We will be hitting a unique hero workout on Dec 9. This workout and fundraising idea was put together by military CrossFiters in Australia in honor of SGT Brett Wood, Medal for Gallantry, who was killed in Afghanistan on 23 May 2011.

CrossFit HQ has approved the Brett Wood “hero” WOD and will be posting it on the CrossFit website on the 8th Dec 2011. To coincide with this date we are planning to take part in the Australian and world wide CrossFit fundraiser in memory of the late Sergeant Brett Wood.

We have recently lost a number of New Zealand personnel in combat in Afghanistan, most recently two members of the New Zealand Special Air Service, Cpl Dougie Grant and LCpl Leon Smith. This workout gives us the first official CrossFit ANZAC hero workout. We thought it was appropriate to take part in the workout and provide an opportunity to donate to the New Zealand Special Air Service Trust, who provide support to those families left behind. We know we ask you to support a number of fundraising events but this one has special meaning for us given Matt’s military background including time in support of the NZSAS. Please bring in your loose change on the day and you will be contributing to a worthy cause.

Brett was a part of Charlie Commando Company Group which was conducting an operation in Kashmesh Khan, Kajaki, Helmand Province. The purpose of their mission was to disrupt the insurgents ability to finance, equip and support operations and reduce their influence over the population. They had been in contact with the enemy for over 48 hrs and during this period, Sergeant Brett Wood was personally involved in three incidents. In the final instance, Sergeant Brett Wood, seeing the insurgents withdrawing, gathered a team and led them to a compound seeking to isolate it. On moving to the right side of the compound, he stepped on a hidden pressure plate improvised explosive device and triggered it.

CPL Dougie Grant died on 19 August 2011 when he was hit by a bullet fired by insurgents while trying to rescue civilians following an attack on the British Council building in Kabul. Despite the efforts of New Zealand and Coalition medics at the scene he died en route to Bagram Air Base hospital. He is survived by his wife Tina and two children, Jemma and Jaden.

LCPL Leon Smith was killed when he and other NZSAS personnel accompanied a group from the Crisis Response Unit including Interior Ministry legal officials, who were serving a Ministry of the Interior judicially authorised arrest warrant in a compound suspected to house suicide bombers. It is believed the intent of the insurgents was to conduct an operation in the Kabul region. In the early hours of the morning (Afghan time) on Wednesday 28 September 2011, as the group moved to the compound it was engaged by suspected insurgents. LCPL Smith was struck in the head by a bullet gravely injuring him, and he was medically evacuated to a hospital where he later died.


The NZSAS Trust is a tax-registered charitable trust established in 2004 to look after persons who are actively serving or have been previously posted to the 1st New Zealand Special Air Service Regiment, including their immediate families.


– provide financial assistance and support in time of crisis

– provide welfare assistance

– provide support and financial assistance to its members to enable them to maintain a reasonable quality of life

– provide financial assistance and support for further education and for vocational training.


On a completely different note Donny and Rob have been racing at the Fire Fighter Combat Challenge World Champs in the USA. Both of them hit PR’s during the week with Rob running a 1:42 and Donny a 1:47. Congratulations guys, great effort.

Been wondering where Sara is? The pic above is a clue. She is trying to hit workouts and stay Paleo while tripping around the military sights of South East Asia.

Finally, good luck to all those hitting the Bog Challenge in Wainui and the CrossFit Auckland Competition today, it will be interesting to see who gets muddiest and who comes out on top.