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Erin Bonett finds CrossFit glory at Celtic Games

Erin Bonett finds CrossFit glory at Celtic Games. (IOM Today)
Erin Bonett finds CrossFit glory at Celtic Games. (IOM Today)

She might come from a little known island, but Erin Bonett has reaped her first ever champion’s trophy in a major fitness competition at the Celtic Games in Belfast, North Ireland.

The 28 year old showed off her strength and stamina to win the women’s category of CrossFit contest going through various weightlifting, mobility and gymnastics based workouts.

“In the final there was maybe 12 girls. We had four different workouts to do so the first was three rounds of 50 skipping double unders, then 24 alternate kettlebell snatches and 10 back squats with 55kg,” Erin said.

From the four workouts Erin achieved three first places and one third place, to took home the Champion’s trophy and also £350 for her first place win.

Erin was specially invited to take part in the games after she took part in The Open, the first qualifying stage for the worldwide CrossFit Games earlier in June, and was one of the top women from the Celtic regions.

CrossFit combines a wide variety of movements including weightlifting, bodyweight movements and cardio exercises. It is a varied strength and conditioning programme, delivered at high intensity.

Erin and her husband Dan run the CrossFit IOM gym and said she has taken part in around seven or eight CrossFit competitions but this is the first contest where she has won first place as an individual.


Erin said her main goal now is to train so she can make it to the worldwide CrossFit Games: ‘I’m going to take the rest of the year to concentrate on getting to regionals of the CrossFit Games next year.’

The Celtic Games, which was held at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, saw more than 200 competitors battle it out to take home a trophy. It was made up by 40 invited athletes, along with 60 same sex teams of three.

Read more at: IOM Today