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6 South African Athletes To Follow & Learn From

Michelle Basnett

The 24-year-old US-SA athlete is currently sitting at number one on the Women’s Individual Quarterfinal leaderboard for the African region.

Michelle came began her journey with CrossFit when she was 17, having formally trained gymnastics, tumbling and cheerleading. A year later she decided to start competing and is now a CrossFit coach and personal trainer who trains out of CrossFit Cornelius in North Carolina.

“I found Crossfit when I was 17 and have been hooked ever since. I started to get serious about competing in the sport in 2016 and have put sweat, tears, and a lot of hours in the gym to make it to the elite level.”

While spending most of her time in the US, Michelle has roots in Cape Town and therefore had the chance to compete in the 2019 Fittest in Cape Town Santional where she placed 8th overall. She also competed in the 2019 Filthy 150 in Ireland where she came 23rd. She also placed 2nd in South Africa the Open that year.

With a very impressive overall finish in the 2021 Open (3rd in Africa) and Quarterfinals (1st in Africa), Michelle is looking at another appearance at the Fittest in Cape Town Semifinal.

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