Modern Athlete Magazine Issue 166 March 2024 | Page 57


Community and Competition

Since its inception in 2022 , Squad Games has been more than just a functional fitness event , it ’ s a testament to a dream fuelled by passion and a vision to foster community and competition , and create something extraordinary within the South African fitness community .

Since it was founded by Warren Williams , with the goal of becoming one of the country ’ s premier athletic competitions , the Squad Games has evolved into a beacon of camaraderie and competitive spirit , setting new standards with each passing event . Squad Games was conceived as a response to a perceived gap in the Functional Fitness event landscape . Drawing from personal experiences as both a competitor and sponsor on the CrossFit circuit , Warren sought to blend the best elements of existing competitions while introducing fresh ideas that resonated with athletes and enthusiasts alike .

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic , the need for connection and community became more apparent than ever . With a determination to reignite the passion for competition and foster a sense of togetherness , Squad Games emerged as a platform where athletes could showcase their skills and forge lasting bonds within the Functional Fitness community .
The Next Big Thing
The inaugural edition of Squad Games was a testament to resilience and resourcefulness , with the organisers pulling off a remarkable event in just seven weeks . With the unwavering support of the community , and the dedication to excellence and relentless pursuit of perfection , transformed Squad Games into an instant hit , earning accolades as “ the next big thing ” in South African Functional Fitness circles . Since then , Squad Games has gone from strength to strength , hosting two more successful events and solidifying its reputation as the go-to competition for athletes and spectators alike . on sponsorship from industry leaders and the unwavering support of the CrossFit community to bring its vision to life . It ’ s a testament to the collective passion and dedication that fuels the spirit of Squad Games and drives it forward with each passing season ,” he adds .
Exciting Times Ahead
In the world of Squad Games , the competition is fierce , the challenges are daunting , but the sense of belonging and camaraderie is unmatched . Looking ahead , the future of Squad Games shines bright with promise . As Warren and the Squad Games team embark on this exhilarating journey , they do so with a sense of pride in what they ’ ve accomplished thus far , and a deep-seated commitment to pushing the boundaries of excellence in South African Functional Fitness .

Squad Games Action

Check out some of the highlights from the 2023 Squad Games Duo event . ( Warning : Explicit lyrics in music of video )
What sets Squad Games apart is not just its commitment to athletic excellence , but also its unwavering focus on community engagement and support . As Warren says about the journey so far , “ It ’ s clear that Squad Games is still in its infancy , with countless opportunities for growth and innovation on the horizon . The bi-annual event , featuring both Duo and Trio competitions , continues to captivate audiences and inspire participants to push their limits beyond what they thought possible .”
“ However , organising such events comes with its own set of challenges , particularly in securing funding and support . Squad Games relies heavily
Images : Courtesy Squad Games

Join the Squad !

For more info on the next Squad Games Duo event on 23 / 24 March 2024 at Diggers Rugby Club in Randburg , Johannesburg , including online entries , go to www . capturefit . co . za / event / squad-games-2024