I have loved to compete since primary school; where I lived for sport, particularly running, and would push myself to the limit to become better than yesterday. It may come as a surprise to you, but I always came second. I was always the underdog, that person who just fell short. I never gave up, I just felt that fire in my belly get stronger and stronger – I wanted do more, be more, achieve more.
The day I finally came first was something I had always dreamed of. At twenty-four years old, I was crowned the winner of the 2017 Crossfit Games and officially became the Fittest Woman on Earth. When I heard my name called in front of thousands of cheering fans, I felt like I was invincible. I was on top of the world and suddenly everything up until that point actually made sense.
With the support of my partner, Shane, my family and my coaches along the way, I was able to achieve my dream of being number one. This is the story of how I got to where I am today. I hope you enjoy it but more importantly I hope it inspires you to dream big, work hard and never give up!
I loved this book! I watched Tia’s win on a Netflix documentary and to me she was one of the most humble competitors. She is an amazing athlete from a humble background who really had to work for everything she got. Her relationship with her husband/coach Shane is beautiful. They make an amazing team. Whether you just workout for fitness like me or if you are an athlete in any field you can relate to her struggles, self confidence issues and her ultimate victories over all make her an amazing role model.
Reading about Tia and her journey so far was fun and I found myself smiling many times from either having something in common with her or remembering the games. It was motivating to read, made me laugh and made me appreciate the games athletes even more. It’s been awesome to see her come into her own.
About the Author
Tia Clair Toomey is an Australian weightlifter and CrossFit Games athlete. She competed in the women’s 58 kg event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast and won gold. She competed in the women’s 58 kg event at the 2016 Summer Olympics and came in 14th. 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.
Toomey began participating in CrossFit in 2013 after primarily being a runner. She learned the basics of weightlifting through her CrossFit classes. She was approached by the weightlifting coach Miles Wydall after he saw her lift what was then her personal best 80 kg clean and jerk in a CrossFit competition. 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. She would also qualify for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
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. 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). 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 event with a combined total of 201 kg.
Toomey owns a gym with her husband, Shane.
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