Darcia Ondrovcik is a member of Team Torian from Queensland, Australia. She and her teammates are currently in Carson, CA competing in the CrossFit Games Team competition.

Darcia, 26 years old, Brisbane. I grew up in Dubbo, NSW. From a very young age, I was attracted to sports. I played a lot of school sports but was a lot more driven to athletics. I was quite challenged through my childhood when growing up, there was a lot I learned from a young age which drove me towards sports. My environment growing up as a child wasn’t necessarily ‘normal’ to my friends at school. I grew up in a household of domestic violence. I would channel all the negative energy like anger and sadness I had inside me into my sports. With athletics it made me feel free, happy and it was a way of me dealing with the emotions I was feeling inside. I really excelled at athletics too so that made it more worthwhile to participate in rather than just driven out of emotion. The drive I had inside me lead to competing in athletics, this went on to compete at high levels and my ultimate dream was to be the next Cathy Freeman at the Olympics- 400m run was ‘my race’. 

As time went on this goal started to drift away as my living environment did not improve, when my parents split up I went the opposite way and started rebelling. Which was driven out of fear, anger, lack of self-awareness, self-worth, self-value and other insecurities. Even though I was experiencing what I did I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a Personal Trainer, or involved in sports anyway I could. Fast track to the age of 16 I studied my personal training course whilst still in school (year 11). I worked hard to get this done as soon as I could as I knew I wasn’t going to finish high school, I wanted to get out of my hometown so bad but also knew what I wanted to do with my life. As soon as I was qualified I left home at the age of 17 on my own and went to Port Macquarie to live. I started working in a gym straight away. This is where my life turned around, I had amazing people come into my life that became my family. I started training fairly consistent at the gym and started kick-boxing – as that was my way of dealing with anger still inside me and overall I just liked punishing myself and wanted to see how far I could push myself mentally and physically. 

I got so much joy and happiness from training others so I knew being involved in fitness was where I was meant to be. After a few years of just regular gym training, I come across CrossFit and started training this methodology at the gym. I was hooked straight away. I noticed there were competitions for CrossFit so I decided I wanted to start competing. I dialed in my training and got more specific to the sport. I also knew that if I wanted to get better at this sport then I would eventually have to end up moving on from Port Macquarie and be around somewhere that will allow me to take this further. 

I then moved to Brisbane in 2012 to pursue my career in fitness and to become a better CrossFit athlete. It was also time to move on from Port Macquarie, it was just a stepping stone to where I wanted to be.

CrossFit have 3 different levels of competition- The CrossFit Open, The CrossFit Regionals and The CrossFit Games- which is the ultimate in CrossFit. I have competed at the CrossFit regionals on 4 occasions, twice as an individual athlete 2011 & 2014 and twice as a team competitor 2013 & 2016. I am very fortunate enough to say I am competing at the CrossFit Games this year, July 2016 as a team competitor. This is an absolute dream come true.

Amongst all my training and competition I coach CrossFit classes at CrossFit Torian, run a personal training business in Brisbane and am living my true purpose in helping others particularly women who have been on a similar past to my childhood. I am involved in a couple of women’s groups, empowering women who have or are experiencing domestic violence to help change and motivate their lives through health and fitness. After losing my father late last year it pushed me to put myself out there more and help others in need. My ultimate goal in life is to break the cycle and be a role model to others and show them that no matter where they’ve come from or what they’ve been through you can achieve anything you want in life if you set your mind to it.

Competition achievements

  • 2011 CrossFit Australian Regionals – Individual
  • 2013 CrossFit Australian Regionals – Team
  • 2014 CrossFit Australian Regionals – individual
  • 2014 – Miss Figure Australia, overall winner, Musclemania
  • 2016 – CrossFit Australian Regional- Team
  • 2016 – The CrossFit Games – Team

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