2013 - Crossfit Games Champion2014 - 4th Crossfit Games2015 - 4th Crossfit Games2016 - 4th Crossfit GamesEx-Firefighter
In 2013, Sam was officially crowned 'Fittest Woman on Earth' when she won the she won the Reebok CrossFit Games in Carson, California following a punishing programme of runs and lifts, swims and climbs. This was the culmination of a lifetime spent pushing fitness to its ultimate limits.
Alongside the duathlons, triathlons and Northern Premier League football, Sam was also a member of the West Yorkshire Fire Service for 10 years. So she completely understands what a firefighter - and their protective clothing - goes through every day.
Which is why, when we gave Sam the chance to put the new ground-breaking Xenon Fire Kit through its paces, she jumped at the opportunity.
Here at Ballyclare, we understand the stresses and strains every firefighter - and all their protective clothing - encounters as they do their duty
It's tough. So it's essential their fire kit provides maximum protection, comfort, breathability and flexibility... making it as easy to wear as it is effective. It also needs to be as light as possible - without compromising protection or performance.
So we asked Sam to put together a strenuous CrossFit workout which could use many of the movements she used when battling fires. Including Muscle-Ups: demonstrating the flexibility of the garment through the arm and shoulder. And Farmer's Carries: which replicate carrying a hose to a burning building.
10 x Muscle-Ups20 x Burpee Box Jumps300ft Farmer's Carry20 x Sandbag Cleans10 x Rope Climbs
Using a double membrane configuration, the Xenon with GORE® PARALLON® System reduces the risk of burn injuries and heat stress in wet and dry conditions, creating consistent protection without compromising comfort. This innovative system helps prevent dangerously high core body temperatures, which can have an impact on performance, decision making and the wearer's safety.
The Xenon structural firefighter kit isn't an evolution in design. It's a revolution. Xenon is the ultimate high performance 'free movement' fire kit designed using the technologically advanced GORE® PARALLON® System.
Working with W.L.Gore and Associates we closed the door on old existing technologies and instead adopted a brand new approach to creating structural firefighting clothing. Xenon represents the very best protection available through into the 2020s and beyond.
Xenon designs are sportswear-inspired and ergonomically designed with reduced bulk and weight. Xenon allows free and flexible movement - without restriction - across the widest possible range of movements.