Patrick Blennerhassett

Patrick Blennerhassett

Patrick Blennerhassett is an award-winning Canadian journalist and four-time published author. He is a Jack Webster Fellowship winner and a British Columbia bestselling novelist. His work has been published in The Guardian, Reader's Digest, The Globe & Mail, Business Insider, MSN and his commentary has appeared on the BBC and the CBC.

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Dubai CrossFit Championship day three recap: Sara Sigmundsdottir and Roman Khrennikov hold their leads as Brent Fikowski charges

Both the Icelandic and Russian star fended off tough challenges as the final day approaches.

2 hours ago

Both the Icelandic and Russian star fended off tough challenges as the final day approaches.

Dubai CrossFit Championship day three recap: Sara Sigmundsdottir and Roman Khrennikov hold their leads as Brent Fikowski charges
Dubai CrossFit Championship: Patrick Vellner having his cake and eating it too

One of the sport’s most liked and respected figures is once again showcasing his talents.

2 hours ago

One of the sport’s most liked and respected figures is once again showcasing his talents.

Dubai CrossFit Championship: Patrick Vellner having his cake and eating it too
Dubai CrossFit Championship: Games rookie Emily Rolfe’s journey from Canada’s Kamloops to UAE

Rolfe came out of nowhere to win the Granite Games earlier this year.

13 Dec 2019 - 1:03PM

Rolfe came out of nowhere to win the Granite Games earlier this year.

Dubai CrossFit Championship: Games rookie Emily Rolfe’s journey from Canada’s Kamloops to UAE
Dubai CrossFit Championship day two recap: Sara Sigmundsdottir, Callerina Natori and Tola Morakinyo lift their way to victory

Contestants head to the stadium for a fan favourite event on day two.

13 Dec 2019 - 3:50AM

Contestants head to the stadium for a fan favourite event on day two.

Dubai CrossFit Championship day two recap: Sara Sigmundsdottir, Callerina Natori and Tola Morakinyo lift their way to victory
Dubai CrossFit Championship: Spencer Panchik and the future of the sport

Hailing from Cleveland Ohio, 23-year-old Panchik comes from a famous CrossFit clan that includes twin brother Saxon and elder sibling Scott

12 Dec 2019 - 10:42PM

Hailing from Cleveland Ohio, 23-year-old Panchik comes from a famous CrossFit clan that includes twin brother Saxon and elder sibling Scott

Dubai CrossFit Championship: Spencer Panchik and the future of the sport
Dubai CrossFit Championship day one recap: Katrin Davidsdottir drops out while Samantha Briggs and Roman Khrennikov lead

Rain pours down to start the sport’s most coveted and lucrative Sanctional.

12 Dec 2019 - 12:17PM

Rain pours down to start the sport’s most coveted and lucrative Sanctional.

Dubai CrossFit Championship day one recap: Katrin Davidsdottir drops out while Samantha Briggs and Roman Khrennikov lead
Dubai CrossFit Championship: American Callerina Natori doubles up with tactical games and marksmanship experience

As an expert marksman, Natori has a unique skillset outside of competing

12 Dec 2019 - 1:26PM

As an expert marksman, Natori has a unique skillset outside of competing

Dubai CrossFit Championship: American Callerina Natori doubles up with tactical games and marksmanship experience
Dubai CrossFit Championship: Tola Morakinyo shows youth can go along with wisdom

The 24-year-old lays out his long-term strategy as he heads into the prime years of his CrossFit career

10 Dec 2019 - 11:06PM

The 24-year-old lays out his long-term strategy as he heads into the prime years of his CrossFit career

Dubai CrossFit Championship: Tola Morakinyo shows youth can go along with wisdom
Jacob Heppner shows everyone how having fun is done at Pandaland CrossFit Challenge

The American veteran gave the crowd in Chengdu a show as he held the lead for large parts of the weekend

8 Dec 2019 - 11:02PM

The American veteran gave the crowd in Chengdu a show as he held the lead for large parts of the weekend

Jacob Heppner shows everyone how having fun is done at Pandaland CrossFit Challenge
Khan Porter takes Pandaland CrossFit Challenge in emotional win for Aussie who champions mental health awareness

The CrossFit Games veteran has spoken openly about his battles with mental health over the years and worked at helping to erase the stigma

8 Dec 2019 - 9:53PM

The CrossFit Games veteran has spoken openly about his battles with mental health over the years and worked at helping to erase the stigma

Khan Porter takes Pandaland CrossFit Challenge in emotional win for Aussie who champions mental health awareness
Follow Pandaland CrossFit Challenge day two as it happened

Day two of Pandaland in Chengdu saw two antipodean champions emerge 

8 Dec 2019 - 3:35PM

Day two of Pandaland in Chengdu saw two antipodean champions emerge 

Follow Pandaland CrossFit Challenge day two as it happened
Canadian Adam Davidson ready for his CrossFit comeback

The Victoria, B.C. resident is coming back off a penalty that cost him a Games appearance and multiple injuries spanning years

7 Dec 2019 - 10:44PM

The Victoria, B.C. resident is coming back off a penalty that cost him a Games appearance and multiple injuries spanning years

Canadian Adam Davidson ready for his CrossFit comeback
Kiwi Harriet Roberts teaches CrossFit to kids by day, crushes workouts at night

The New Zealand native, who grew up in Singapore, now teaches CrossFit to teenagers at a private school in Sydney

7 Dec 2019 - 9:13PM

The New Zealand native, who grew up in Singapore, now teaches CrossFit to teenagers at a private school in Sydney

Kiwi Harriet Roberts teaches CrossFit to kids by day, crushes workouts at night
Pandaland CrossFit Challenge day one recap

The second of the season's CrossFit Sanctionals kicks off in Chengdu, China and you can follow the day's developments as top athletes like Jacob Heppner and Lucas Harper descend on the east

7 Dec 2019 - 9:35PM

The second of the season's CrossFit Sanctionals kicks off in Chengdu, China and you can follow the day's developments as top athletes like Jacob Heppner and Lucas Harper descend on the east

Pandaland CrossFit Challenge day one recap
The Runner | The road to the 2020 Hong Kong Marathon: sobriety, clarity, setbacks and lots of running

What started as a physical challenge has turned into a massive life change for SCMP journalist.

12 Dec 2019 - 6:30PM

What started as a physical challenge has turned into a massive life change for SCMP journalist.

The road to the 2020 Hong Kong Marathon: sobriety, clarity, setbacks and lots of running
Opinion | Dubai CrossFit Championship: Canadians Patrick Vellner and Brent Fikowski out for redemption after 2019 Games missteps

The two previous podium finishers found themselves outside the top 15 as CrossFit’s new cut format hit them hard.

5 Dec 2019 - 11:34AM

The two previous podium finishers found themselves outside the top 15 as CrossFit’s new cut format hit them hard.

Dubai CrossFit Championship: Canadians Patrick Vellner and Brent Fikowski out for redemption after 2019 Games missteps
Pandaland CrossFit Challenge: Chengdu takes centre stage as the sport continues to emerge across China

After spending eight years in New Zealand, Eric Zhu Chen became inspired by the lifestyle and moved back to Chengdu and opened a CrossFit box

4 Dec 2019 - 9:37PM

After spending eight years in New Zealand, Eric Zhu Chen became inspired by the lifestyle and moved back to Chengdu and opened a CrossFit box

Pandaland CrossFit Challenge: Chengdu takes centre stage as the sport continues to emerge across China
‘There are 14 broken hearts’: Hong Kong Rugby Union licks wounds after crushing loss to South Korea leaves Olympic dream in tatters

HKRU chief rugby operations officer Dai Rees says high-profile losses need to be mixed in with more fulsome picture

30 Nov 2019 - 11:04PM

HKRU chief rugby operations officer Dai Rees says high-profile losses need to be mixed in with more fulsome picture

‘There are 14 broken hearts’: Hong Kong Rugby Union licks wounds after crushing loss to South Korea leaves Olympic dream in tatters
The Runner | ‘Running is a cult’: Swedish PhD thesis trashing endurance running reminds everyone why no one reads PhD papers

A Lund University thesis accuses endurance athletes of being influenced by ‘neoliberal discourses’ and being solely brand-orientated.

30 Nov 2019 - 11:29AM

A Lund University thesis accuses endurance athletes of being influenced by ‘neoliberal discourses’ and being solely brand-orientated.

‘Running is a cult’: Swedish PhD thesis trashing endurance running reminds everyone why no one reads PhD papers
Movember moustaches abound as Hong Kong’s rugby lads and ladies show support for cause

From the ‘El Macho’ and the ‘Handles’ to ‘The Lorax’ and the ‘Meester Sexy’, Hong Kong’s rugby community has come out in full support of the cause.

28 Nov 2019 - 2:59PM

From the ‘El Macho’ and the ‘Handles’ to ‘The Lorax’ and the ‘Meester Sexy’, Hong Kong’s rugby community has come out in full support of the cause.

Movember moustaches abound as Hong Kong’s rugby lads and ladies show support for cause
Three Count | Is WWE now relying on the UFC to remain relevant? Bringing in MMA stars seems a short-term fix

WWE’s stars were once household names but the pro wrestling empire is resorting to snagging retired UFC fighters to covet elusive millennial generation.

30 Nov 2019 - 7:58PM

WWE’s stars were once household names but the pro wrestling empire is resorting to snagging retired UFC fighters to covet elusive millennial generation.

Is WWE now relying on the UFC to remain relevant? Bringing in MMA stars seems a short-term fix
Tokyo 2020: Hong Kong men’s sevens rugby team lose to South Korea in Olympic qualifying tournament

Hong Kong lose to South Korea in the final, but qualify for a last ditch repechage next year.

24 Nov 2019 - 6:47PM

Hong Kong lose to South Korea in the final, but qualify for a last ditch repechage next year.

Tokyo 2020: Hong Kong men’s sevens rugby team lose to South Korea in Olympic qualifying tournament
Tokyo 2020: Hong Kong down Philippines; now face South Korea for spot at Olympics

After all the waiting, it all comes down to one game against South Korea at 4.40pm Hong Kong time.

24 Nov 2019 - 3:00PM

After all the waiting, it all comes down to one game against South Korea at 4.40pm Hong Kong time.

Tokyo 2020: Hong Kong down Philippines; now face South Korea for spot at Olympics
Tokyo 2020: Hong Kong trump ‘scrappy’ Afghanistan to book semi-final against Philippines

In rough and tumble game, Hong Kong showed discipline against a team who only had nine players available.

24 Nov 2019 - 12:19PM

In rough and tumble game, Hong Kong showed discipline against a team who only had nine players available.

Tokyo 2020: Hong Kong trump ‘scrappy’ Afghanistan to book semi-final against Philippines
Tokyo 2020: Hong Kong thrash Taiwan to end perfect first day at Olympic sevens qualifying tournament

Hong Kong add Taiwan to Malaysia scalp earlier in the day and did not concede a point while scoring 106

23 Nov 2019 - 11:05PM

Hong Kong add Taiwan to Malaysia scalp earlier in the day and did not concede a point while scoring 106

Tokyo 2020: Hong Kong thrash Taiwan to end perfect first day at Olympic sevens qualifying tournament
Tokyo 2020: Hong Kong’s men’s rugby sevens run their whole bench and blitz Malaysia in opening show of strength

With tries from seven different players, coach Paul John gets 12 of his players on the field in their opener

23 Nov 2019 - 1:34PM

With tries from seven different players, coach Paul John gets 12 of his players on the field in their opener

Tokyo 2020: Hong Kong’s men’s rugby sevens run their whole bench and blitz Malaysia in opening show of strength
Watch live as Hong Kong’s men’s rugby sevens team go for Tokyo Olympic qualification

The men play South Korea in final clash with Olympic qualification on the line.

24 Nov 2019 - 3:03PM

The men play South Korea in final clash with Olympic qualification on the line.

Watch live as Hong Kong’s men’s rugby sevens team go for Tokyo Olympic qualification
Tale of the Tape | Why we should not watch Floyd Mayweather fight again, even with added spice of UFC’s Dana White

Floyd Mayweather is hyping a bout for 2020, and says he is working with UFC’s Dana White, but can we please not care about this projected tilt for a change?

23 Nov 2019 - 12:42PM

Floyd Mayweather is hyping a bout for 2020, and says he is working with UFC’s Dana White, but can we please not care about this projected tilt for a change?

Why we should not watch Floyd Mayweather fight again, even with added spice of UFC’s Dana White
2020 Olympics: epic tournament set to get underway as Hong Kong’s men’s sevens squad flirt with destiny

The men’s squad are ready for a massive opportunity, a chance to call themselves Olympians

22 Nov 2019 - 10:38PM

The men’s squad are ready for a massive opportunity, a chance to call themselves Olympians

2020 Olympics: epic tournament set to get underway as Hong Kong’s men’s sevens squad flirt with destiny
How to watch the Hong Kong men’s sevens rugby team live as they try to qualify for the 2020 Olympics

The squad are heavily favoured as they get set for kick-off on Saturday in Incheon, South Korea

22 Nov 2019 - 6:37PM

The squad are heavily favoured as they get set for kick-off on Saturday in Incheon, South Korea

How to watch the Hong Kong men’s sevens rugby team live as they try to qualify for the 2020 Olympics