Pip Malone has qualified for the invitational-based Asia CrossFit Championships, set to be held in Shanghai, China from April 27.
Arguably one of Newcastle’s strongest women, the 29-year-old has been representing Australia in the CrossFit games since her entry into the world of weightlifting and competitive exercise six years ago.
Now she has her chance to once again match it with the best at the Shanghai Luwan gymnasium. The competition will run three days from April 27-29, during which time individuals and teams will compete for an invite to the 2019 Reebok CrossFit Games.
The online CrossFit qualifiers concluded earlier this year. Potential entrants were required to send in five scored workouts over the course of 18 days. After video and score verification, invites were sent out for the Shanghai event, and a roster of 49 women, 69 men and 40 overall teams were announced.
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Malone contested weightlifting at the Gold Coast in the Commonwealth Games last year, taking a swerve in her career to aim for category gold.
The crossfit-come-weightlifting star just missed out on third after being tied at the bronze medal position with a best snatch of 95kg, but twice failed a 117kg clean and jerk. That left her 209kg total just 7kg short of eventual third placed Fijian Apolonia Vaivai.
Now Pip is back in the crossfit grind, and is knuckling down for the ACC – formerly known as the China Invitational – in April.