Derek Smith performing Kettle Bell Swings at the Masters League Competition at Crossfit Gladstone.
Derek Smith performing Kettle Bell Swings at the Masters League Competition at Crossfit Gladstone. Erin Mellor EGM Photography

Region's Masters of Crossfit compete in Throw Down

THE Masters League Central Queensland Throw Down on Saturday had the best crossfit athletes over 35 competing at Crossfit Gladstone.

Competitor and organiser Derek Smith said the competition gave the 38 athletes a chance to perform and "put themselves up there" against other people their own age.

"Most of the time we are competing against people a lot younger, fitter and stronger but get whacked into the same division," he said.

"This comp put us on a level playing field but with the same weight, intensity and duration scale as normal crossfit events."

This was the first masters event in Queensland and Smith brought it to Gladstone with the help of Joe Riego after he competed in a masters event in Deception Bay earlier this year.

He was paired with Bec Swanton in the mixed pairs event.

"I was happy with the way Bec and myself went on the day," he said.

"We gave it our best that's for sure and were just pipped at the post."

Swanton said she entered in the event thinking it would be a bit of fun.

"The intensity was really up and it was a close contest," she said.

"Competition always brings out the best in everyone. You're competing with your partner and pushing yourself that much harder because of the competitive environment. It's wasn't just a bit of fun because it is never easy."

The pair ended up finishing second losing out at the end by just a point.



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