At the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games, Brooke Wells competed in the Finals to a fifth-place finish — her best Games result to date — after placing 11th overall in the 2020 CrossFit Open. For the past four years, Wells was coached by the owner of CrossFit New England, Ben Bergeron. On Nov. 20, 2020, Bergeron shared on an Instagram post that he would no longer be Wells’ coach as she “let [him] know that the time has come for her to explore new opportunities with a new coach.”
That begged the question: who is going to be Wells’ new coach in the future? The six-time CrossFit Games athlete finally revealed the news in an Instagram post of her own on Dec. 9, 2020: Shane Orr will be her new coach.
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Who is Shane Orr?
Orr programs for PRVN Fitness — which provides training and nutrition programming that emphasizes recovery and mindset. He’s also the husband and coach of four-time reigning Fittest Woman on Earth Tia-Clair Toomey, and the coach to the five-time reigning Fittest Man on Earth Mat Fraser. According to an interview on Reebok.com, Orr was actually the person who first introduced Toomey to CrossFit. Since before her first appearance at the CrossFit Games in 2015, Orr has been Toomey’s coach, where she placed second. Overall, Toomey has made six appearances at the Games, consisting of two second-place finishes and four consecutive titles.
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The 25-year-old Wells has finished in the top 20 of the CrossFit Open every year since 2016. She made her CrossFit Games debut alongside Toomey in 2015 to a 15th-place finish. She has competed in the Games each year since to the following results:
- 2016 — sixth place
- 2017 — 14th place
- 2018 — eighth place
- 2019 — 15th place
- 2020 — Fifth place
Will joining PRVN Fitness alongside Orr and the Fittest Woman on Earth lead to Wells’ first appearance on the Games podium? We will have to keep a watchful eye in 2021 to find out.
Feature image via Brooke Wells’ Instagram page: @brookewellss