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13-Year-Old Vosaki Eyes 2025 Crossfit Games in Miami

The Qalikarua, Matuku, Lau native is the youngest participant at one of the three most prestigious CrossFit competitions in the world - Wodapalooza. 
09 Nov 2023 13:20
13-Year-Old Vosaki Eyes 2025 Crossfit Games in Miami
Tahlia Faith Tamatea Vosaki .

CrossFit may not be a popular in the Oceania region but Tahlia Faith Tamatea Vosaki is stamping her mark on the sport.

The Qalikarua, Matuku, Lau native is the youngest participant at one of the three most prestigious CrossFit competitions in the world – Wodapalooza.

Her mother is from Gisborne on the East Coast of New Zealand (Ngati Porou).

The competition will be held in Miami, Florida from January 11-14, the 13-year-old Vosaki will represent New Zealand.

 

Top qualifier 

Vosaki is competing in a division where only ten are qualified to compete and is also the only athlete representing Oceania/Pacific region in her age category.

She has a younger sister Milan Vosaki and a half-sister who is older Rhiley Vosaki.

Vosaki started lifting/CrossFit when she was eight-years-old; started off doing kids classes then joined adult classes.

“Crossfit is constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more,” she said.

“I chose this as my favorite sport because it is fun. I enjoy doing it every day and I also love the movements.

“My favourite movements are handstand walking, ring muscle up and Olympic lifting. I was just inspired by the sport itself.”

Vosaki made 3rd place podium in a CrossFit competition, competing against adults, and also recently finished in the top 10 in the world in the 13-15 age group division in an international competition – Wodapalooza.

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Fittest teen

“My goal is to make the Crossfit Games in 2025 – compete for the title of fittest teen on Earth.

“One major challenge is covering the cost of competing,” Vosaki added.

A fundraising has been done online to raise funds for her accommodation, flights and food while in Miami for approximately 11 days.

“My biggest supporters are my parents, they are the reason I do this every day. They were the reason I took up Crossfit watching them train every day at our local gym in Taupo. They always make sure I am ready for training, I’m doing my mobility and also have the right gear for training.

“In the sport of Crossfit my dream is to become a professional athlete and also be the fittest on Earth.

Vosaki also acknowledged her coach Komihana Mitchell who helped to where she is today.

She will be home-schooled to concentrate more on her training.

 

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