The steely stares of my old man before he unleashed hell on the roads of Gatton today in the Gatton Street Sprints…
We don’t need to wish you luck J-Lai. Only congrats in advance! For those who don’t know, Jessica Lai (pictured) is one amazingly talented olympic weightlifter and will be throwing some heavy sh!t around this weekend at the AWF Commonwealth Games Trials on the Gold Coast. If you were looking for something to do this weekend (J-Lai lifts Saturday morning), the Mercure Resort is where this pocket rocket and other top lifters from across the country will be strutting their stuff!
The WOD Dogs Project has taken me on a pretty special journey, meeting some amazing athletes, even more amazing dogs, and receiving some amazing support in aid of RSPCA Qld and their fight against animal cruelty… Such support as that provided by Bec Kowald of *redstar apparel! Bec kindly offered her design skills and time to come up with the funky logo design for the WOD Dogs Project (below)… Even Kara’s little Willow can’t keep her eye’s off it!
For anyone in need of branding, graphic design or wanting some quality CrossFit attire, I highly recommend Bec and *redstar apparel!
Here’s a little about Bec’s services and *redstar apparel:
I’ve always been passionate about two things in life, animals and design, so it only seemed natural for me to help Trav out with the WOD Dogs project.
My husband, Aaron, and I have a tennis ball-obsessed mini-groodle called Jackson. Jackson provides us with so much light and love, he’s not just a pet but a family member.
I am a self-confessed social media junkie, especially on Instagram, and if I could post photos of Jackson everyday without losing friends I probably would.
By day, I am a graphic designer for a corporate and creative agency, and I have more than seven years’ design experience in both the public and private sectors. One of my major professional achievements was taking the role of lead designer for the successful 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Bid Document, which was presented in Kuala Lumpur by the former Queensland Premier Anna Bligh. In my spare time I work as a freelance designer working with clients on projects such as branding, collateral and web design.
Late last year, along with my husband and business partner, we combined a new passion (CrossFit) with design and created a CrossFit apparel company called *redstar apparel. Where we train at AJ CrossFit in Carina, *redstar is the status awarded to the strongest and/or fastest athlete in each WOD for each day. Our aim is to provide uniquely designed, high quality workout and lifestyle wear for athletes who want to stand out from the masses.
*redstar also offers affiliate branding and design services, and I have recently been working with FBP CrossFit on their CrossFit Regionals team kit, which will feature co-branded *redstar and FBP CrossFit apparel.”
Well, Sunday definitely wasn’t a rest day for me… 2 x WOD Dogs shoots with 2 x pocket rockets and their beautiful pooches were on my itinerary. First up was this amazing little lady – Jessica Lai (J-Lai) and her mate, Roofus! J-Lai is one of those girls that I am sure others love to hate because of her natural talent, strength and ability to make every movement look like precision ballet! J-Lai is also on the road to the Commonwealth Games in the sport of Weightlifting… Pending her AWF (Australian Weightlifting Federation) hosted trials on 14 March (this weekend) at the Mercure on the Gold Coast, J-Lai will very likely be representing the country in Scotland! Here’s a sneak peek at some of the shots we took today as part of the WOD Dogs Project in an attempt to raise much needed funds for RSPCA Qld…
Post our WOD Dogs feature, Nettie and I had a little fun with some portraiture.
Nettie and her bro, Alex, are currently in Columbia (Cali) for the World Track Cycling Champs… Alex took out two golds in the Individual and Team Pursuits while Nettie claimed a bronze in the Women’s Omnium event!
I am freaking blessed to be able to rub shoulders with such talented athletes!!! Well done Edmo’s!!!
Yesterday saw me making the most of the GC for a couple of shoots… One of them was for the WOD Dogs project with a superstar of Australian and International SUP (Stand-Up Paddling), Starboard sponsored Beau O’Brian, his stunning partner Ashton Woods, and their two #SUPdogs, Lala and Bailey. Beau has a list of SUP achievements as long as your arm and given his and his partners’ passion for dogs and animal welfare, they were the perfect choice to be a part of the project. Below is some of Beau’s impressive victories and achievements in the SUP world to date:
*King of the Cut 2013, 1st
*The Doctor 2014, 2nd
*12 Towers 2014, 2nd
*Victory Race San Diego, 1st
*Battle of the Bay San Francisco 2012, 1st (Tech) and 1st (Distance)
*Queensland Titles, 1st (Distance) and 1st (BOP)
*NSW Titles 1st (Distance) and 2nd (BOP)
*The Doctor Starboard Australia 2012, 2nd
*12 Towers Gold Coast Australia 2012, 2nd
*Coloroy The Battle for MS (Charity Race – MS) 1st (and donated his prize money to the MS Foundation)
*New Zealand’s Starboard King Of The Harbour 2013 25km, 2nd
*Stockton Harry’s House Appeal 2013 (Starboard Pete Cox’s Charity Event) 1st (and donated his prize money to the Appeal)
*Creek to Creek (Charity Race – MS), 1st
*St Maxim France, The Sup Cup Race 2013, 3rd
*The Lost Mills Germany 2013, 3rd
*The Stand Up World Series 2013 Oleron, 3rd
*The Stand Up World Series 2013 Hamburg, 2nd
*The Tahoe Classic 2013 22 miles, 1st
*The Battle of the Paddle (Distance) 2013, 4th
To give your support to Beau in his quest to be World SUP Champ, please jump on his FB Athlete Page >>HERE<< and show him some love!
Here is just one of the shots from yesterday’s feature shoot. For more, you can follow the #WODdogs Instagram account >>HERE<<…