Photo by:Jota Murillo
Today marks the announcement of the 2014 CrossFit Games Open WOD 14.2, which will take place at one of South Florida’s Original & Premier CrossFit Boxes (I Am CrossFit). There will be lots of fanfare, lights, cameras, beer and even a few CrossFit celebrities on hand for the event. The event will feature many notable names in the CrossFit community, including CrossFit Games Director Dave Castro, Rory McKernan, Talyana Fortunato, Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet and Steph Hammerman.
While most in the CrossFit community can probably pick most of the above mentioned names out of a line up (especially Camille), Steph Hammerman has recently become increasingly more recognized in this Community of ours. Steph is not only gaining notoriety here in South Florida, but all over the USA and as far away as Iceland, Australia and South America. Steph, who has been nicknamed “The Hammer”, hasn’t garnered her attention based on winning large scale events or coaching elite athletes to victory. With a strong work ethic and a seemingly unstoppable motor, she has literally pulled, pushed, pressed, jumped, ran, lifted and worked her way to where she is today.
Steph Hammerman is the First Woman with Cerebral Palsy to earn her CrossFit Level 1 Certification. She currently trains and coaches out of CrossFit Conquest in Davie, FL. She also has recently taken up Motivational Speaking and last month was a featured speaker at the NACA conference in Boston. She has also spoken to numerous local High School Athletic teams and just two weeks ago was a guest Speaker at University of Miami’s Greek Week. Steph has also begun to conduct Adaptive Seminars where she provides both Athletes and Coaches with a perspective on her daily life and remaining active while living with Cerebral Palsy. She even programs an Adaptive WOD for all seminar participants.
Steph Hammerman does all this while completing a Graduate degree at Nova Southeastern University, she is a busy lady to say the least. Steph wakes up everyday with 2 distinct things on her mind: 1) How can she better herself as an Athlete, Coach and Motivator & 2) How can she pay tribute and bring awareness to all the Talented and Hard Working Adaptive Athletes out there.
While she may not be a household name or a World Champion CrossFitter, Steph Hammerman has surely proven one thing… She deserves your Attention.
(A portion of the proceeds go directly to Steph as well as the CrossRoads Adaptive Athletic Alliance)
Steph Hammerman takes on CrossFit Open WOD 14.1