Photo: Roy Gamboa trains for CrossFit Games (photo by Aaron Wesson)
Roy Gamboa, a former Hardin-Simmons University football player, and a recent May graduate, is making a splash in the competitive world of fitness.
Gamboa, who received his Master of Education degree from HSU just two weeks ago, is headed to San Antonio, Texas, to compete as one of the top-ranked competitors for the CrossFit regional games.
The CrossFit Games are regarded by many as “the world’s premier test to find the Fittest on Earth™,” according to the Cross Fit website. “They are world-renowned as a grueling test for the world’s toughest athletes and a thrilling experience for spectators.”
The 26-year-old from Odessa, Texas, is ranked second in CrossFit’s south central region and 71st on the world stage, which includes athletes from all over North America, Asia, Australia, Africa, South America, and Europe.
Gamboa said he first heard of the competition when he was earning a Bachelor of Behavioral Sciences degree in sports, fitness, and leisure and playing football at HSU. Gamboa credits his success in his new sport to what he learned from all aspects of his football experience, including weightlifting, drills, and just playing the game, “Strengths I developed as a football player help me with being mentally tough and disciplined,” he said in an article on the CrossFit website.
Gamboa is not the only HSU current or former athlete involved in the CrossFit games, others, who are involved at different levels, include Zachary Bilbrey, Hank Hornsby, Michael Tracy, and Lee Grounds.
Gamboa’s success at the Reebok CrossFit regionals can be followed at: http://games.crossfit.com/leaderboard throughout the weekend.
Read of Gamboa’s quick success at: http://games.crossfit.com/article/rookie-storms-stage-roy-gamboa.