Dubbo Crossfit have held the first in what will likely be an annual fixture, with their pairs competition 'The Dubbo Classic' recently taking place across the weekend.
The competition, split between an advanced and a beginner's division, invited pairs of competitors to test their athletic ability against other pairings from around the region, with $4000 up for grabs as part of the prize pool.
Entrants who competed paid a $100 entry fee, with all proceeds generated by competitors being donated to the McGrath Foundation, according to Crossfit Dubbo's Duncan Stephens.
While there hasn't been a final tally yet, Stephens said Dubbo Crossfit had blown past $5000 in donations.
"It was a good success, we had a good amount of teams, about sixty that all turned up and it all seemed to flow pretty nicely," Stephens said.
"Hopefully it'll keep going, the plan is to have it be an annual event, it's all about raising money for charity, it's a non-for profit event."
While the money generated for charitable causes is a powerful motivator, Stephens says the competition itself could potentially be a big boost for athletics in the Central West, noting that there aren't many Crossfit competitions currently catering to the audience there.
"It's excellent for the Central West, usually you'd have to travel to the coastal areas, there's not too many over this side of the mountains, so having something here makes it available to the local regions, we've got people from Tamworth, Lithgow, Bathurst and Wagga coming here, which is great," Stephens said.
Despite the difficulties in travelling this weekend with rain lashing the Central West, Stephens says there was a strong contingent of competitors battling for the top spots in the advanced category, with some of the region's best Crossfit competitors looking toward the next big regional contest after performing well in Dubbo.
"We had some pretty high level athletes, we did have the two levels going between beginners and advanced, but on the highest level, we had competitors that have made sanctional events from around Australia, which is the pinnacle in terms of competition for Crossfit," Stephens said.
"We had four people here that have qualified for the sanctional down in Woolongong and they all had to work very hard here to earn the positions they held at the top of our competition by the end of the weekend."
While the advanced competitors secured strong results, the broad field in the beginners competition was a good showing for Dubbo Crossfit's efforts to branch out, according to Stephens.
"We had a few parent-child teams who showed up, it was actually mostly parent-daughter pairings in the beginners, which was really good to see, there was children down to the age of thirteen competing, which just shows how it caters to all levels of people, we work it out so they can all enjoy that competition atmosphere."