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6 South African Athletes To Follow & Learn From

Jason Smith

A list of South Africa’s CrossFit athletes wouldn’t be complete without Jason Smith. The only South African athlete to make the Games, Jason has been working hard in the scene and representing Africa and SA for 11 years.

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Jason was always into sports and competition, playing soccer and rugby in school and racing motorcross for a decade. He was introduced to CrossFit by his brother and was hooked ever since.

A Johannesburg native who trains at CrossFit Sunninghill in Gauteng, Jason has competed in the Dubai CrossFit Championship twice, as well as the CrossFit Fittest in Cape Town Sanctional events in 2019. He finished 29th in the Games that year. However his highest finish was in 2017 with a 10th place finish at the Games.

Jason was one of the many athletes who lost their invites to the 2020 Games due to the pandemic, where he indicated this might be his last year as an individual competitor;

“With what’s going on around the world it was inevitable that I was going to receive the news that this year’s Games wasn’t going to happen for me, but to officially receive the email. I feel heartsore I won’t be able to represent South Africa and showcase what was possibly going to be my final year as an individual competitor.”

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That said, Jason competed in his 11th CrossFit Open this year, coming 3rd in Africa and 2nd in South Africa behind Kealan Henry.

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