The following new CrossFit sanctioned events have been announced:
- Australian CrossFit Championship (Jan 2019)
- Asia CrossFit Championship (April 2019)
- Reykjavik CrossFit Championship (May 2019)
- Down Under CrossFit Championship (May 2019)
- Pandaland CrossFit (December 2019 – to qualify for the 2020 CrossFit Games)
This takes the total to 16 sanctioned events, spread across 11 different countries.
“These new events are a true testament to CrossFit’s global reach,” said CrossFit founder Greg Glassman. “Whether athletes are competing in Wollongong, Reykjavik, or Shanghai, they represent the spirit of the #CrossFit community—a community that today crosses more borders and contains more languages and cultures than we could have ever imagined at the start.” Greg Glassman
You can learn more about each event from the information that has been released in CrossFit’s official press release below:
AUSTRALIAN CROSSFIT CHAMPIONSHIP
In January 2019, athletes in Queensland, Australia, will ring in the new year by throwing down at the Australian CrossFit Championship. The competition will begin with an online qualifier to select the 32 men and women, along with 16 teams, who will receive invitations to compete at the Gold Coast Convention and Entertainment Centre for a ticket to the 2019 CrossFit Games. “We are looking forward to the community coming together to celebrate the CrossFit lifestyle while watching some of the best do what they do so well in the arena,” said Championship director Darren Coughlan.
ASIA CROSSFIT CHAMPIONSHIP
China will host its first-ever CrossFit Games-qualifying competition in April 2019 with the 全力游戏 Asia CrossFit Championship. As the largest international CrossFit competition on the Chinese Mainland—previously known as the 全力游戏 China Invitational—the newly-sanctioned event builds on the momentum of CrossFit’s rapid rise in the People’s Republic and will qualify its top male, female, and team athletes to the 2019 CrossFit Games. “With event programming from CrossFit Games athletes Austin Malleolo, Spencer Hendel and James Hobart, the 全力游戏 Asia CrossFit Championship is not one to miss,” said Max Ma, owner of One Nation Huaihai & owner and director of the 全力游戏 Asia CrossFit Championship.
REYKJAVIK CROSSFIT CHAMPIONSHIP
In May 2019, competitors will battle for spots to the 2019 CrossFit Games in the Land of Ice and Fire. “Physical strength has always been fundamental to survival in Iceland, a land of rough and unforgiving natural conditions,” said Reykjavik Championship Director Annie Thorisdottir. “Building on the tradition of Icelandic strongmen and women, the competition will be varied and exciting.” In addition to the “Elite” division of competition, which will award invitations to the 2019 CrossFit Games to the winners of the men’s, women’s, and team divisions, the Reykjavik Championship will offer additional opportunities to compete in an “RX” division to the local Icelandic CrossFit community.
DOWN UNDER CROSSFIT CHAMPIONSHIP
Wollongong, Australia—previous host city to six CrossFit Games Regional Events—will welcome back CrossFit competitors in May of 2019 as they vie for qualifying spots to the 2019 CrossFit Games. “The Down Under CrossFit Championship is proud to announce that we will be going back to the Gong where the CrossFit Community has flourished,” said Championship director Mick Shaw. “This year, the Down Under CrossFit Championship will incorporate some of the scenic settings of Wollongong into the events to create a diverse and challenging event.” The competition will take place over three days in the iconic Australian seaside city.
PANDALAND CROSSFIT CHALLENGE
In December 2019, CrossFit athletes will take the competition floor at the Pandaland CrossFit Challenge, aptly held in the Sichuan Province, home of China’s legendary giant pandas. The city of Chengdu is eager to welcome CrossFit competitors of all nationalities to the second Chinese CrossFit-sanctioned event, qualifying the top man, woman, and team athletes to the 2020 CrossFit Games. “We are ready to share our love of history, culture, and sport,” said CrossFit Tianfu owner and Pandaland CrossFit Challenge director Zhu Chen, “and celebrate the growth of the Chinese CrossFit community with the rest of the world.”
THE NEW CROSSFIT SEASON
These are the dates so far for all the CrossFit sanctioned events. This is what the season will look like next year.
December (12 – 15) Dubai CrossFit Championship (Dubai, UAE)
The Australian CrossFit Championship (Queensland, Australia)
January 17 – 20, Wodapalooza CrossFit Festival (Miami, FL)
January 31 -February 2, Fittest in Cape Town (Cape Town, South Africa)
CrossFit Strength in Depth (London, England)
The CrossFit Open (to qualify for the 2018 CrossFit Games)
Asia CrossFit Championship (China)
Mid Atlantic CrossFit Challenge (Baltimore/Washington, D.C.)
April 26 -28, CrossFit Italian Showdown (Milan, Italy)
May 18th – 19, Rogue Invitational (Columbus, Ohio)
Reykjavik CrossFit Championship (Reykjavik, Iceland)
Brazil CrossFit Championship (São Paulo, Brazil)
CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown (Netherlands)
May 17 – 19, Down Under CrossFit Championship (Wollongong, Australia)
CrossFit Granite Games (Location TBD)
CrossFit French Throwdown (Paris, France)
The CrossFit Games (Madison, WI)
Pandaland CrossFit Championship (Chengdu, China)
What do you think of the new updates to the season? Let us know in the comments section below.
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