Kylie McGrath makes a splash while completing the obstacle course
Kylie McGrath makes a splash while completing the obstacle course Marc Stapelberg

Tea Pots too hot for competition at Lismore Samson Challenge

IT was a gruelling weekend for the 80 teams that took part in this year's Samson Fitness Challenge which required competitors to climb, crawl, sprint and swim their way to the finish line.

But it was all for a good cause with early estimates indicating $15,000 was raised for local charity Our Kids.

For the first time in the charity fundraiser's history, the GFX Men's team was beaten by the Tea Pots.

For the Tea Pots it was just reward for perseverance after they finished second in 2014, edged out by just 30 seconds.

"It was great to finally get a win," Tea Pots captain Sam Stewart said.

Mr Stewart said the team members regularly train at Cross Fit Ballina but adopted a pretty relaxed approach ahead of the Samson, completing just one joint training session.

High temperatures on Saturday ensured that the challenge lived up to its name.

"We really asked some tough questions of ourselves," Mr Stewart said.

"At times I was wondering what I was doing out there."

The women's division was also taken out by a team from Ballina Crossfit.

"We are all pretty stoked," Mr Stewart said.

Lismore woman Demi Jefferys, who combined with Taylor Moore, Aimmee Waddell and Kaela McRae in the Beauty Spot Babes team, said the challenge had thrown up some tough obstacles.

The debutants completed the gruelling challenge in 1 hour and 33 minutes but Ms Jefferys, a personal trainer at Snap Fitness, said they had done their best to prepare for the event.

"We didn't practise too much but we all train at the same gym so we had a few goes here and there practising the rowing," Ms Jefferys said.

"I trained them but it's harder to push yourself.

"I think 90% is mental. You have cramps in your legs and your muscles hurt but you've got to keep going."

Samson Challenge organiser Rebekka Battista said the event had the same number of participants as last year with more volunteers and spectators turning out this year.

Ms Battista said 80 enthusiastic volunteers had made sure the day ran smoothly.

"It was fantastic, possibly the best Samson yet," she said.

Ms Battista said planning is already underway to make sure next year's event would be just as exciting and fresh.



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