High School Soccer, Basketball and Track
College All-American Soccer Player at Clemson
Member of the 2002 Women’s professional soccer league
CrossFit games regional Athlete 2011-2014
For as long as I can remember, athletics and competing have been a part of my life and a way for me to test my character. In my teenage years, I excelled as an athlete and chose to play soccer at Clemson. I was blessed to start for my 4 years there and be a member of a top-10 collegiate team. After college I was drafted into the Women’s professional soccer league (WUSA) and played with some of the best. Shortly there after I suffered a career ending knee injury. For 8 years I bounced in and out of the surgery and physical therapy rooms, the whole time feeling like something was missing. I needed something new. After talking to a few friends, I decided to try out CrossFit. At first the sport seemed nuts but after some peer pressure I signed up for the 2011 Open and was lucky enough to be a member of a qualifying regional team. After watching the individual women compete I was hooked and made a goal to be ‘one of them.’
CrossFit has tested my level of fitness and has enabled me to break down mental barriers that have allowed me to realize I am a lifetime athlete, not a college athlete. Now my goal is to create that same space for others. I believe we are all able to do and be more than we can imagine and the CrossFit community is a space that allows people to discover their potential. I’m honored to be a coach to those around me and share my experience, knowledge and learnings so that others can find their own inner lifetime athlete.
Posted on Thu, August 22, 2013
by Ben Williamson