WINNER: Reede McHugh competing at the Fittest in the Bay event at Hervey Bay. McHugh won the event for the second year in a row.
WINNER: Reede McHugh competing at the Fittest in the Bay event at Hervey Bay. McHugh won the event for the second year in a row. Contributed

Reede McHugh defends Fittest in the Bay title

REEDE McHugh didn't think he was going to get the chance to defend his Fittest in the Bay title earlier this month, the birth of his second child proving a logistical nightmare.

In the end, his son Zander was born on the final day of registrations, so McHugh decided to put his name in.

While the lead-up to the event was not what McHugh would have liked, he walked away with his second title in two years.

"Sorting out the logistics for travelling with a newborn and toddler was a great distraction and certainly made the lead-up interesting," he said.

"It felt awesome to win with a few familiar faces in the crowd."

McHugh was not alone in Hervey Bay this year, a team of six from Raw Movement Tannum Sands was also at the competition.

For three of the athletes, it was the first such competition they had attended.

The nerves didn't stop the first-timers, Dylan Toms and Jane Preston, finishing in the top eight of their categories.

Toms actually had to do extra competition to finish in the finals.

"He was tied for eighth and had to do an extra tie-breaker against a guy from Hervey Bay," McHugh said.

"It was max deadlifts in 30 seconds and Dylan got out 26 at 100kg.

"An extra 2.5 tonnes at the end of the day was taxing."

Trevor Tickner, Tyson Pool and Joshua Pool also attended the Fittest in the Bay, and along with the other Raw Movement athletes are getting ready for the Elite Fitness League in Rockhampton later this year.

In the back of the athletes' minds will be the Hervey Bay event for next year though, with McHugh already highlighting room for improvement.

"There are a few guys that will be working on the soft sand and water before next year as it proved the difference," he said.


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