Week Four in Review: Australia

Published on Fri, 2013-03-29 13:44
John Michael Bric

Unlike previous weeks, the Australia Region struggled a little bit in the workout, with no athlete posting a score inside the top 15 worldwide.


In week four of the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games Open, athletes from across the world were put through a Grace-style workout, which also included toes-to-bars.

After the 12-minute AMRAP of wall balls, double-unders and muscle-ups in week three, 13.4 consisted of a seven-minute ascending ladder of clean and jerks and toes-to-bars.

Unlike previous weeks, the Australia Region struggled a little bit in the workout, with no athlete posting a score inside the top 15 worldwide.

Dual Games competitor, Rob Forte, submitted the equal best score in Australia completing 120 reps, while Ben Garard also finished with a score of 120.

In the females half, Ashley Higgins was the standout performer completing 110 reps, with Amanda Allen and Pip Malone tying for second with scores of 106.

Once again, CrossFit Active dominated the team’s division finishing with the No. 1 score in Australia and maintaining their spot on top of the Regional Leaderboard.

Here’s a closer look at each of the major divisions after week three.


For the first time this CrossFit Games Open, we had a tie in the Australia Men’s division with Rob Forte and Ben Garard sharing the honors for 13.4.

Both athletes completed 120 reps, which was the equal 32nd best score worldwide.

CJ Walker, who posted the best score in Australia for 13.3, was third best this week with a score of 113, while Scott Mackenzie and Khan May were equal fourth with scores of 111.

Forte’s win sees him jump to top spot on the Australia Leaderboard, four points clear of Walker, with Mackenzie rounding out the top three.

Games competitor, Brandon Swan, continues to climb up the Leaderboard and is now fifth overall after posting a score of 108 for 13.4.

Reigning Regional champion, and ninth-place finisher at the 2012 CrossFit Games, Chad Mackay, is now 13th in Australia, while former Regional champion, Chris Hogan, climbed up to 26th place.

Brendan Clarke also continued his climb up the Leaderboard and is now inside the top 10 in ninth spot.

Despite posting the equal best score in the region for 13.4, Garard was the big slider in week four. The 24-year-old had his score for 13.2 changed mid week, seeing him slide from first place to outside the top 1,000.


In Australia, Ashley Higgins was the standout performer in the Women’s division in week four, posting a score of 110.

The 25-year-old athlete completed four more reps than Amanda Allen and Pip Malone, putting her in the top 20 worldwide for the workout.

The win see’s Higgins move to equal third on the Regional Leaderboard, tied with Malone with 31 points.

Allen is still the woman to catch in Australia, leading the region by three points after finishing in the top three yet again. The 42-year-old has now finished second or third in Australia in every workout this Open.

Reigning Regional champ, Kara Gordon, remains in second place, while dual CrossFit Games competitor, Ruth Anderson Horrell, is in fifth in Australia.

Philippa Robinson, who competed in the team division at the 2012 Regional, is now sixth overall, while 2011 Regional champion Amy Dracup is in 11th place.

Former Games competitor, Megan Smith, is also on track for another Regional appearance, sitting in 17th place overall in Australia.


CrossFit Active was once again the dominant team in Australia, submitting the best score for workout 13.4.

It’s now the third time this Open the affiliate has posted the week’s best score, and sees them move eight points clear on top of the Regional Leaderboard.

Schwartz’s CrossFit Melbourne remain in second place overall, while CrossFit Athletic round out the top three in Australia.

Southern CrossFit, who posted the second best score for 13.4, is now in fourth place.

CrossFit Newcastle was the big drifter; sliding from sixth place to 17th place, after posting the 50th best score in Australia for week four.


Kiwi Garry Jones remains in the second spot worldwide in the Men’s 60+ Division after completing 80 reps in 13.4, while Sue Steinhauer is also still in second place worldwide in the women’s 60+ Division.

Lynne Knapman has dropped down one spot to eighth overall in the Women’s 50-54 Division with a score of 72 in 13.4.

New Zealander, Peter Ryder, is also on track for Games qualification in the Men’s 50-54 Divison, sitting in ninth position overall.