Tia opens classes after earning title of 18th fittest woman
TIA Toomey is officially the 18th fittest woman in Australia, earning the ranking in the biggest CrossFit competition in the country.
The Gladstone athlete recently travelled to Wollongong for the Australia Regional CrossFit Games, which lead into the World Games.
It was only her second CrossFit competition and Toomey already has her sights set on being better at the games next year.
"I had only been to one other, in August last year, and won that one," she said.
"I will aim to get the top 10. It is the same time next year."
Toomey has already started thinking about how to train better for the event, having been unsure what to expect from this year's games.
The only Gladstone athlete at the games, Toomey said she fell short of where she felt her ability was at.
"(I had) no expectations really because I didn't know who I was against but I knew it was against elite people," she said.
"I think I am disappointed because throughout the competition I did not do as well as I thought I could."
The next step is to chase the front-runners of the competition, and being consistently highly placed in the different challenges is the key to success.
For Toomey, this means a longer, more focused preparation with even more hard work before the games, which she did not have this time around.
"I have the experience, so preparation would be better," she said.
"I would train a little harder and different, but I know what to do."
For now, Toomey will focus on her weightlifting and introducing a class to the CrossFit Gladstone gym, to give her a break from serious CrossFit training.
The classes will begin on June 23, with CrossFit Gladstone hosting an open day on June 21-22 to launch the new classes, which are running three times a week.
"I have asked my coach Miles Wydall and his wife to open and promote it, and a couple of good weightlifting friends are coming," Toomey said.