The Australia Olympic team has recruited the help of the second fittest woman in the world for their Rio Olympics bid.
That second fittest woman is World CrossFit Games 2015 competitor 22-year-old Tia-Clair Toomey.
Toomey claimed the only spot for the women’s weightlifting Olympic team for Australia by besting other aspiring Olympians Erika Ropati-Frost, Kiana Elliott and Pip Malone in the Oceania Championships in Suva, Fiji, her bio in the Australian Olympic Committee site lists.
She might have finished third in the Fiji Championships but she managed to secure herself an Olympic debut with it.
Toomey’s path to Rio Olympics began when she started training for crossfit and weightlifting in 2013.
She first made waves in the weightlifting world when she won first place in the 2015 Brisbane Open. After breaking the surface, she went on to conquer other regional and international competitions. She finished second in the 2015 Pacific Games and 26th in the World Championships for Weightlifting.
This year, the 22-year-old bagged the first spot in the Australian Open before ending third at the Oceania championships and being selected for the Australian Olympic Team.
Not only did Toomey manage to secure the spot, she also did it while training for crossfit. In fact, CrossFit World Games gave her the second fittest woman on earth position.
Before competing at the Rio Olympics, Toomey will also seek to re-validate her second fittest woman on earth tag in the CrossFit World Games in the United States this July.
Regarding training for both sports, Toomey has said that “Weightlifting is a weakness in CrossFit so it’s a high priority in training, and it means my training is always varied,” Fox Sports reports.
Partnering with Toomey in the weightlifting category is Olympian and asylum seeker Simplice Ribouem. Ribouem originally hailed from Cameroon before seeking asylum in Australia.
Together, the two has a herculean task on their shoulders, hoping to bring home gold medals for Australia.