Australasia Results are In!

April 6, 2009 7:00 AM

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The Australasian Qualifiers took place this past weekend (April 4-5, 2009). Steve Willis and Chris Hogan qualified for the men. Tamaryn Venter and Nadine Burns qualified for the women. Congratulations to them all!

Mick Shaw from CrossFit Effects writes this of the event:
It's been a great weekend and I believe that the two guys and two girls deserve to represent this region at the CrossFit Games.

We made the standards for range of movement very strict. We had judges from all over Australia, and a couple of them let certain athletes get away with bad form. I told all the athletes at the beginning that if they did not complete the workout as required, they would have to do it again. After reviewing one woman's workout, I decided to give her the option to take the 15min timeout option or redo the workout. She had 30min to decide. She chose to redo the workout, and four other women joined her.

Chris Hogan was a dark horse who came through very strong.

Australasia 09 Male Results
Australasia 09 Female Results

Here's a video slideshow of the event: YouTube

36 comments on this entry.

1. Casper wrote...

April 6, 2009 8:27 AM

Can't believe the qualifiers are already starting. This is better than christmas.

Anybody know what the third workout was?

Congrats to Steve and Chris, best of luck at the games.

2. Darren wrote...

April 6, 2009 8:45 AM

Third workout was a 1200 metre sand dune run. Part of it was steep enough to drop us to all fours. About 12 minutes worth of agony.

April 6, 2009 8:49 AM

12 minutes for 1200m! That is no joke. Very cool as it would really tax endurance without rewarding running specialists who have VERY efficient strides on pavement.

4. tucker wrote...

April 6, 2009 12:11 PM

Fantastic! I know CFX put so much into the set up of this event. I wish I could have been there. Way to go Mick Shaw - good job Australia!

See you guys soon in Cali!


5. JBT wrote...

April 6, 2009 4:13 PM

How old is Steve Willis? Fire Breather! Good work all!

6. Daz wrote...

April 6, 2009 4:56 PM

Congrats to all the competitors this weekend. Mick an his crew at CFX put on an excellent event.

Steve and Chris will be serious contenders at this years games. Buy the DVD of the qualifier when it comes out and you'll witness some freakish performances!

side note; the judge in the photo is a good looking bloke ;)

7. Darren Shaw wrote...

April 6, 2009 4:59 PM

Steve is 32 and can certainly go. Check out his time for the first WOD - it was freaking unbelievable. Thanks to all the organisers and the officials who unselfishly gave there time and energy to support the athletes. As usual meet heaps of great people and shared the pain. We had an amazing time. Still coming down off the high.

8. Rookie wrote...

April 6, 2009 5:09 PM

Daz - 2 adam's apples and now this!!!!! Marky Mark is so much better looking than you.

Awesome work by all the competitors. It was a pleausre to judge and so happy I made the trip down to witness some amazing performances.

Good luck Steve and Chris

9. Daz wrote...

April 6, 2009 7:05 PM

Geez Rookie, i cant shake ya!
Top weekend!

10. jolie wrote...

April 6, 2009 9:19 PM

Yay Steve!!! We can't wait to see you guys!

11. sevan wrote...

April 6, 2009 9:54 PM

Congrats Commando Steve -

12. Steve Willis wrote...

April 6, 2009 10:09 PM

To all,

Thanks for the kind words, a big thanks to all who helped out to make this event possible and a big thank you to all the competitors.


13. Austin wrote...

April 6, 2009 10:38 PM

Well done Bloke! Fair dinkum bottling his bloods worth. Reckon you put a cream to on that first workout. It was no piece of piss. See you soon.

14. adrian wrote...

April 6, 2009 10:45 PM

When are we going to see an "On the road to the games:Commando Steve"?

Its great to see some crossfit ideas infiltrating the mainstream media here in Australia via Steve as well.

Congratulations to all the qualifiers and competitors!

15. Richard Thomas wrote...

April 7, 2009 3:45 PM

Yeah I 2nd Adrian's motion,
"On the road to the games:Commando Steve"

16. Jye Smith wrote...

April 8, 2009 5:27 PM

For those of you who asked, that photo is from this set I took, you can find the rest here ( if you want the high res versions, just ask ;)

And yes, the music was by Sonixtrip (

Very inspirational.

17. Petr R. wrote...

April 9, 2009 3:47 AM

So the woman who had to redo the WOD payed for the judge error ?
She did 4 WOD's in 2 days and the last one after that horrible dune run ?
Did anyone really believed that the performance would be same as on the first day (when one is fresh) ?

There should be some rules for that - sometimes even with your best effort and dedication you could do rep that by judge decision is not complete range of motion. And you would do another one because of that right ? In the heat of metcon I believe it's certainly possible to relax a form for rep or two as you are just trying to finish it and be done. And we have judges for and because of that correct ?

But the punishment should be like 5 or 10+ sec for wrong repetition - if you don't correct athlete in the WOD itself and someone complain after the fact.

Not that day after you detects someone's fault you would him/her to repeat WOD - again after all this stress before (4th WOD in a row).
That is, in my opinion, not right.

18. Dees replied to comment from Petr R....

April 9, 2009 5:05 AM

from what i read, it didn't say it was one or two bad reps. it said that some judges let certain athletes get away with bad form. i would be upset if i just finished a wod and the next person goes and doesn't do the same rom as i did. i also understand that there is a human element and that one or two reps may get counted that shouldn't, but it seems like the whole work out was not done properly. in that case, i think it is ok to have the athlete redo the work out.

19. Petr R. replied to comment from Dees...

April 9, 2009 8:00 AM

Dees, sure, I agree, I haven't seen the WOD in question so I couldn't judge.
But yes, if the whole workout was wrong it was may be correct thing to do.
Still it was judge's fault as well :(

20. shane mcgrotty wrote...

April 9, 2009 6:32 PM

Petr R.

This is the Crossfit Games. It has been around for a few years now. If you are competing, you should know the standards pretty damn well.
Do not displace the blame. If the athletes had any questions, they should have spoken up.

21. Graeme M replied to comment from Petr R....

April 9, 2009 9:30 PM

heard from a competitor who was there, that her form was questionable.... so they had her do it again, and the person who i heard it from did it with her again, so the athlete in question wasn't there alone doing the WOD again by herself with everyone wtching and critiqing her form...
The ruls would have been made clear from the start so everything was clear with no confussion about the required standards.

Congrats to everyone who qualified for the CF Games, this year will be awesome.

22. Jim wrote...

April 9, 2009 10:52 PM

Chris Hogan was amazing, went about his business while all the attention was laid onto others. Best all around athelete there and to his credit didn't complain at having to do the sand dune run which members of crossift sydney had all done many times before and were quite used to.

Is Australia's best hope and I wish him and Steve all the best, both great guys and great crossfitters!

April 9, 2009 11:13 PM

Shane, all I'm saying is this - if I'm resting and peaking and taking care I'm ready for day 1 and I do WOD1 fully rested for let's say 12 minutes, after couple of hours I squeeze WOD2 for next 12 or 15 or so. Next day with aching and sore body you would do go full power to sand dune run and you are pretty much done.
AND after that you need to re-do WOD1. I don't think that anybody could expect the same 12 minutes result (good form or bad form).
Anyway - Steve you are not a human, IMHO you are some kind of Robocop... I did that clean WOD (I did full squat cleans though) but I ended up in like 18 minutes. And I think to myself, OK, I'm not fire breather, so they could do it in like 12... Haha, but your result is...unreal... for me it's from another world ! Unbelievable !

24. Rachel Nathe wrote...

April 9, 2009 11:14 PM

Truth be told..

Noone ran those sand dunes from Sydney CFX prior to the Compitition.

R Nathe :)

25. Lucas Atkins wrote...

April 9, 2009 11:42 PM

It was great to see so many CrossFitters in the one place! Alot of Aussies are still CrossFitting alone in their garages and i believe that these guys and gals will shine in the coming years. As each month that goes by, Crossfit slowly grows in Australia and its an awesome feeling to see the results of this at an event like the Australasian Qualifiers. Not only that, but the fact that everyone who competed gave it their best and showed that passion, heart and determination are just as important as physical skill. I had a great weekend judging the WOD's and getting to chat to other affiliate owners. Good luck in the USA guys.
Atko -

26. Lee Klein wrote...

April 10, 2009 12:07 AM

Wasn't able to got down this year, but will be getting a DVD of the weekend. Would be very keen to see the reps b4 saying any thing. But rules are rules and I know, if that was me I would be pissed if I was doing full ROM and others weren't and took out a win.

Good luck in July to the Fab 4.

27. SPT wrote...

April 10, 2009 12:48 AM

A lot of people are saying they would be pissed if they were doing full ROM and the person beside them was getting away with a less than full ROM.
Personally, if I was not doing full ROM, and you were beside me doing full ROM and some questioned it later, I'd be embarrassed that I let my standard slip, regardless if the judge picked it up at the time or not. If I was lucky enough to be given the chance to re-do the workout, I do it without question and strive for perfection with every rep so there was no doubt in any ones mind.
The standards were given. You as the crossfit athlete shouldn't need the judge beside you telling you the rep doesn't count, this should already be happening in you shed while you train. Tell your ego to stand down and if you know in your mind that the rep was questionable, don't count it. At the end of the day your not cheating anyone else but yourself and your not going to improve.

Just my opinion.

Congratulations to Mick and CFX team for the fantastic event and hat's off to all competitors who had a crack. Good luck to those who have progressed on to the main event.

28. Adam Pirri wrote...

April 10, 2009 2:03 AM

Great weekend. Good to see the crossfit community in australia expanding. I had an awesome weekend judging the first day wods and was glad i was not competing when i saw that sand dune.

Awesome effort by all the guys that competed and the spectators that supported the event.

I judged Chris Hogan in the first two WODS and he is an impressive athlete, full ROM each rep and a very modest athlete. I have never watched someone who is more efficient than Chris it didnt even look like he was going into second gear.

Good luck to all going to steve, chris, Tam and Nadine.

29. Jack wrote...

April 10, 2009 5:19 AM

Great Result on the weekend!! well done to Chris, Steve, Taz and Nadine!!!
How much prize money did the 4 Winners end up getting from the money raised from the event?!

30. Jack wrote...

April 10, 2009 5:21 AM

Great Result on the weekend!! well done to Chris, Steve, Taz and Nadine!!!
How much prize money did the 4 Winners end up getting from the money raised from the event?!

31. Andrew Cattermole wrote...

April 10, 2009 5:37 AM

Alena's Second WO
Even with the repeated WOD time with every rep verified she only came in 3rd by 17sec

32. Steve S. wrote...

April 10, 2009 6:41 AM

Outstanding work! Congratulations to the competitors and the organizers. Looks like a great time was had by all.

April 10, 2009 8:56 AM

Impressive, so I guess she was second before that ? Impressive.

34. Jelli wrote...

April 10, 2009 12:01 PM

Congrats to you ALL!!!! Great work.

35. katsa wrote...

April 10, 2009 3:34 PM

well done Chris (muscleman), you did Schwartz's proud. Awesome effort by all the Schwartz's CF Melb crew. ek+mk

36. Ogi Kolev wrote...

April 12, 2009 7:06 PM

Congrats to everyone that organised the event (Mick and the volunteers at CFX) and to everyone who took on the challenge to compete!
Well done to Steve, Chris, Nadine and Tamaryn!