Sammy is proud of his podium finishes in Cyprus and at the SFFC Team event this year but it’s since just missing out on the Qualifiers that he has renewed his focus and is hard at work to make his idols become his rivals. Watch out for him in 2018!
How old are you, Sammy?
17 years old
How long have you been doing CrossFit and where do you train?
I’ve been doing crossfit for just under 2 years and I train at ULT Crossfit.
What keeps you coming back for more?What achievements are you most proud of?
I’ve always loved competition no matter what I was doing, and I hate not being able to do something. As crossfit has so many aspects and you need to be well rounded at everything to do well, that keeps me coming in to the gym everyday with a drive to always improve and a willingness to always learn. I know I’ll always have a weakness which means I’ll always have something to focus on.
What achievements are you most proud of?
The achievements I’m most proud of are my 2nd place finish at the Cyprus games this year and my 1st place finish at the SFFC team event also this year.
How was the Open / AGOQs / Games for you this year?
Before this years open had started I hadn’t put any pressure on myself to do well at all; I just wanted to finish as high as I could in my age category and on the box leaderboard!
After the 3rd week, myself and my coach thought I had a chance to get into the top 200 and into the online qualifiers so that added a little pressure to the last two workouts.
Unfortunately I finished the open about 5 places outside the top 200. I was gutted with this result at the time but it only made me want it even more next year. After the open was when I started taking crossfit seriously and my training has completely changed. In November I retested all the open workouts doing 1 each day for 5 days and I improved all of my scores on each workout massively.
What are your strengths?
My strengths I would say are my conditioning/endurance and barbell cycling, I like long painful workouts and being able to go to that dark place where I can see people slowing down or stopping and I’m able to keep going, that’s one of my favourite feelings during a workout.
What are your weaknesses?
my weaknesses are definitely strict gymnastics and things like ring muscle ups and rope climbs (I am working on all of these)
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Hopefully in 5 years time I will be a top crossfit athlete in the UK and doing as well as I can through this sport. I also hope to be coaching more full time at ULT.
Who does your programming?
My coach, John does all my programming through the ‘dynamic athlete programme’
Can we find you on social media?
My instagram name is @sammy_ultcrossfit
Who do you follow on social media that you’d recommend to others?
What’s always in your kitbag?
Lifters, tape, knee sleeves, gymnastic grips, deodorant, plenty of spare t-shirts!
What advice would you give to a young person just starting out in CrossFit?
Learn the basics and work hard every session, the results will come and you will achieve your goals through hard work in this sport, not talent.
Who or what inspires you?
If I had to choose a crossfit athlete that inspires me I’d have to say Josh Bridges; after he didn’t qualify for the games it could have been easy to through in the towel and retire at his age but he fought back the next year to get right to the top of the sport. His work ethic and mentality is incredible and that’s something I’ve tried to take into my training, also his amazing celebrations when winning workouts shows how much passion he has for this.
“Iron sharpens iron”
“Work until your idols become your rivals”