Tia-Clair Toomey

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Tia-Clair Toomey
Personal information
Born (1993-07-22) 22 July 1993 (age 27)
Nambour, Queensland, Australia
Height163 cm (5 ft 4 in) [1]
Weight58 kg (128 lb) [1]
Spouse(s)Shane Orr [2]
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
  • 2020 CrossFit Games Champion
Olympic finals 2016 Summer Olympics

Tia-Clair Toomey (born 22 July 1993) [3] is an Australian weightlifter and CrossFit Games athlete. She won the gold medal in the women's 58 kg (128 lb) event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast. She also competed in the women's 58 kg (128 lb) event at the 2016 Summer Olympics and came in 14th. [4] In the CrossFit Games, she was the winner of the 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 CrossFit Games after being the runner-up in 2015 and 2016.

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Early life

Tia-Clair Toomey was born on 22 July 1993 to Debbi and Brendon Toomey in Nambour, Queensland, Australia, the eldest of three girls. [5] [6] She grew up in Dunethin Rock along the Maroochy River on the Sunshine Coast, where her parents worked on a cane farm. [6] She attended a school in North Arm, Queensland before the family moved to Weipa when she was 12. She studied at Western Cape College, and then boarded at the Townsville Grammar School in Townsville in 2009. [7] After finishing school in 2011, she went to study nursing at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. However, she left after six months and moved to Gladstone to be with her future husband Shane Orr. There she worked for a time as a dental assistant, and then as a lab technician. [5] [8]

Toomey competed in athletics while she was at school as a runner. [8] While in Gladstone, she focused on 400m hurdling, and was introduced to CrossFit by Shane Orr who had used it to supplement his training while he was playing for Gladstone Union Rugby. [9] She was initially reluctant to try the sport, but became involved and started participating in CrossFit competitions in 2013. [8] [10] She learned the basics of weightlifting through her CrossFit classes. [11]

Competitions

CrossFit Games

Toomey first compete in the CrossFit Open less than a month after learning CrossFit in 2013. [8] The following year she qualified for the Regionals, but was only ranked 18th in the Australian Regional. [12] Toomey first qualified for the CrossFit Games in 2015 after two years of CrossFit competitions. She finished runner-up to Katrín Davíðsdóttir in her debut year, and was named Rookie of the Year. [13] After another second place finish in 2016, she won her first Games at the 2017 CrossFit Games in a tight finish, beating fellow Australian Kara Webb by only two points. [14] The following two years at the 2018 and 2019 CrossFit Games, she won convincingly, and became the first woman to win three CrossFit Games. [15]

In 2020, Toomey extended her record to four consecutive wins. Her performance in 2020 was the most dominant display ever by a female CrossFit athlete at the Games, winning 9 of the 12 events in the final stage at the Games, with a margin of victory of 360 points. [16]

Olympics

Toomey lifted her then-personal best 187 lb (85 kg) clean and jerk in a CrossFit competition in September 2013 after training for only 6 months, [8] and she caught the attention of the weightlifting coach Miles Wydall. He offered to coach Toomey on weightlifting and encouraged Toomey to try to get to the Rio Olympics representing Australia, which she qualified for after just 18 months of serious weightlifting training. [11] Because she participated in the Olympic weightlifting event at 2016 Summer 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. [17] Many CrossFit writers defended Toomey's performance, citing 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. [18] She competed in the Women's 58 kg weightlifting competition at the Rio Olympics and finished 14th. [19]

In December 2020, Toomey announced her plan to train with the Australian bobsleigh team and try to qualify for the 2022 Winter Olympics to be held in China. [20] In her first bobsled competition in South Korea in February 2021, she won two races as brakewoman in a two-woman bobsled team. [21]

Commonwealth Games

Toomey also competed in weightlifting at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She won gold in the 58 kg (128 lb) event with a combined total of 201 kg (443 lb). [22]

Personal life

Toomey met her husband and coach, Shane Orr, while she was still in high school and they were both participating in a local triathlon event in Weipa. [23] [24] They married in 2017. [2] They used to own a gym in Gladstone, [10] which they sold in early 2019 when they 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 and 2020 CrossFit Games. [25]

She appeared in a Super Bowl LV commercial along with fellow CrossFitter Josh Bridges. [26]

CrossFit Games results

YearGames [27] Regionals [27] Open (Worldwide) [27]
2013 5954th
2014 18th (Australia)241st
2015 2nd3rd (Pacific)63rd
2016 2nd2nd (Pacific)82nd
2017 1st2nd (Pacific)18th
2018 1st1st (Pacific)12th
YearGamesQualifierOpen
2019 1st1st (WZA) [28] 6th (world)
1st (Australia)
2020 1st1st (Mayhem) [29]
1st (WZA) [30]
4th (world)
1st (Australia)

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