It's time for us to step back..
October marks 13 years that CrossFit Brisbane has been in operation, and 15 years since we started with the idea of creating a fitness business. We could not be prouder of the gym, and the amazing place it has become.
Now that we are both in our fifties and our kids have left home, we have decided that it is the right time to step back from gym ownership. So, we are passing on the baton to new owners that have the passion, energy and focus to see the gym continue to grow and develop for another 13 years and beyond.
Wendy and I remain as committed as ever to CrossFit and nothing has changed in regards to our love and belief in the method. If anything, we are more fired up than ever about the future of CrossFit. However, as the last year has shown, my full-time job with CrossFit HQ has increasingly taken me away from my responsibilities to the gym. Wendy has done a great job managing the team in my absence and is now looking forward to stepping back from her high workload and enjoying being a member of the community.
We have been working on our succession plan since 2013, and we have been adamant that we would not step back unless we found the right owner. CrossFit Brisbane has been our baby, and we will only hand it over to someone that loves it as much as we do, will protect the ethos and culture, and has the necessary skills to run the business as it continues to grow. The ideal succession for us has always been to hand it over to a member from within our community that “gets it”.
It has taken 6 years, but we have found the right people. We are very pleased to announce that on 13th December 2019, Garath and Tennille Thomas will take over as the new owners of CrossFit Brisbane. Garath & Tennile share our vision for the affiliate, and they are exactly who we have been looking for to take the gym forward.
From a day to day perspective it will be “business as usual” and there are no changes to the way the gym operates. I will continue to provide the programming and Garath and Tennille are committed to keeping CrossFit Brisbane true to our roots. Wendy and I will also be there in a support role as they find their feet, and we look forward to training in the classes.
We plan to continue our CrossFit work, it will just be on bigger projects outside the affiliate. We have courses that that we plan on writing, some travel to do, and my HQ work is where I will be dedicating my efforts. Although it is difficult to move on, we know it is the right time, and we are excited for the future, both for the gym and for our plans personally. Our whole life has revolved around the gym for 13 years, and we are now looking forward to new challenges.
Please welcome Garath and Tennille with open arms and help them settle in, as we will be. We know this is a big announcement and that change brings out fears and concerns, but be excited instead. The gym will continue to operate as usual and we know it is going to thrive under the new management. We will see you in the gym this week. Please feel free to discuss the change with us further in person.
Save the date! Sunday, 15th December there will be a BBQ in the park. This will be our official send-off and welcome for Garath & Tennille.
As always, thank you for your support,
Matt & Wendy (and Bella)