52b – Tia-Clair Toomey on realizing her CrossFit and Olympic dreams and finding confidence

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“It was still so hard to admit that I wanted to win, because I was scared of failure. I was so scared to say I want to win the CrossFit Games and I don’t do it. It’s just a horrible feeling. It makes you very vulnerable.” – Tia-Clair Toomey

At 23 years of age, Tia-Clair Toomey (Tia) is quite the accomplished athlete. Hailing from the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia, Tia burst on the CrossFit Games scene earning the title of 2nd Fittest Woman on Earth in both 2015 and 2016. She also quickly established herself as one of Australia’s best Olympic Weightlifters, earning the country’s only female weightlifting spot to the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. This also makes her the only athlete to compete in both the CrossFit Games and the Olympics in the same year. She currently resides in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia where she owns and runs CrossFit Gladstone alongside her coach and fiancé, Shane Orr. We caught up recently at Chris Hinshaw’s annual training camp in Cookeville, TN to discuss her background and the whirlwind that has been the past few years of her life.

In Cookeville, TN

In Part B of this episode, we discuss:

  • Training and qualifying for both the 2016 CrossFit Games the 2016 Rio Olympics
  • Losing her grandfather just before her engagement and qualifying for the Rio Olympics
  • The difference in her reaction to placing 2nd in 2015 and placing 2nd in 2016 at the CrossFit Games
  • Learning about herself through competition
  • Her plans for the 2017 CrossFit Games season
  • Future Olympic Weightlifting plans including the 2018 Commonwealth Games
  • Three things Tia does on a regular basis that have the biggest impact on her health
  • One thing Tia struggles to implement that could have a big impact on her health
  • What a healthy life looks like to her

You can follow Tia at her website, on InstagramTwitterFacebook and at her affiliate CrossFit Gladstone.


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Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

Question: When has a fear of failure held you back in your own life? Has there been a time when allowing yourself to be vulnerable has paid off for you?

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