Ryan McCarthy

CrossFit Games Athlete, Masters Athlete, Olympic Lifter.

Physical hard work has been a consistent part of Ryan McCarthy’s life. As a young boy growing up in Turangi, Ryan was into many sports from motor X, swimming and athletics to hunting, snow and water skiing. However, Rugby League and Gymnastics were his main focus. He used to attend league training after school and then go from league training to gymnastics for 2.5 hours three days a week. His two league coaches were good, tough kiwi blokes, who put fitness first. 

During his secondary schooling, Ryan transitioned into Athletics in the summer and rugby during the winter, where he excelled in both obtaining national titles and representative rugby teams. 

After school, rugby became Ryan’s main focus, where he eventually accumulated 52 first-class games for North Otago and had one season with the Highlanders Super Rugby Team in 2007.

Eventually, Ryan retired from rugby in 2010 but still kept active and found Olympic Weightlifting the same year at MacLeans College in Auckland where he was teaching. Under the watchful eye for Rory Barrett (1976 Olympian), he obtained a Silver in the North Island Championships and a Bronze in 77kg weight class at the New Zealand Nationals in 2010. Moving away from his coach and starting a new job in Hamilton, Ryan was introduced into CrossFit during 2014.

Being a naturally competitive person, competing in the sport of fitness was the next natural progression. While his first competition in 2014 was a rude awakening, he caught the CrossFit bug and has been competing ever since. He has competed in numerous competitions since and set his sights on qualifying for the CrossFit Games as a Master in the 40-44 years category.  Finishing 12th in the World in 2019, Ryan has the belief and work ethic, which saw him place 6th in the World in the 2020 Age Group Online Qualifier, punching him a ticket to the CrossFit Games. A reward only the top 0.1% of CrossFit athletes will ever obtain. 

Scheduled for August 2020 in Aroma’s California, Ryan was devastated to learn that Covid19 has robbed him of his chance to attend the very event he has been working towards for the last 6 years.  With the announcement, also came the news that in 2021, all athletes will again have to start from scratch. While bitterly disappointed Ryan is also understanding for the need during this time and is prepared and ready to commit to another year of grind.

Kill Cliff are excited to be sponsoring an athlete such as Ryan who continuously displays their shared ethics of hard work, passion and a drive for committing to being the best you can be…every single day.

Ryan’s discount code is ryan2020. Enter this at the check out to receive a 10% discount off your drinks purchase. Additionally, Kill Cliff will donate a further 10% to Ryan to support his bid to get to the games in 2021.