The female side of the competition went down to the wire. Olivia Kelly, Maria Paradisis and Jess Sewastenko battled it out, week after week, for the ultimate prize.
Liv Kelly, the CrossFitter out of CrossFit Toowoomba, consistently finished within the top two each week and eventually secured the top spot on the overall leaderboard.
Liv only started training with Jax Solofa out of Ipswich Weightlifting Club in 2019 and within one competition, qualified for Senior Nationals with a 180kg total.
If you follow her on instagram (@livvyke11y) you would have seen her attempt a massive 90kg snatch during week three of the competition but narrowly miss it. This would have given her the third biggest snatch in Australia in the 71kg category, only 1kg below Ebony Gorincu.
Liv has competed in CrossFit for years now. She finished 55th in Australia in the 2020 Open and has qualified for, and competed in, multiple Sanctions over the past couple of years.
Liv does all this while working a full-time job as a teacher’s aid in a high school, and raising five kids. She trains twice a day, 5-6 days a week.
“My alarm goes off at 4.30am, I get up, train from 5am to 7am. I get ready between 7am and 7.30am. We’re out the door at quarter to eight. Drop the kids off. I’m at school at 8.30am …
I’ll finish between 3.30pm and 4pm, pick up the kids, do all the dinner stuff, do all the homework, and then Ant will come home and we will train from 6pm – 7pm,” Liv explains.
Living life at such a frantic pace can often, unfortunately, push people away from weightlifting (and CrossFit).. The fact that Liv can balance such a busy lifestyle and still be one of the top athletes in Australia is impressive to say the least.