This year’s Southeast Regional was held in West Palm Beach, Florida and was comprised of the best athletes in Georgia, Florida, Alabama and South Carolina. As most of you know, this is an event that you had to qualify for, not just show up with an entry fee. WCCF as a team went in seeded 19th in the Southeast and continued to be a force throughout the competition. Our Affiliate team’s roster this year was filled by Chris Harris, Merritt Logan, Sam Widman, Marlin Jones, Devin Griffin and Wendy Butler. I could not have been more proud of our gym, as this was our 3rd Regional showing in that many years. These athletes showed great work ethic and determination as they plowed their way through the workouts of the weekend. In typical World Camp fashion, our athletes never quit or got down, even when their backs were up against the wall. For those that went and cheered in person to the ones that had to stay and do so from the home front, you should all be so proud of your athletes and that you call WCCF “home.”
This year we had two individuals competing in the Southeast Regional as well. Kirk Gibson and Rio Landa both had a great showing and are quickly making a name for themselves in the “Sport of Fitness.” The 19 year old Kirk Gibson was the youngest individual to qualify for the competition however, showed very adult like poise as he competed against more seasoned athletes. Finishing in the top 11 in 3 of the grueling workouts, Kirk managed to place in the top 20 out of the four states that make up our Region! Rio Landa stayed impressively consistent throughout the entire weekend, battling through every workout as if it was just another day at the gym. Rio finished the weekend just as strong as she started, earning her a 13th place finish out of the 60 that were qualified to participate. A huge “THANK YOU” and a “GREAT JOB” to all that participated in the Open in order to get a team to regionals and the same to those who competed!