Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

No Barriers to Her Ambition Raising the Bar; Mackay CrossFit Star Shines High above the Pacific

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

No Barriers to Her Ambition Raising the Bar; Mackay CrossFit Star Shines High above the Pacific

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Byline: Daniel McKenzie daniel.mckenzie@dailymercury.com.au

CrossFit: Lifting the bar and dropping it with purpose, nurse cum CrossFit queen Christee Bishop makes the weights rattle like she's done thousands of times before.

Cutting a figure of fitness, Bishop's physique could give one a misguided vision of a long-term CrossFitter, masking the truth of a whirlwind, four-year journey, from beginner after a chance introduction sparked a run to becoming one of the country's best.

"I got introduced by my sister in-law, she knew I was into fitness and aerobics and played hockey," Bishop said.

"I did it once, and then I'd come back three times a week and slowly drifted away from the normal gym environment... it probably took six months and then I was just completely CrossFit.

"I was hooked."

An Australian schoolgirls hockey player, Bishop had the sporting pedigree, but it's her commitment to training and holistic approach to health which has helped her qualify for the Pacific Regionals in Sydney over the June long weekend.

Watching Bishop working her way seemingly effortlessly between weightlifting, skipping, and jumping, it's evident as to why Bishop qualified in the top 1 per cent of 12,000 athletes vying for the title of "fittest woman on earth".

Using her impressive biceps and strength to hoist cowbells over her head with purpose, it's easy to overlook the fact that Bishop juggles a full time job as a clinical nurse. But with her fearsome commitment and support from partner Kieran, CrossFit 4740's community and owner Jayne Siddans, and workmates, Bishop finds time to maintain a rigorous training regime.

"I train for three hours a day, five days a week, and I have what's called an active recovery, which is just swimming and running, and then I train for another two days then have a rest day," she said.

"My (regime) involves combination of weights, gymnastics and conditioning, I don't necessarily do weightlifting first, it just depends on how my coach structures the session. …

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