Tia-Clair Toomey

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Tia-Clair Toomey
Personal information
Born (1993-07-22) 22 July 1993 (age 27)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Residence Cookeville, Tennessee, United States [1]
Height163 cm (5 ft 4 in) [2]
Weight58 kg (128 lb) [2]
Spouse(s)Shane Orr [3]
Sport
Sport CrossFit, weightlifting
ClubCrossFit Gladstone
Coached byShane Orr
Achievements and titles
World finals
  • 2015 CrossFit Games Runner-Up
  • 2016 CrossFit Games Runner-Up
  • 2017 CrossFit Games Champion
  • 2018 CrossFit Games Champion
  • 2019 CrossFit Games Champion
Olympic finals 2016 Summer Olympics

Tia-Clair Toomey (born 22 July 1993) [4] is an Australian weightlifter and CrossFit Games athlete. She competed in the women's 58 kg (128 lb) event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast and won gold. She competed in the women's 58 kg (128 lb) event at the 2016 Summer Olympics and came in 14th. [5] In the CrossFit Games, she was the winner of the 2017, 2018, and 2019 CrossFit Games after being the runner-up in 2015 and 2016. She is the first three-time consecutive CrossFit women's champion.

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Background

Toomey began participating in CrossFit in 2013 after primarily being a runner. [6] She learned the basics of weightlifting through her CrossFit classes. [7] She was approached by the weightlifting coach Miles Wydall after he saw her lift what was then her personal best 80 kg (180 lb) clean and jerk in a CrossFit competition. [6] He encouraged Toomey and her husband to try to get to the Rio Olympics representing Australia. She qualified for the Olympics after just 18 months of serious weightlifting training. [7] She would also qualify for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Competitions

She is an established CrossFit Games competitor and has finished second overall in both the 2015 and 2016 CrossFit Games. Because she participated in the Olympics less than a month after finishing the 2016 CrossFit Games, she garnered some criticism for not being a focused sport-specific athlete like many she qualified over. [8] Many CrossFit writers defended Toomey's performance citing that she did as well as could be expected from any competitor within the Australian Weightlifting Federation, a nation that only qualified to bring two weightlifting athletes to Rio (compared to an exceptional weightlifting federation, such as China, that qualified to bring ten athletes). [9] [10] She later won first place in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 CrossFit Games, becoming the first woman to win three titles.

At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, she won gold in the 58 kg (128 lb) event with a combined total of 201 kg (443 lb). [11]

Personal life

Toomey used to own a gym with her husband, Shane Orr, who is also her coach. [6] They sold it in early 2019 to move to Cookeville, Tennessee, to train at Rich Froning's gym CrossFit Mayhem. Multiple CrossFit Games male champion, Mat Fraser, then joined them in Cookeville and Shane coached both of them in preparation for the 2019 CrossFit Games.

CrossFit Games results

YearGamesRegionalsOpen (Worldwide)
2013 [12] 5954th
2014 [12] 241st
2015 [12] 2nd3rd (Pacific)63rd
2016 [12] 2nd2nd (Pacific)82nd
2017 [12] 1st2nd (Pacific)18th
2018 [12] 1st1st (Pacific)12th
YearGamesQualifierOpen
2019 1st1st (WZA)6th (world)
1st (Australia)
2020 1st (Mayhem) [13]
1st (WZA) [14]
4th (world)
1st (Australia)

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