CrossFit Latin America champ Wanda Brenton is competing at the Games in the sport’s world championships this week.
The Reebok CrossFit Games are at the StubHub Center in Carson, California again and Brenton, co-owner with her husband Carl of CrossFit 7 Mile, is there after winning the women’s individual Latin America title a couple of months ago.
The 39-year-old Canadian had to overcome injury to reach the Games and even considered pulling out a couple of weeks ago.
After the beach competition on Wednesday she was 39th out of 42 but considering Brenton’s injuries and she is the oldest in her division and just a few months off qualifying for the masters category, she is doing incredibly well.
Thursday was a rest day and she resumes competing on Friday.
The Games is the final stage of a season-long competition which originally started out with 209,000 competitors.
That field was whittled down to the fittest male and female athletes competing in a variety of unknown workouts.
Interest in this sport increases exponentially. This time last year there were just over 5,000 CrossFit affiliates, aka boxes. Today it is about to surpass 10,000.
Considering Brenton played only volleyball and soccer until four years ago when she discovered CrossFit, she has done incredibly well in what the organizers bill as a test to find the fittest athletes in the world.
After competing with team CrossFit Cayman at the 2010 CrossFit Games and with CrossFit 7 Mile in the 2012 and 2013 CrossFit Games, Brenton decided a year ago to try for the individual Latin America title this time. The ambition definitely paid off.
For those wanting to watch her progress and the rest of the competition, ESPN is featuring at least 46 hours of the CrossFit Games on ESPN3.
Live ESPN coverage is on Friday from 4-6 p.m. Cayman time, on Saturday 3-5 p.m. and on Sunday 3-4 p.m.