Already from a young age sport was everything to me. No matter if it was ball games, athletics or gymnastics, I loved it. But I spend most of the time in sports halls playing handball. Since I was relatively small for my age, I was forced to be faster than everyone else to not lose sight of my goal of being a professional handball player. To get closer to this goal I left my small home town club for SG Flensburg Handewitt, which was well-known for its excellent youth training. When I turned 17, I got an offer from DHK Flensborg to play in the 3rd German Handball league. I had just finished junior high school and I had to make up my mind what to do with my life.
I decided for an apprenticeship as a sport and fitness sales representative in Husum, so I had to turn down the offer to play in the 3rd league. Those two things simply could not work out. At DHK Flensborg I would have been the new guy in the team but I would have had less time to train, leaving me with a lower my chance of being chosen as starter. By no means, I regret that decision today!! I decided to put all of my energy into the apprenticeship instead.
At the end of my apprenticeship I had to make a decision: What to do now?! In the summer of 2013, I established CrossFit Flensburg together with my training and business partner Finn Schulz. Being 21 years old at that time, I was among the youngest box owners in the world! Since that day much has happened and new goals have been set! After one year of training I was ready for my first CrossFit competition in Brussels! Podium! I took 3rd place the first time competing with other CrossFit athletes. This competition was followed by the German Throwdown in the winter of 2014, where I was competing against regional athletes from all over Europe.
I was disappointed with achieving 10th place only in the overall ranking and I realized that I needed to make a change if I wanted to reach my goals. I decided to train even harder and put my everything into CrossFit. Next stop after that was the CrossFit Games Open 2015 with 5 qualifying workouts in 5 consecutive weeks leading to qualification for the CrossFit Games Regionals (European Championships). After the 5th workout, I was ranked 25th in Europe, and not only did I qualify as the only German athlete for the CrossFit Games Regionals (Meridian Regionals), but I also earned the title as “Fittest Man in Germany 2015”.
The Meridian Regionals were held in Copenhagen in May 2015 – athletes from European and African regions were allowed to enter. Among 40 great athletes I started in 32nd place and managed to keep my position throughout the whole event.
It was an amazing experience! I hope to be able to repeat this big success in 2016!