As a morning ritual, I go through my emails before getting out of bed. Scrolling down the accumulated emails from the day before an email title caught my eye “2019 Reebok CrossFit Game Individual Athlete Invite”. Have I really got accepted and qualified for the CrossFit Games?!
My name is Edmund Tan, born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and currently reside in Hong Kong.I started CrossFit in hope of regaining my strength after I got injured from rock climbing in 2007 and gone through a major shoulder reconstruction which put me out of any physical activities for over a year and a half. While training CrossFit in Malaysia, my passion for coaching came about quite spontaneously as I found pleasure sharing my training tips with friends.
2011 was the first year of the CrossFit Game Open introduced to the world, I fought hard and got qualified to compete in the CrossFit Games Asia Regional. Then followed by 2012 CrossFit Games Asia Regional as individual. In 2013,I was invited to be Head Coach of CrossFit 852 and since then I have been living in Hong Kong pursuing my dream job as a CrossFit coach. The following 2 years 2014 and 2015, I was competing as part of the Team CrossFit 852 in the CrossFit Games Pacific Regional. These experiences proved to be an up and down roller coaster of emotion, but that one thing that wasn’t up and down, was your belief and support in me, friends from all around cheering loud during those CrossFit Open attempts, the kind words and wishes from everyone during the CrossFit Regional, it strengthen me more each time I think about these moments you gave me.
Over the years of hard training, never in my wildest dream have I thought I will be accepted to the games and I must hold tightly to this golden opportunity. Having to travel around for competition numerous time, I have learned how costly it is competition can be. Air fares, a hotel/ house for over a week, transportation, food, daily expenses, etc. It is an expensive trip to say the least. Again, it is impossible for me to do this without your support, and I can not thank you all enough for your unwavering support!
A rough idea of the information I have gathered:
Airfare (from Hong Kong - Madison) = ~HKD15,000
Hotel Accomodation (1 week) = ~HKD10,000
or House Accomodation (1 week) = ~HKD9,000
Transportaion (1 week) = ~HKD2,700
Daily Expenses (1 week) = ~HKD1000
Total = ~HKD37,700