I was introduced to CrossFit in 2011 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Bases’ military affiliate. I had been looking for a workout program that would fill the void after retiring from gymnastics in 2009. After trying my first workout, “Dirty Thirty”, I was hooked. I loved the challenge and community that was associated with CrossFit. Within a month, I was competing in my first open, followed by my first regional team competition. Three months later, I went for my Level 1 Certification and have been a volunteer coach at gyms across the country over the past six years.
Before finding CrossFit, I was an NCAA Division 1 gymnast at the United States Air Force Academy where I won numerous titles including AFA’s Female Athlete of the Year, Women’s Gymnastics MVP, Mountain West Conference Scholar Athlete of the year, and NCAA Scholar Athlete. During my first few years after graduating, I also volunteered as a coach at local gymnastics gyms in North Carolina and Ohio. The military moved my husband, Ken, and me to Valdosta about two years ago, and we love everything about CrossFit Valdosta. I’m a four-time regional competitor, with the most recent appearance in 2016, where I placed 25th in the Atlantic Regionals. In 2017, I placed 28th in the Southeast Region Open once again, but it was one spot short of qualifying for Regionals this year. Our military life moves us every few years, but regardless of where we go, our CrossFit community and friends have always made us feel welcome!