So what has been the happenings in the Box during October 2014?:


We welcomed Tamatoa (16) and Strickland (17) Tangimetua into the box. They will be spending 4 months with us till they depart our shores on a rugby scholarship to Rangiora High School in New Zealand. If you see them around, say hello and congratulate them for such an awesome opportunity.


CIWFWe executed the very first Oceania Talent Identification Program (OTIP) in the Cook Islands, where all teens aged 14-17 were invited to TCF to learn about Olympic Weightlifting, specifically the Clean & Jerk. From this program we had 6 students come and train with Geoff during 3 x 1.5hr workshops where he got to teach them about all the cues and standard movements of the C&J followrd by 1-on-1 coaching to help them improve their  lifting technique. We are very proud to say that each student completed the workshops at least 10x better than when they started it.

Jana Pureau (14), Keana Puna (15), Nadtazkia Puna (16), Jydden Napa (16), Teara Ama (16) and Caillean Henderson (17) all participated in this program and 3 of them were able to compete in a mini weightlifting competition to see what it is like to compete.

It was our hope to take the programme to the 3 colleges on the island and run it as part of their curriculum but unfortunately it was too late in the year to be implemented. So we will be working with teachers as to how we can make workshops such as this fit into their curriculum so that Olympic Weightlifting could possibly become an assessed component of a students PE programe, and if not then hopefully we can atleast introduce it in a couple of group sessions.


BCFOn the 17th we hosted a Breast Cancer Fundraiser Friday where you were all invited to come dressed in pink and bring a gold coin or more donation, then workout 🙂

It was a fun day with some awesome turnout. We raised $165, to which TCF matched to make a total donation to The CIBCF of $330.

thank you everyone for your kind donations.






Team Julie We kicked off the Get Beach Ready Challenge with 17 willing participants. This 8 Week Nutrition Challenge has introduced everyone to a way of eating that is not so different from the way our Ancestors ate, with a couple of tweaks to introduce everyone to a Paleo-Meets-Ketogenic diet.

Everyone hit the ground running, with the first 2 weeks being a real challenge whilst trying to withstand all the symptoms and downfalls of detoxing from a highly toxic westernised diet. Every week the participants are set tasks and challenges to achieve either individually or as a small group. Here are a couple of photos from Week 2s challenge.













We hosted our very first Tropical Tango Throwdow where 12 couples went head to head in 6 workouts over 2 days.

The competition finished with a winner for each of 3 different levels:

GOLD – Porky Barbell Pimps (Geoff & Serena)

SILVER – The Dawn Breakers (Lorna & Teina)

BRONZE – Hakuna Matata (Liz & Raniera)

CongraTTT3tulations to all winners and all athletes for an awesome inaugural competition. We look forwars to seeing you all next year when the competition will be opened to the international stage.

And not forgetting our sponsors, without you this would not have been as awesome – The Bond Store (Trish); Bergman & Sons (Ben & Luke); The Dive Centre (Sabine); Vonnias (Yvonne); Koka Lagoon Cruises (Serena); Wigmores Farms (Lorna); VIP Hair Studio (Eli); and Reef Side (Simon).



  • Grow a Mo for “Mo-Vember” – We’ll have a fundraiser WOD towards the end of the month. Funds raised will be matched by TCF and donated to Men’s Health.
  • Our new Concept II Rowers will finally arrive.
  • And more 🙂