As a freshman in high school, Casey qualified for the USA Weightlifting Junior Nationals Weightlifting meet in the Mississippi Weightlifting Championship with a 99kg total. She went 5 for 6 on her attempts in her very first weightlifting meet–demonstrating great mental focus and determination.
Casey Ferguson is a special kind of athlete. She’s played and excelled in every sport imagineable: softball, soccer, basketball, cross country, track and field, local road races, weightlifting, obstacle racing and CrossFit. She has played varsity soccer, track, and cross country since 7th grade, and in fact, was part of the St. Patrick Catholic High School varsity state champion cross country team as a 7th grader. Despite her great success in mulitple sports, Casey places humility and sportsmanship at the top of her priorities. As a sophomore, she is the captain of the d’Iberville High School Lady Warriors Cross Country team. At every meet, you will find Casey warming up her team (boys and girls) and giving her team mates pep talks and words of encouragement before, during, and after the race. Casey’s team mates know they can count on her for motivation and support. Casey’s favorite sport is basketball, and she hopes to play college basketball one day. This will be her first year to play varsity basketball, and she is working to make a big impact for her team and a name for herself as a top player on the Coast and beyond.
This weekend Casey will be representing Bandit CrossFit at the Pensacola Beach Brawl along with her friends and fellow Bandit Teen Athlete team mates, Brooke Trochesset (junior), Kayli White (freshman), and Gracie Ferguson (8th grade). We are banking that the Bandit Teens will be the youngest team in participation, and we couldn’t be prouder of them. They’ve been working together for months to prepare for the competition, and we know they will inspire their fellow competitors just as they have their gym family. More about Casey:
How long have you been doing CrossFit?
I’ve been doing serious CrossFit since Christmas of 2013.
What is your CrossFit competition experience?
My first competition was the 2011 Pound for Pound competition in Montgomery, Ala. I competed in the women’s beginner division placing 7th overall. I was only 12 years old. I didn’t compete again until the Mako CrossFit Feeding Frenzy team competition in Pensacola this past Spring. I competed in the scaled mixed team division with fellow Bandits, Kim Colle, Justin Smith, and Garrett Turner. We placed 1st overall.
Why did you choose to compete in the Beach Brawl?
I decided to compete because I thought it would be fun to compete on a team with my best friends. I’m used to being the youngest person on a team, so it’s nice to be on a team with people my age. It’s also my 16th birthday on competition day, so I wanted to go big and compete at the Beach Brawl for the first time.
What makes you want to do CrossFit competitions?
Well, my mom owns Bandit Crossfit, and I’m naturally competetive. So, why not compete in something that I enjoy, and is something that “normal” kids don’t get to compete in.
What are you goals at the Beach Brawl?
To do the best I can with my team mates and to help us as a team to do the best we can
What movements do you hope to see at the Beach Brawl?
What movements do you not want to see at the Beach Brawl?
Why do you do CrossFit?
I do CrossFit because it keeps me in the best shape, and it’s nice to walk around school and people know me as “that CrossFit chick.” CrossFit makes me feel good about myself, too, to be honest.
Why do you choose Bandit CrossFit?
Well, I have no choice but to be at Bandit. But, I would go there even if my mom didn’t own it because the best of the best go there and the people treat me like I’m a part of the family. We all respect each other.
Casey was part of the first place scaled Bandit team at the Mako CrossFit Feeding Frenzy in Pensacola this past Spring. Pictured on podium in first place (l-r) Casey, Justin Smith, Garrett Turner and Kim Colle.
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