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8 Great UK CrossFit Athletes to Follow and Learn From

Kelly Friel

The Stats:

  • Age: 43
  • Weight: 72kg
  • Height: 170cm

Dominating the 40 – 44 UK Women’s Masters Division, Kelly Friel is not an athlete to be underestimated. Not only are her achievements in the CrossFit circuit impressive, but they were achieved while raising two daughters and holding down a job (and co-owning CrossFit Southampton)!


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Kelly got into CrossFit through her friend and co-Box owner Ben Allen in 2012. With hardly any competitive sports prior to CrossFit, Kelly strongly believes that “anyone can CrossFit in some capacity regardless of their history” and that she is testament to that.

Her athletic career has gone from strength-to-strength since those first months at CrossFit Southampton, with Kelly qualifying for the Games in her category in both 2018 and 2019 — and placing 2nd both years.


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She also qualified for the 2020 Games, but due to the Pandemic was unable to participate along with hundreds of other athletes worldwide. Kelly now has her eyes fixed on 2021. 

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