The European Championships sees athletes from all over the world taking part in CrossFit challenges – and this year, one woman from Portishead will be taking part in the esteemed competition.
Kim Harris, from Eastern In Gordano, is heading to the championship finals in September to compete in an intensive three-day programme of CrossFit activities.
Kim, 48, began her CrossFit journey after it was recommended to her by some friends – and since starting out at a small gym in Clevedon, she has “never looked back”.
To qualify for The European Championships, Kim had to film herself completing three tough workouts and submit them with her scores, earning herself a competitive place in the finals.
Excited but understandably nervous for the events of the final, which include running and paddle boarding, Kim knows that she is up against tough competition – but is already proud of how far she has come. “It might sound cliché, but just taking part is really massive for me,” she said.
Kim trains six days a week, and alongside being a CrossFit coach she also enjoys playing hockey, road biking, and walking her dog.
But if you’re inspired by Kim’s story, you don’t have to worry about your fitness levels to get stuck into CrossFit, according to Matt Gigg.
Matt, 50, owns the CrossFit MPG gym in Portishead where Kim trains, and the venue welcomes all levels of ability.
“We can have any fitness levels, any ages – even CrossFit kids. There is no limit to what you can do,” Matt says. “That’s the beauty of CrossFit; everyone can do it. It looks scary, but it’s not – and once you get into it, it’s pretty addictive.”
The European Championship finals will take place from September 3-5 at the Five Lakes Arena, Essex.
Good luck, Kim!
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