TIA-CLAIR TOOMEY, FITTEST WOMAN ON EARTH
Cross-fit champion, Tia-Clair Toomey claimed victory for the first time in the 2017 CrossFit Games, being crowned the “Fittest Woman on Earth”. In 2018, for the second time in a row – she took out that title again. While victory is sweet for Tia now, her impressive success didn’t come without its challenges, and her story of athleticism is an inspiring one.
Living in Gladstone, Queensland, 25-year-old Tia began her CrossFit journey in 2013, after her now husband and coach, Shane, introduced her to the new high intensity fitness regimen. Tia quickly fell in love with CrossFit and how good it made her feel. Only by coincidence, however, did she find herself taking part in the 2013 Gladstone CrossFit opens. To her surprise, Tia qualified for a spot at regionals in 2014. After competing in regionals, where the environment didn’t entirely live up to her expectations, she went on a trip to the USA, where she watched the CrossFit Games for the first time.
Watching the CrossFit Games ignited a passion in Tia’s soul, and while she didn’t initially feel the urge to compete, she was struck by the performance of the athletes and the euphoria of the winners. It was this passion that found Tia, only eight months later training to compete in the US for the 2015 CrossFit Games.
Tia’s original goal was to achieve something in sports as an athlete, but that goal quickly grew into a larger dream of inspiring others to do what they love and embrace every experience.
Impressively, Tia came second in her first CrossFit Games. This achievement motivated her to do even better, and she set herself a goal of taking out first place in the next games. One year later after gruelling training and with the support of everyone around her, Tia competed in the 2016 games, and came second once again. After the devastating defeat and feeling as if she had let down everyone who believed in her she came back in 2017 more driven than ever to take out that top spot.
In 2017, Tia took out first place in the CrossFit Games. The victory was sweet after suffering through the year-long wait from the previous competition. She was the first Australian title-winner, just beating out fellow Australian Kara Webb in the finals from penalty points. Still as determined as before, Tia came back in 2018, where she took the title for the second-year running. This time with a comfortable 64-point lead.
Tia’s story is the perfect example of an ordinary person pushing themselves to Be More. Never driven by anything other than her personal goals of being better than she was before, she inspires those who follow and support her to be the best version of themselves. Tia encompasses the mentality that pushing through challenging times delivers the most rewarding moments.
Whether you want to be the next CrossFit Games champion, or a novelist, artist or musician – whatever it may be – if you work hard and believe in yourself, you might be there sooner than you think.