5 Rounds For Time

400m Run

10 Burpee Box Jumps 24/20″

10 SDLHP 43/30kg

10 Thrusters 43/30kg

1 Min Rest

Today we will be hitting this unique hero workout. This workout and fundraising idea was put together by military CrossFiters in Australia in honor of Australian Army Sergeant Brett Wood, 32, of Ferntree Gully, Victoria, assigned to the 2nd Commando Regiment, based in Sydney, New South Wales, died on May 23, 2011, in Helmand province, Afghanistan, after insurgents attacked him with an improvised explosive device. He is survived by his wife Elvi, his mother Allison, and his father David. Donations can be made in his name to the Commando Welfare Trust.

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 Mattโ€™s military background including time in support of the NZSAS. Please donate and contribute 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.