EL CrossFit athletes compete at international level


PRO ATHLETES: Duane Hurn with two CrossFit trainers at the CrossFit East London gym in Beacon Bay. Picture: LUTHANDO MKWELO

The NoBull CrossFit Games are currently underway, with thousands of athletes from across the world competing for the top spot.

Duane Hurn and Jason Dicks are two athletes from East London who competed in their respective divisions. Hurn made it to the quarterfinals in 1,396th position worldwide, while Dicks made it to the semifinals, placing in 27th position.

Dicks expressed his excitement at taking part in the semifinals of the competition.

“I feel very proud and excited to be competing at the CrossFit Games semifinals event. I am proud of my performance to have qualified and I’m very excited to show the hard work I’ve been putting in.  I’m feeling great about my performance going into the event. My training has been going great and my body is feeling strong. I’m ready to compete against the top athletes in Africa,” said Dicks.

The competition began on February 16 with the Open round, followed by the quarterfinals on March 16. The semifinals will take place on April 28, followed by the Final Games on August 1.

Duane Hurn, who has been competing in the CrossFit Games since 2018, has shared his sentiments on why the games are important for beginner athletes.

“Something that has made these CrossFit Games so appealing to the public is that it was open to seasoned competitors as well as new CrossFit members.

“These CrossFit games are all-inclusive. It doesn’t matter what age you are, what level of fitness you’re at, or what body shape or size you are, the workouts can be done by anyone. And some of the cool things about the leaderboard are that you get to see your name up there with the professionals, which is very motivating. I think these games are also good because they are community driven. It will become less intimidating when more average people take part, and not just the top athletes.

Hurn is also a partner at CrossFit East London, based in Bonza Bay where the public is welcome to join in any of their exciting daily CrossFit classes.

CrossFit East London in Bonza Bay, East London. Picture: LUTHANDO MKWELO

The top athletes and teams from the quarterfinals will advance to the semifinals, the final qualifying stage for athletes hoping to compete in the Final CrossFit Games in August.


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