Australian Day throwdown grows in stature

Jemmie Gunn and Alexander Rudd competing in the 2020 Australia Day Throwdown.

The Australian Day throwdown may only be in its second year of existence, but organisers are already preparing for the event to grow into one of the region’s most popular annual CrossFit events. 

Hosted by The McMahon Method (TMM) Tumut on January 23 and 24, the event is now a two-day pairs competition, which will attract competitors of all different levels from all over the state.

“It’s now become a two-day event, and we have opened the fields up to 70 teams, which grew from the 50 teams last year,” event organiser, Luke McMahon said.  

“We also put the prizemoney up from $1000 to $2000 for the main events and we want to run it every year. 

“It is going to be an annual event, and we might change bits and pieces, and we might change categories, but the competition will go ahead every year.”

Hosting RX male pairs, RX female pairs, scaled male pairs, scaled female pairs, master 40 plus and teens under 15 male pairs and master 40 plus and teens under 15 female pairs, the competition is open to all walks of life. 

“The most we have entered in any one event at the moment is the scaled men’s; we have 11 teams that have signed up,” McMahon said. 

The event has moved location this year, with the Saturday being held at the Tumut Swimming Pool and Hockey Fields, before progressing to True North Helicopter hangers on the Sunday. 

“We are using the pool, which is unique to us and hard to coordinate. We are also using the hockey fields, and True North helicopters are letting us use their shed on the Sunday,” McMahon said.  

“It’s exciting because we are using the town.”

McMahon is aiming to make the two days as versatile as possible, in turn testing athletes and making them want to return again in 2022 and beyond. 

“Most of the competitors don’t know the events when they are signing up, and we have only just started releasing those events this week, but we need to program them to be as versatile as possible and really test everyone,” McMahon said. 

“One event that will be exciting involves a 100m sled push, into a 200m run, back into a 100m sled push.

“Last year, we did the run up the bush and people were excited because we run quite different events and not every CrossFit event can do unique bush runs and some of the things we do.”

The two days of CrossFit doesn’t happen overnight though, and McMahon acknowledged those who had helped behind the scenes. 

“We have some great sponsors this year, and they have all jumped on board and there are 20-odd volunteers from the gym who are helping out,” McMahon said. 

The Australia Day Throwdown is open to the public, and McMahon hoped to see a big crowd supporting local competitors. 

“We want to see people coming out and supporting our local event and local competitors,” McMahon said. 

“After such a big year of having nothing, which followed on from Covid and fires, it is good to be able to run something like this.”

The event can host up to 300 people, and will be catered by Kat’s Whiskers and the Coffee Pedaler, with anyone interested in attending encouraged to contact The McMahon Method. 

Australian Day Throwdown schedule

Day 1 

Events 1 and 2 at Tumut Swimming Pool – 8am-11am.

Events 3 and 4 at Tumut Hockey Fields – 12pm-4pm.

Day 2 

Event 5, 6, 7 and 8 at True North helicopters – 8am-3pm.