Fan Battle Team Spotlight: Jamie Light
Our first team spotlight comes straight from Japan with Reebok CrossFit Asia's coach Jamie Light.
No stranger to the competitive scene, Light is coach to veteran CrossFit athletes Daniel Hershey and Vanessa Fung, has led RCF Asia to Carson in years 2011 and 2013.
When we asked Jamie to put together his dream team, this was what he came up with:
Picking both the third and sixth seed took $67 of Jamie's $100 salary cap for male athletes ($35 for Daniel and $32 for Clay) but he gains strong competitive experience. Daniel Hershey represented Asia in the 2012 CrossFit Games, finishing his best heat on someone else's bike. Hershey believes that training day in and day out to perform his absolute best during competition - as was evidenced by his impressive Walking Dead time of 12:45 (5th overall in the Championships).
Sixth seed Clay Braden competed in the CrossFit Games Asia Regionals in both 2013 and 2014. Clay also had a strong outing in the Central Sectional, tying for first and second in Double Shot A (235lbs.) and Double Shot B (280lbs.) respectively.
Jamie also saw how deep our pool of athletes is this year at the Asia Championships, selecting 30th seed Job Wi ($13), 32nd seed John Cheah ($10) and 33rd seed Nadzri Harif ($9).
Representing CrossFit MNL South, born-and-bred pride of the Philippines Job Wi thrilled the crowd in the Manila Throwdown with a 300 lbs. clean and jerk. Job relishes the community support that exists in the CrossFit Community and is motivated to improve and prove that he is better today then he was yesterday.
John Cheah is an actor and dancer based in Singapore. Cheah has come a long way from his chubby and crash dieting days before finally finding a functional purpose to eat and train healthily. The CrossFit Statera coach's slow rise to the competitive scene can be largely credited to Lewis Chua, Weightlifting representative for Singapore in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Rounding out the male athletes for Team Light is Nadzri Harif, the part-magician, part-DJ and 100% competitor out of Reebok CrossFit 673 in Brunei. Nadzri has a strong sporting past, especially in endurance sports (and spinning classes) stating nothing beats the adrenaline rush when you're on the competition floor. While he works on improving every workout, Nadzri also trains other CrossFit athletes at RCF673.
Shifting to Light's female selections, Light knows the three of his picks well, seeing them train at RCF Asia. Ninth overall seed Avi Campbell ($27), 12th seed Ashley Cunningham ($26), and 18th seed Christen McCool ($17) all call the Okinawa box their home.
With the support of her family and team Avi Campbell took on her first CrossFit competition in Hong Kong, leveraging her military experience (Avi is active duty Air Force) to a second place finish in the Central Sectional. Though she doesn't like not knowing all the workouts before they happen, the sounds and adrenaline that come with the countdown to an event are her favorite part about competing
Coming out of the sectionals, Ashley Cunningham is the female record holder for both Double Shot events, with a 140lbs. snatch and 180lbs. clean and jerk. Like Avi, Ashley is motivated by her team and thrives on the atmosphere of the competition, especially when you achieve something you didn't think you could do.
Light also selected 15th seed Emily Deahl ($25) from the CrossFit MeWellness box in Shanghai. Emily was introduced to CrossFit by her sister and has been hooked since the first WOD. Emily brings a well-rounded foundation of strength and endurance with 7:08 finish in the Fran Up sectionals and a max clean and jerk of 175lbs.
The sectionals were the first competition for Christen McCool's as well. The mother of four was an endurance athlete in middle school/college and has used that experience to see how she stacks up against other athletes and identify opportunities for improvement in her own skills.
The final member of Jamie's team is 31st seed Cassandra Aebersold($5) from CrossFit Chamorri in Guam. The 31 year-old ICU nurse is a life-long athlete spending much of her free time training in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Any time that Cassandra can push past her limits is a defining moment for her, such as the time when she was finally able to clean and jerk her body weight.
Learn more about our finalists over at our official Asia Championships page