Doing It With A Smile
The Poseidon Fitness Series began in 2019 after a Saturday workout in Wicklow Strength and Fitness. We wanted to create a competition experience from a competitor’s perspective, drawing on experience as scaled, intermediate and RX competitors. The importance of timing, organisation, community, as well as good craic, were at the forefront when planning our first event, The Poseidon Games in June 2019.
The first Poseidon Games took place in Wicklow as a same-sex partner competition allowing athletes to compete with their training partners. The first Poseidon Games was everything we wanted and the incredible feedback from athletes and gyms meant we had to go again! After weathering the pandemic we were one of the first fitness events back in September of 2021. You can see more of that event in our 2021 YouTube video.
In 2023 we took The Poseidon Games to its biggest stage yet, The National Indoor Arena in Dublin. We welcomed over 500 people to Ireland’s premier sporting venue for a day filled with community, fitness and fun. The atmosphere was electric, check out our 2023 YouTueb Video for more.
In between national events, we aim to build up the grassroots of our sport with events in local gyms across Ireland. Since 2021 we have run over 15 in-house events as part of our Poseidon Tour program. We believe fitness is for everybody and will always strive to include as many people as possible in our events. Keep track of our story by following along on our socials.
I joined Wicklow Strength and Fitness aged 15 after falling off the bandwagon with other sports. I had a background in swimming and athletics which meant I enjoyed running workouts and was fairly awful at everything else. The addiction hit pretty quickly and I found myself spending as much time as possible in the gym, the cult member accusations came along quite quickly after that.
I began coaching and competing in 2017 and I’m still passionate about both. The atmosphere on the competition floor is electric and the idea of being able to recreate that feeling for other people stuck with me. In early 2019 Liam and I began talking about organising a competition together over a few pints and I decided that the idea was too good to forget about so I wrote it down in the notes on my phone and The Poseidon Games was born.
The highlight of working on The Poseidon Fitness series has been experiencing how supportive the Irish CrossFit community is. After we had to postpone The Poseidon Games twice in 2020 we were met with messages of understanding and support each time. I can’t wait to get back to organising events that cater for all levels of fitness and showcase Irish CrossFit at its best.
I’m lucky enough to have seen the sport of CrossFit from multiple perspectives. I joined a gym hoping to lose a bit of weight but CrossFit lit in a spark in me that has become a life’s passion over the ensuing years. Starting out as an athlete before becoming a coach and ultimately an affiliate owner at Wicklow Strength and Fitness with the mission to spread that spark to as many people as possible. By viewing The Poseidon Series from these different viewpoints, we are able to provide high quality events that will cater to all stakeholders within the Functional Fitness community.
Our showpiece event, The Poseidon Games was born to create a competition that was built from the athlete’s perspective. To build the competition that we as CrossFit athletes would love to compete in! Coupling that with the desire to make a unique and fun experience for all of those in attendance led to the success of the inaugural Games in 2019. A success that we will build on in future events by remaining true to our core message of “Do it with a Smile”.
As a coach and affiliate owner, The Poseidon Tour is something of a dream. It brings the competition to the individual gyms and allows for a unique and intimate event that we view as investing in the Grassroots side of the sport. It takes the fear away from making the leap to larger scale competitions like our own Poseidon Games. Passion for CrossFit is born in the gym and I am delighted to be able to help coaches and affiliate owners create and nurture that passion that binds us all as part of the Irish CrossFit community.