Castro makes his return in a serious management position for the group.
Justin Bergh is stepping down from his place as CrossFit’s Normal Supervisor of Sport, based on CrossFit CEO Don Faul. Bergh had been within the position for 18 months and is leaving the job efficient instantly. Per Faul, Dave Castro will take up Bergh’s former place as his substitute. Castro was beforehand fired from this position in January 2022 after roughly 15 years on the job.
Earlier than main CrossFit’s Sport crew, Bergh was the group’s Vice President of Sport and Partnerships from 2021 to 2022. He was beforehand the Normal Supervisor of the annual CrossFit Video games from 2013 to 2020, with a piece historical past with CrossFit courting again to a while in 2006. Not lengthy after Castro’s ouster in early 2022, Bergh was named the Normal Supervisor of Sport. He held the position till mid-June 2023. A reasoning has not been supplied for Bergh’s departure on the time of this writing.
A former Navy Seal, Castro returned to CrossFit in an affiliate-focused position 5 months after he was initially fired from his Normal Supervisor place. His obligations then had been characterised as being a “key advisor” for the group’s affiliate gyms and coaches. Faul was named Eric Roza’s successor as CrossFit’s new CEO in August 2022 — two months after Castro made his return.
In a statement provided to BarBend, Faul had glowing phrases in regards to the work Bergh completed because the chief of CrossFit’s Sport crew. On the similar time, he endorsed Castro in his previous stomping grounds because the lead-up to the 2023 CrossFit Games in early August begins to warmth up.
“After 13 years, Justin Bergh can be leaving CrossFit,” Faul stated. “[Bergh] has accomplished a lot for our group, and we’re extremely grateful for the position he’s performed in making CrossFit what it’s at the moment. Dave Castro will step in to guide our Sport Group, who’re prepping to ensure we’ve a tremendous 2023 [CrossFit] Video games.”
On the time of this text’s publication, with out extra firsthand information of the group’s course of, it’s unclear how Bergh’s departure and Castro’s elevation will affect any aspect of the 2023 CrossFit Games. Even on a several-week timeline earlier than the competitors in Madison, WI, on Aug. 1-6, 2023, it’s tough to determine Castro’s scope and affect.
Nonetheless, this stays an enormous shift in management for CrossFit’s chief organizing physique and one to watch within the coming weeks and months.
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