Mum, son off to big stage
Dunsborough-based CrossFit athletes Gaye Cockram-Joyce and Cal Foster have plenty to celebrate after the mother and son qualified for international functional fitness competitions.
Cockram-Joyce is placed No.1 in the women’s over-60s division for Masters HQ, a professional strength and conditioning competition series across Australia, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific, after winning the State qualifiers competition this month.
She will compete among other top athletes from WA in Rockingham on July 13, with the top two in each category then heading to Queensland in October for the Masters World Championships.
Foster, the head coach and co-owner of Dunsborough’s The Movement Fitness and Wellbeing, will travel to Sweden in August to compete at the International Functional Fitness Federation World Championships.
Foster was one of four athletes selected to represent Australia in the professional elite team division.
He said his mum had played a big role in his career success.
“Mum has always been involved with fitness so I grew up in that environment, always playing sport and being part of an active family,” he said.
“I definitely get my competitive drive from Mum and I’ve applied that to all my training.”
Cockram-Joyce, who is also a coach at The Movement, said support from family, community and the gym’s members played a role in both their successes.
“Cal has worked hard to get where he is today and where he’ll go in the future, and as a mother it’s natural to be so proud,” she said. “But there’s that extra level of understanding because as a competitor myself, I know what’s required.
“It’s not all physical, it’s a mind game, too.
“It takes a lot of strength and discipline.”
Foster has been competing professionally for three years, after he and wife Shelby opened The Movement in 2015.
“I owe so much of my success thanks to my wife, because honestly without her and her support, there’s no way I’d be able to put in the hours needed to train,” he said.
“The plan is to head over to Sweden as a team to represent Australia in a fast-growing sport.
“Our goal is to win, we won’t be going into the competition with the mindset of anything less.”
The IFFF is the governing body of competitive functional fitness and aims to get the sport to the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics.
Foster and his team are seeking sponsorship from local businesses and donations from the community to help with travel costs to Sweden.
To become a sponsor or to donate, contact The Movement on 0417 998 688 or visit them at 226 Naturaliste Terrace, Dunsborough
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