Paulo Matos was the team captain of the 2nd placing CrossFit Aberdeen team in Tribal Clash Portugal 2018. His team was at the centre of one of the most memorable moments in Tribal Clash history; at the end of a brutal 50-minute Final, where teams got eliminated along the way, until there were two teams left and their last job was to flip a giant 350kg tyre up the beach. CrossFit Nottingham’s Team Hood had already clinched the title but when Paulo and his CrossFit Aberdeen team mates were fighting with all they had left to get that giant tyre over the line, the crowd stormed the arena, gathered around them and cheered them home.

Paulo is originally from Portugal but worked in Aberdeen for years to support his family in Portugal, during this time he discovered CrossFit and made CrossFit Aberdeen his home. He has now returned to his home town in Portugal and opened his own affiliate, CrossFit Leziria, and he was back on the beach in Praia Almargem this year with a new team. Listen to this heartwarming story about resilience and triumph, and how he decided to get the Tribal Clash mask tattooed on this back!

“I did it because Tribal Clash is important to me, it makes me happy, it brings people together, and it feels like I was made for it”