As one of the UK’s leading young CrossFit athletes, Justine Kachaeva epitomises the ThruDark ethos – having been raised to face adversity from an early age.
A RELENTLESS MINDSET
Growing up in the alpine region of Northern Italy, Justine’s father taught her a range of extreme sports on land, water and snow. It was in these formative years that Justine learned the value of being comfortable with the uncomfortable. Having honed her skills in canyoning, climbing, skiing and kayaking (to name a few), Justine moved to the UK aged 13 and joined the Army Cadets.
As a Cadet, Justine demonstrated exemplary leadership abilities in guiding several expeditions through the Yukon, Canada. On exercises she showed maturity and skill beyond her years proving testament to her early endeavours spent in the Dolomites. At the age of 16, Justine also climbed to Everest Base Camp on a solo expedition and ended up traversing the Three Passes Trek by herself. She describes this as the first time she really pushed the limits of her mental fortitude.
“Do today what others won’t, so tomorrow you can do what others can’t”
- Justine Kachaeva
A FORMIDABLE CHARACTER
It was this experience of the Army that encouraged Justine to take on Channel 4’s notorious SAS: Who Dares Wins at just 18 years old, one of the youngest recruits to ever attempt the challenge. Impressing Chief DS Ant Middleton with not only her physical ability, but her formidable character, Justine reached the latter stages of the mock Special Forces selection process.
Fast forward to now and Justine continues to push both her physical and mental boundaries, training up to five times a day as she prepares for the CrossFit Games – an annual sporting event hailed as “an incomparable competition featuring the greatest athletes”. As Justine says herself, “Do today what others won’t, so tomorrow you can do what others can’t”.
It is this elite mentality that sets Justine Kachaeva apart from the rest and unites her with other ThruDark sporting affiliates and ambassadors.