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Queensland CrossFit Couple Competes at World Championships

Hard work, sacrifice and prayer are keys to their success

Adam and Jay-lee Mansy, of Queensland, Australia, and members of team “CrossFit Urban Energy,” are among the fittest athletes on earth.

They recently competed in the 2021 NOBULL CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, placing seventh in the world.

Crossfit Urban Energy team,
Crossfit Urban Energy team,
Left to right: Katelin VanZyl, Jay-lee and Adam Mansy, Johann VanZyl, Crossfit Urban Energy© 2021 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Jay-lee is a leader of the children’s Primary organization, while Adam is a leader for young men in their congregation in Mudgeeraba, south of Brisbane.

Jay-lee says she always says a prayer before going out on the floor to compete. She is also mindful of the blessing of a healthy body.

“I had a brother and have a sister with disabilities,” she shared. “Heavenly Father has blessed me with a healthy, fully-functioning body and because I see the struggles my siblings go through each day, I try not to take it for granted. I have no excuses. I need to make the most of what I have been given and use the talents I’ve been blessed with. So I will never take for granted being able to compete.”

The 15th annual NOBULL CrossFit Games included athletes from more than 120 countries.

To qualify for the competition, CrossFit Urban Energy was required to qualify both as individuals and as a team. Among over 100,000 registrants, their team of two married couples, the Mansys and Johann and Katelin VanZyl, came third in the semi-finals for the Oceania region and then tied for first with a New Zealand team for the finals.

Training three to four hours a day, running their two CrossFit gyms on the Gold Coast, keeping on top of their two children’s schedules and serving in their church assignments keep the Mansy’s very busy.

They try to live the advice they give in their CrossFit gyms, “Strive for progress not perfection. Take the little wins along the way. Success is in the journey, and finally, your hard work will pay off.”

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