Samantha Briggs will be returning to the Southern Hemisphere to compete at the Australian CrossFit Championship from 24-27 January 2019. And aside from a small query about Australia’s infamous bitey animals, she couldn’t be more excited about it.
The five time Games athlete is no stranger to Australian shores.
“I first came to Australia in 2013 to compete and was blown away by the CrossFit community down under! Everyone made me so welcome and I loved every minute of the trip!” says Briggs who will be competing for a first place finish at the Australian CrossFit Championship to secure a ticket to the CrossFit Games.
“I was fortunate to be back on the Gold Coast last year after the CrossFit Invitational, and the beaches, food and coffee was exactly as I remembered so to be heading out again next month is a dream come true!”
With her priorities in order Briggs also notes, “I’m hoping that there’s going to be some kind Aussies taking me out for a beer after the comp too”.
The ACC has confirmed that the competition will start with a beach event on 24 January. While the event details are not confirmed, Briggs has proven that she can more than hold her own outside of traditional CrossFit workouts.
In 2017 Briggs finished 3rd in the Games’ Run-Swim-Run event, and in 2015 she finished 7th in the Pier Paddle. In 2016 she not only came 9th in the Ocean Swim but famously ran past Brent Fikowski in the Ranch Trail Run to take 1st place in the women’s half and to finish 3rd overall, beaten only by Matt Fraser and Josh Bridges.
So how does Briggs feel about the possibility of jumping in the water at the iconic Gold Coast beaches?
“Erm … aren’t there sharks in your waters!?!?”
Briggs is also excited about the new opportunities that the new look CrossFit competition season has to offer.
“I think having the 16 sanctioned events is an exciting change to the season. Instead of Regionals being your only avenue to the Games you can have multiple attempts”.
“I love competing and find I always push myself more in that setting than I ever do in training! So for me it’s a win-win situation. Obviously my main goal is to make it back to the Games, but in that process I get to compete against all these incredible athletes throughout the season which will push me to be a better athlete by the time the Games comes round!” confirms Briggs.
“I’m still unsure how the whole Open qualification for each country will play out but I’m sure at the end of the day we’re going to have the Fittest on Earth battling it out in Madison!”
And how does Briggs’ training look these days?
“I would always do some off-season competitions to test out peaking strategies and gauge how training has been going. The only difference now is now is that these competitions offer the opportunity to punch your ticket to the Games!”