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June 12, 2011

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Phaidra Knight of CrossFit NYC is a CrossFitter and USA Rugby champion who was voted the 2010 Rugby Player of the Decade. Knight says the sport has been “my life” ever since she started playing in 1997.

Knight currently works with the organization Play Rugby USA and brings rugby to schools across the U.S. Her focus is getting girls active in rugby at New York schools, and she doubles as a rugby and fitness coach. Her goal is to team up with CrossFit and offer non-profit fitness programs in high schools across the country.

“CrossFit and rugby are so similar, and I think that’s what attracted me to both of them so strongly,” Knight says. “Obviously, the physical act of doing it, it pulls things out of you that you never even thought you had.”

Knight says: “I want to be an inspiration for everyone … . I love inspiring, you know, young folks, older folks, because I enjoy being inspired by young folks and older folks, so it’s a reciprocated energy there, and we just hope to get more and more kids involved.”

6min 44sec

Additional reading: Getting an A in CrossFit by Vince Miserandino, published Feb. 4, 2009.

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6 Comments on “Building Youth Fitness Through Rugby and CrossFit”


wrote …

I've never seen this woman before in my life!

Congrats PK!

William Ortiz

Crossfit Riverdale


wrote …

Keep up the good work with Play Rugby USA, a class organization that does great work with urban youth. It is great to see a passionate rugby player and CrossFit athlete step up as "the change [she] want[s] to see in the world" (Ghandi).


wrote …

So happy to see you on here Phaidra! Congrats on all of your hard work and keep promoting both of our sports :).


Keith Wittenstein wrote …

Phaidra is an inspiration and an amazing athlete. Such a privilege to work with her!


wrote …

Awesome accomplishment on being named player of the decade .
I have a couple of female athletes here who rate you highly not only as a rugby player but a super person.
All the best this weekend in Mass


wrote …

Great job Phaidra! I love Rugby and Crossfit and seeing the two together is awesome! GO NYRUGBY!

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