Jake Douglas & Emily de Rooy Headline Individual Field at the 2023 Down Under Championship

The 2023 Down Under Championship kicks off this Friday at Win Stadium in Wollongong, NSW. The three-day competition is the biggest off-season competition in Australia and will feature elite individuals and teams, adaptive athletes, teens and masters and intermediate teams. 

The elite individuals are stacked with athletes who competed at Semifinals last year and are headlined by CrossFit Games rookies Jake Douglas and Emily de Rooy. The elite teams also have several big name teams with 2023 individual Games athletes including Ricky Garard, Noah Ohlsen, Chandler Smith, Jay Crouch and Bayley Martin.

 

In total, 22 men and 20 women are slated to compete in the elite individual divisions this weekend. Jake Douglas and Emily de Rooy are the only two 2023 individual Games athletes in the field, but seven men and 10 women competed in individual Semifinal competitions last year. In addition, Marnie Sykes and late addition Taylor Williamson both were on teams at the 2023 CrossFit Games.

With quite a few up and coming athletes, the Down Under Championship should provide some great insight into who might make some noise in the 2024 CrossFit Games season.

Here’s a look at the elite men’s and women’s field along with some notable teams competing this weekend.

MEN

  • Jake Douglas (2023 CFG: 38th)
  • Peter Ellis (2023 SF: 5th at Torian Pro)
  • Zac Thomas (2023 SF: 7th at Torian Pro)
  • Isaac Newman (2023 SF: 8th at Torian Pro)
  • Zane Shellabear-Healey (2023 SF: 14th at Torian Pro)
  • Andrew Sambell (2023 SF: 19th at Torian Pro)
  • George Rhigas (2023 SF: 24th at Torian Pro)
  • Luke Fowler (2023 SF: 26th at Torian Pro)
  • Jonathan Dunlop (2023 SF: 4th/team at Torian Pro)
  • Thor Hajnal (2022 SF: 25th at Torian Pro)
  • Luke De Jonge (2021 SF: 7th at Torian Pro)
  • Jadyn Whakatope-Stewart (2023 QF: 397th worldwide)
  • Nathan Corden (2023 QF: 442nd worldwide)
  • Adam Mansy (2023 QF: 450th worldwide)
  • Ethan Van Der Velden (2023 QF: 467th worldwide)
  • Alec Leitch (2023 QF: 471st worldwide)
  • Dante Karangaroa (2023 QF: 482nd worldwide)
  • Toby Crouch (2023 QF: 531st worldwide)
  • Zach Poulos (2023 QF: 754th worldwide)
  • Johann Van Zyl (QF: 1,614th worldwide)
  • James Hargreaves (2023 QF: 2,438th worldwide)
  • Mathew Smith

WOMEN

  • Emily De Rooy (2023 CFG: 40th)
  • Christina Livaditakis (2023 SF: 4th at Africa)
  • Madeline Sturt (2023 SF: 5th at Torian Pro)
  • Grace Walton (2023 SF: 6th at Torian Pro)
  • Georgia Pryer (2023 SF: 7th at Torian Pro)
  • Julia Hannaford (2023 SF: 8th at Torian Pro)
  • Anikha Greer (2023 SF: 12th at North America East)
  • Daisy McDonald (2023 SF: 18th at Torian Pro)
  • Aimee Cringle (2023 SF: 20th at Europe)
  • Alys Scott (2023 SF: 25th at Torian Pro)
  • Jordan Malm (2023 SF: 58th at North America East)
  • Taylor Williamson (2023 CFG: 2nd/team)
  • Lisa Burrill (2023 SF: 4th/team at Torian Pro)
  • Brodie Preston (2023 SF: 8th/team at Torian Pro)
  • Marnie Sykes (2023 QF: 102nd worldwide)
  • Emily Clements (2023 QF: 388th worldwide)
  • Michelle Hayes (2023 QF: 528th worldwide)
  • Jess Green (2023 QF: 535th worldwide)
  • Ella Price (2023 QF: 767th worldwide)
  • Jaime Goodwin (2023 QF: 1,028th worldwide)

NOTABLE TEAMS

  • A Coupla Dawgs
    • Ricky Garard, Johan Roberts, Joel Molinia
  • Ombre Hombres
    • Noah Ohlsen, Chandler Smith, Tola Morakinyo
  • Team Frog Grips
    • Jay Crouch, Bayley Martin, Royce Dunne

 

  • California Gurls
    • Dani Speegle, Emily Rethwill, Jessi Smith
  • Nexletica Gold
    • Briony Challis, Christee Hollard, Amy Alessi
  • The Fit Mummas Club
    • Alethea Boon, Justine Beath, Jaylee Mansy

LEADERBOARD

The live leaderboard is hosted on Competition Corner and can be found here.

WORKOUTS

Friday

Event 1: Adapt
15 Bar Muscle-ups
20 Chest-to-Bar Pull-ups
1km Beach Run
25 Deadball Cleans
1km Beach Run
20 Chest-to-Bar Pull-ups
15 Bar Muscle-ups

Event 2: On Ya Bike
27 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24″/20″)
–then–
21-15-9-7-5 of:
C2 Bike Calories
Deadlifts (100/70kg)

Saturday

Event 3: Full Send
5-minute AMRAP
40/30 Calorie SkiErg
6 Rope Climbs
Max OHS in remaining time (100/70kg)

Event 4: Hard Yakka
20m Handstand Walk
20m Slalom Handstand Walk
10 Single-Arm KB Snatches on each side (32/24kg)
120m Dual KB Farmers Carry
10 Single-Arm KB Snatches on each side (32/24kg)
120m Dual KB Farmers Carry
10 Single-Arm KB Snatches on each side (32/24kg)
20m Handstand Walk
20m Slalom Handstand Walk

Event 5: Crikey
For load:
0:00 – 2:00
10/8 Ring Muscle-ups
3 Squat Cleans (for load)

2:00 – 3:00
Rest

3:00 – 5:00
10/8 Ring Muscle-ups
2 Squat Cleans (for load)

5:00 – 6:00
Rest

6:00 – 9:00
10/8 Ring Muscle-ups
1 Squat Clean (for load)

*Score is athlete’s best 3-rep Squat Clean + best 2-rep Squat Clean + best 1-rep Squat Clean.

Sunday

Event 6: Catch Ya Later
2 rounds of:
10 Strict Wall-facing Handstand Push-ups
18 Dual KB Squats (32/24kg)
10 Strict Wall-facing Handstand Push-ups
15 Barbell Back Squats (85/60kg)
10 Strict Wall-facing Handstand Push-ups
12 Deadball Squats (70/50kg)

Event 7&8: Grace and Double Grace
60 Clean & Jerks*

*The first 30 reps will be for time and will be scored separately to the 60 reps for time. Both parts are worth 50 points each.

LIVESTREAM?

Last year’s Down Under Championship was livestreamed and we expect this year’s to be as well. However, we don’t have the details just yet. We will update once we have confirmation along with links to the live stream.

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