Games Athlete Interview : Tia-Clair Toomey
- Age: 21
- CrossFitting since 2013
- 2 x Regionals Athlete (2014, 2015)
- 15th fittest female in the world
- Pacific Games Silver Medalist in Snatch CJ and Total
- Commonwealth Games trials competitor
- Would have placed 1st in the California, West, AND Central regions based off her placement in the Pacific
After an amazing performance at the CrossFit Games Pacific Regional we got a chance to chat with Tia-Clair Toomey from CrossFit Gladstone . Finishing out 7th place overall in the Open and 3rd overall at Regionals, TWL crew thinks that she will be a force to be reckoned with come late July.
What’s your story?
What have been your achievements so far?
Can you give us an idea of what a typical training week consists of for you?
A typical training week for me would consist a lot of strength, conditioning and gymnastic strength/skill training. My training depends on how my body feels, I could go through a full with only 1 rest day or if my body is feeling really fatigue I could have 2-3 rest days. I think it’s extremely important to listen to the body when you training at elite levels.
What foods do you eat a lot of in general? What foods do you avoid?
I try to eat as healthy as possible so my body has the best recovery; however, I love my chocolate which I like to reward myself after a good training session.
What is one thing you don’t want Castro to announce?
I’m not really worried about what Castro announces, it’s always going to be tough no matter what it is.
What movement do you hope Castro announces?
I hope he announces swimming, any type of heavy lifts.
What’s after the Games for you?
After the games I’ll be training to be selected in the Australian Weightlifting team for Worlds which is held in Houston, TX.
What do you think contributed to your relatively fast success in CrossFit?
Weightlifting has defiantly made me stronger, but the passion for the sport has been a large influence.
What is the most impressive feat of strength you have accomplished to date?
Winning Silver in the 58kg at the Pacific Games for my Country.
What is something that most people don’t know about you?
I have 2 beautiful dogs, Red staffy (Rhi Rhi), white Labrador (Sammy).
Who is your role model?
My parents are my role models, but when it come to being inspired it would be every elite athlete.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen someone do in the world of CrossFit?
The coolest thing would be seeing all the athletes at the Games putting their body under so much demand and be able to compete at top level through the whole competition. It’s incredible.
Where would you like to see CrossFit in the future?
Helping ordinary people in their everyday lives, with their well being and health.
Okay, you’re officially my hero. How was this all possible for you?
Besides the on going support from my partner and family, this success wouldn’t have been possible without my coaches Miles Wydall and Drew Griffiths. Drew Griffith is my CrossFit coach that runs a CrossFit training program called CoachRX and Miles Wydall is my weightlifting coach that is an Olympic and Commonwealth Games Weightlifting coach (www.mwydall.com). I get coached by them through email as I live 6-8 hours away from them both. They work together with my partner Shane Orr (who is my trainer) to come up with the best program for me individually.
Tia, thanks so much for taking the time out of your hectic schedule to fill us (your fans) in, you’ve been a pleasure. We look forward to watching you rock the competition out in Carson!
Any readers can follow Tia on Instagram @tiaclair1, Facebook by searching Tia-Clair Toomey or Twitter @TiaToomey. You can also checkout CrossFit Gladstone on Instagram @crossfitgladstone and Facebook by searching Crossfit Gladstone to follow any events they organise through the gym.