Tia-Clair Toomey

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Tia-Clair Toomey
Personal information
Born (1993-07-22) 22 July 1993 (age 25)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Residence Gladstone, Queensland, Australia
Height 1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)
Weight 58 kg (128 lb)
Spouse(s) Shane Orr[1]
Sport
Sport CrossFit & Weightlifting
Club CrossFit Gladstone
Coached by Shane Orr
Achievements and titles
World finals
  • 2015 CrossFit Games Runner-Up
  • 2016 CrossFit Games Runner-Up
  • 2017 CrossFit Games Champion
  • 2018 CrossFit Games Champion
Olympic finals 2016 Summer Olympics

Tia-Clair Toomey (born 22 July 1993) is an Australian weightlifter and CrossFit Games athlete. She competed in the women's 58kg event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast and won gold. She competed in the women's 58 kg event at the 2016 Summer Olympics and came in 14th.[2] Also competing in the CrossFit Games, she was the winner of the 2017 and 2018 CrossFit Games after being the runner-up in 2015 and 2016.

Background[edit]

Toomey began participating in CrossFit in 2013 after primarily being a runner.[3] She learned the basics of weightlifting through her CrossFit classes.[4] She was approached by the weightlifting coach Miles Wydal after he saw her lift what was then her personal best 30kg clean and jerk in a CrossFit competition.[3] He encouraged Toomey and her husband to try to get to the Rio Olympics representing Australia. She qualified for the Olympics after just 18 months of serious weightlifting training.[4] She would also qualify for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Competitions[edit]

She is an established CrossFit Games competitor and has finished second overall in both the 2015 and 2016 CrossFit Games. Because she participated in the Olympics less than a month after finishing the 2016 CrossFit Games, she garnered some criticism for not being a focused sport-specific athlete like many she qualified over.[5] Many CrossFit writers defended Toomey's performance citing that she did as well as could be expected from any competitor within the Australian Weightlifting Federation, a nation that only qualified to bring two weightlifting athletes to Rio (compared to an exceptional weightlifting federation, such as China, that qualified to bring ten athletes).[6][7] She later won first place in both the 2017 and 2018 CrossFit Games.

At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, she won gold in the 58 kg event with a combined total of 201kg.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Toomey owns a gym with her husband, Shane.[3]

CrossFit Games results[edit]

Year Games Regionals Open (Worldwide)
2013[9] 5954th
2014[9] 241st
2015[9] 2nd 3rd (Pacific) 63rd
2016[9] 2nd 2nd (Pacific) 82nd
2017[9] 1st 2nd (Pacific) 18th
2018[9] 1st 1st (Pacific) 12th

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tia-Clair Toomey Had Surprise Wedding". The Barbell Spin. Retrieved 4 May 2018. 
  2. ^ "Tia-Clair Toomey". Rio 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c Lewis, Aimee. "'Fittest woman on earth' wins gold medal after family tragedy". CNN. Retrieved 11 April 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "Tia Clair Inspires". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "World CrossFit Games runner-up Tia Toomey finds Rio 2016 a different beast". The Sydney Morning Herald. 9 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "Olympics-Weightlifting-World's 'Second Fittest Woman' ready for Rio". Yahoo Sports. 1 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Journalist Criticizes Olympian Tia Toomey for Excelling in Two Sports". The Russells. 10 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Tia-Clair Toomey wins gold in the weightlifting just days after she was hit by personal tragedy". News.com.au. Retrieved 6 April 2018. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f "CrossFit Games Leaderboard". CrossFit Games. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 

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