SMAI Athlete Jessica Coughlan Pumped for Crossfit Games Debut

Article | James Utai-Cairns


What does it mean to you to qualify for the Crossfit Games?

It is a testament to the years of hard work that I have put in. That’s not just myself but my whole support team, it really is an amazing feeling.

What’s different this year?

This year I was mentally a lot stronger and my training was definitely a lot more consistent. I had so much more confidence going in. I knew if I did my best it would hopefully be good enough, and I’m really happy that it was.



Now that you know you will be competing, what is your lead up going to look like?

The next few months of training will be really varied. I’ll be getting outside utilising different equipment like dead balls and sand bags and all those sorts of things. It will really be about just making sure I am really well rounded in my fitness.

How badly will you miss your animals?

I’m going to miss them so much! I literally have to look up a pet sitter months in advance, and write a detailed document of instructions. They are such a rowdy bunch. They are the ones I will miss the most so it’s going to be hard.

How many animal children do you have?

4 dogs, 4 cats, 4 ducks, 8 chickens.


What is it about crossfit?

What I love about crossfit is that you are constantly challenging yourself. There is always new elements introduced which means you can never be really good at everything. Having so many elements to train increases that competitive aspect. You can do it with your friends or on your own. It’s a great feeling to be well rounded and be a part of the community.