Maz Glover is one of our genuine hopes for a UK qualifier in the CrossFit Games Masters Division this year, but her performances equal those of the top individual women in Europe – proved by her qualifying for the European Regionals two years running and her impressive performance at the recent London Throwdown.
I first met Maz in Sweden in 2010 when she was competing in the individuals and I was the only woman competing in the Masters, it would have been a lonely experience for me if I hadn’t had the support of members of the British contingent, and Maz’s voice always stood out over the others. We have been friends ever since and the upcoming Raising the Bar European Masters Comp was actually Maz’s suggestion and she is one of the main energies behind it.
With the Open upon us this week, Maz will do everything in her power qualify in the 45-49 year old Masters group, and my money is on her succeeding. I’m not the only one, I spoke to a few other of her fans and this is what they had to say:
James Bish – Coach CrossFit Plymouth
Maz sets her sights high, I remember she asked me about 3 years ago if she was capable of competing at the CrossFit games, I told her anything is possible if you believe you can do it and you train hard and smart. In 2011 she missed an automatic spot for the masters by just 2 places, but was Europe’s No1 Female Master and qualified to compete with girl’s more than half her age at the Regionals. We attempted the last open WOD about 4 times to try and make the games, but she fell a few reps short. Maz has been training with other athletes who have different strength sets to her this year which will hopefully pull her through the open directly to the final. Throughout this she remains light hearted, approachable (she is a real mother figure in our box, but in this instance mum kicks everyone’s butt’s). Maz is a real credit to the sport of CrossFit and does more than anyone to make this accessible for all-comers.
Sam Briggs – fourth fittest woman on the Planet!
I first met Maz in Mildenhall at the UK sectionals for the 2010 CrossFit games, her energy and enthusiasm in all of the workouts really stood out to me. As a more mature competitor she was keeping the younger end calm but also showing them a thing or two! Since then I have seen Maz going from strength to strength. Last year she competed alongside competitors half her age at the Europeans proving she’s not to be taken with a pinch of salt! I’ll definitely be in her corner this year routing for her hopefully out in California!!
Ellie Carter Silk, CrossFit Plymouth and training buddy
Gosh where to start with Maz… I don’t think I’ve ever met someone so selfless; Maz has this inner drive to help everybody she comes across. She always strives to be the best that she can possibly be but on top of that she is even happier when someone else succeeds. She is an absolute superwoman, she works, takes care of her kids, plays netball, and CrossFit I’m sure she’s got her own time machine to get it all done!
She’s wonderful in short, she takes care of us all and our box would be lost without her. I just wish I had her deadlift!!!
Sharron Lowe, fellow CrossFit Master competitor
I first met Maz at the Divided We Fall games in Swansea in 2010 - I didn’t know her very well at the time but she stood out for me because of her amazing enthusiasm. I felt Maz’s disappointment when she didn’t make the cut for the Games in the Masters division but what was really impressive was that her performance in the Masters was good enough to put her into the top sixty of individuals, she almost foiled the organisers who hadn’t considered that could be a possibility at the time.
I watched her impressive performance at the London Throwdown and she is better than ever – I can’t see her not qualifying for the Games this year, I am really impressed with her enthusiasm and commitment, in fact I think I am actually really envious of it.
Good luck from Raising the Bar Maz
I also want to congratulate Heather Wynne, of CrossFit Tameside, on her recent bronze medal at the English Indoor Rowing championships. This was Heather’s first time in the competition and she put in a really competent performance, and rowed herself into a massive PB. Well done you.
Pic: Heather (on right) looking younger than her entry form said she was!