Walshy's Remembrance WOD
On the 2nd of January 2019 we lost a great mate from our CrossFit Community. Leith Walsh or the Silver Fox as he was known was an instrumental part in us building what we have here at CrossFit Nitro.
He started training in CF methodology back in '08-'09 completed his cert 1 with Brandon Swan as part of the RAAF AFDS plan to have each AFDS section have its own certified trainer to allow them to train troops in CF both in garrison and expeditionary detachments. I was fortunate enough to get to know him as a result of some medical complications after some pretty massive gut surgery among other things. He convinced me to start training at Western Front with him under Swanny's young watchful eye not long after he first opened CFWF. He then introduced me to Craig Wegert for Oly lift coaching which ended up being where we started the operations of Nitro. From there we started out on our own he came and went with RAAF commitments and assisted Craig Neilsen set up CF 5 Star Oz and coached there for a bit as well. He deployed to Kandahar coached at CF Kandahar and was instrumental in the acquisition of equipment through ROUGE to the facility when it moved locations and expanded ... I believe that was the first lot equipment ROUGE had sent to an operational military box??? He loved CrossFit and Oly lift and was extremely proficient at both lifts, being military loved his weight vest WOD's, and KB swings. passed away 02-01-2019.after an almost 3 year struggle with PTSD, alcoholism, depression and anxiety. He had two goals he wanted to achieve when he returned to Nitro one was a 150 kg dead and the other to get back to his previous 142 kg back squat PB. Nitro will be running "WALSHY 142" on the 25th of Jan 2019 the day he should have turned 40. We welcome any other CrossFit boxes to run the "WALSHY 142" on the day or over the Australia Day weekend in his honour. We will release the WOD on his Birthday and have the explanation of the significance of the movements/weights etc then as well. Huge thanks must go out to Craig Nielsen for his input into this WOD.
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