently had the best sleep after day one, having topped the results sheet of event three. Gemma Hauck was the second woman to cross the line, while Daisy McDonald got third.
Jake Douglas started off day two as the best men’s athlete having completed the sequence in 3:31.00. Jay Crouch also continued putting up incredible performances and got another second-place finish. Andrew Sambell wrapped up the top 3.
Event Four — Regionals 17.1
For time, time cap 20/23 minutes:
- Run 1200m
12 rounds of:
- 4 Strict Handstand Push-ups
- 8 Chest-to-Bar Pull-ups
- 12 Squats
Athletes also used weighted vests — Men: 20-pound / Women: 14-pound
Marine Sykes was the first one to finish amongst the women, having crossed the line after 15 minutes and 19 seconds. Georgia Pryer missed out on the victory by just two seconds, but still earned a valuable second place and 95 points. Katelin Van Zyl appeared in the top three once again, but this time in third.
The incredible Jay Crouch continued with his world-class performances and grabbed his second event win of the 2022 Down Under Championship. Peter Ellis, who would ultimately win bronze overall, showed that he did not come to play, having finished in second place. Harrison Rowley found his element and got third in this event.
Event Five — Regionals 12.5
The final event of day two consisted of a Snatch Ladder with Double Unders. Women’s ladder started at 50 kilograms and ended at 90 kilograms. Men’s ladder started at 80 kilograms and ended at 135 kilograms.
Christina Livaditakis won the last event of the day and was followed by Grace Walton and Julia Hannaford who shared a second-place finish.
Isaac Newman rose to the occasion on event five and won the event. Both him and Jake Douglas lifted the 130-kilogram snatch, but Isaac came out victorious having done more double unders. Clint Kohl finished in third having snatched 127.5 kilograms.
Event Six — Regionals 16.6
For time, 16 minute time cap:
- 1000m C2 Bike
- 30m Handstand Walk
- 10 Overhead Squats (220lb/100kg, 154lb/70kg)
- 500m Row
- 50 Burpee Box Jump Overs
- 5 Overhead Squats
Getting her second consecutive event victory, Christina Livaditakis made a massive push toward an overall podium finish at the start of the final day. Finishing with a 30-second lead over second-place finisher, Daisy McDonald, Christina added 100 points to her score. Lauren Fisher of the USA got third.
Jay Crouch wasted no time on day three and decided to cement his overall victory with a first-place finish in event six. He finished with a time of 9:17.00, which was more than enough to beat the second-place Peter Ellis. Zeke Grove finished an additional 45 seconds after Ellis and got third.
Event Seven — Regionals 16.7
For time, 6 minute time cap:
- 21 Thrusters (100lb/45kg, 77lb/30kg)
- 3 Legless Rope Climbs
- 15 Thrusters
- 2 Legless Rope Climbs
- 9 Thrusters
- 1 Legless Rope Climb
Not leaving anything to chance, Madeline Sturt won the final event with an incredible time of 03:27.00. She won the entire competition with this event, making it time for the celebration to begin. Gemma Hauck finished third in this event and these 90 points secured her a silver medal overall.
A motivated Peter Ellis who was hungry for a podium finish overall managed to win this event after a very tight race between multiple athletes. He finished only 5 seconds ahead of Zeke Grove, who also finished just 4 seconds ahead of Jay Crouch.
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While the 2022 Down Under Championship was also supposed to feature Tia-Clair Toomey competing in the Teams division, she did not end up taking part. Tia-Clair instead enjoyed the show from the stands, as did many other fans.
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