IT takes a motivated individual to keep fit and healthy at any age, but 57-year-old crossfitter Dave Young has raised the bar – earning an invitation to the 2016 CrossFit games.
Ranked number six in the world in the Masters category, Young will represent IronBody Crossfit at the games that will be held in California, United States from July 19.
Despite the remarkable achievement, Young said after trying many sports in the past, CrossFit was the one that stuck.
“I’ve done a lot of different sports… it’s different, the workouts are constantly varied, there are a lot more challenges and you’re not just doing one specific movement,” he said.
“We do so many different things, it’s crazy really.”
As the event draws closer, Young said he hits the gym harder to give him the edge over the competition.
“You do a lot more, probably double the workload I’ve been doing in the last 3-4 months,” he said.
“It’s purely business for me going over there, it’s not a holiday.”
“It’s a one-off shot for me – wherever I come, I come and I’ll be happy with that.”
Co-owner of IronBody Crossfit Tony Bartlett said ‘Uncle Dave’ was an integral member of the gym, which is why they organised a fundraiser to help get him over to America.
“As a Masters athlete, Dave would certainly be the fittest one in here… he’s a hard worker, scaffolder by day and he comes in here and trains hard for an hour to an hour and a half everyday,” he said.
“There’ll be a bit of a fun day on Saturday. We’ve got some awards and everything worked out… we’ve got some T-shirts with Uncle Dave on them to sell on the day.”
The fundraiser begins at 8.30am on Saturday at IronBody CrossFit at 1/25 Saltaire Way, Port Kennedy and is open to members of the public.