Athlete - Kelly Graham

Kelly Graham


At 49 years old, Kelly Graham placed tenth in the CrossFit Games in 2013 as the oldest competitor in Masters Women's 45-49. She re-qualified as 7th in the world among CrossFit Masters Women in 2014, but suffered serious cervical disc injuries just weeks before the Games. She used over a year of recovery time to seek out inspirational stories from around the world in the Functional Fitness community and write a Hope Rx’d, an inspirational book featuring a wide variety of stories about people overcoming obstacles and living with adversity in a positive way.


What drives your passion for CrossFit? The sport of CrossFit and its positive, supportive community provide the forum to grow and improve mentally, emotionally and physically. I love to watch transformations occur and confidence rise in new members. I have the opportunity to coach many people through the beginning stages of CrossFit and it is so inspiring and fun to witness their accomplishments and watch them grow in confidence and health! This just solidifies my passion for CrossFit!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? The best piece of advice I have ever been given was from Jenny Labaw. Her inspirational story appears in my book, Hope Rx’d. Jenny challenges everyone to treat obstacles as opportunities for growth. When faced with obstacles and difficult moments in our lives, it is empowering to know we have control over how we react. It is our reaction to a situation that will dictate the outcome.
If I wasn’t a teacher, I would be a... Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. I love to learn about the human body and I am a strong supporter of prevention and finding the underlying cause of injury or disease, no matter how many layers need to be peeled back.
Pick 5 adjectives that describe you best. Determined, Nurturing, Competitive, Focused, Passionate
What is your Zevia flavor? My Zevia flavour is Ginger Ale. However I am excited to try the new flavours that will soon be available in Canada such as Grapefruit Citrus and Lemon Lime Twist. They sound incredibly refreshing!
What’s your vice? Organic, natural peanut butter. I rarely pass by the kitchen without taking a spoonful!
Who’s your hero? My husband is my hero. He is the perfect balance to me. Ed is calm, quiet, athletic, and non-competitive. He is always there for me. When I suffered my neck injury and could not attend the CrossFit Games, I was dealing with a lot of physical pain and disappointment. He let me work through it and just seemed to know when I needed space and when I needed to talk. Ed understands my need to challenge myself and when my body put the breaks on, I felt quite lost. Once I set the goal to create an inspirational book, he did everything he could to help make it happen.
What’s the most surprising fact about you? My two daughters and I competed on a ball hockey team in the Canadian Nationals. That was a pretty cool experience! Sarah played right wing, I was centre and Carlie played defence.