CrossFit Laura Clifton Wisconsin-Bound

Twenty-six-year-old Laura Clifton, who runs a gym with her fiancée in Melbourne, will represent New Zealand at the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games on from 27 July until 1 August in Wisconsin, United States.

Although Clifton qualified for the CrossFit Games last season, she told South China Morning Post correspondent Patrick Blennerhassett, the 2021 edition will feel different, in a good way.

The competition was pushed online last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This year, the event will be in a packed venue, the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

Clifton found her way to the sport via school, during a class in 2017 at the Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology in Tauranga, finishing her Bachelor of Sport and Recreation, Blennerhassett writes.

“I had always been interested in CrossFit and saw the CrossFit Games one year in a university lecture … I loved the fact that it tested your abilities in all facets – weightlifting, gymnastics endurance and how good it felt to be fit but also lift heavy things,” Clifton says.

Original article by Patrick Blennerhassett, South China Morning Post, July 16, 2021.

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