Athletes shaping up for Industrial Hawke's Bay Open this weekend

By Aroha Treacher
  • North Island: East Coast

Making it to the regionals last year was a big accomplishment for elite crossfitter, Erin Gladstone. 

She hopes to repeat that this year, but first her attention is on the competition ahead.

Hawke's Bay Crossfit manager, Henry Heke says there's a cause of huge excitement amongst the competitors with two world-class athletes; Ruth Anderson Horrell and Gary Jones attending.

Now into its third year, places filled quickly, so a special waiting list was created for those who were eager to compete, but had missed out on a spot.

Mr Heke says, "In its first year, there were 60 competitors. There were 160 last year, and this year we've got two categories; one for adults and the other for youth, so that puts our total at about 250 competitors."

He was also able to teach a haka to a handful of the world's top crossfitters, including world second-ranked Jason Khalipa, during the CrossFit tour held in Queenstown. 

It's this spirit he hopes to bring to the Hawke's Bay competition this weekend.  The two-day event will see athletes tested in all aspects of fitness.