ANZAC Day 25 April
Kia maumahara tatou i a ratou We will remember them
In New Zealand, ANZAC day is our opportunity to stop and reflect on the lessons of the past, and to remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our way of life.
One of the earliest traditions of WRHN has been a Hero Workout that was designed to remember fallen soldiers. “Murph” is probably one of the more well known hero wods.
At CrossFit Whanganui we take a moment on 25th April to remember a New Zealand soldier, Tim.
Lt Tim O’Donnell, 28, was serving as part of the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team in the Bamyan Province, Afganistan, when his unit came under attack. Lt O’Donnell was killed.
Two other New Zealand defence personnel were seriously injured; Lance Corporal Matthew Ball, 24, who is a friend of CrossFit New Zealand member Nick’s from primary and secondary school, and Private Allistar Baker, 23. Lt O’Donnell was New Zealand’s first combat death in Afganistan, and New Zealand’s first combat death in over a decade. Lt O’Donnell is survived by his father Mark, a former police officer, his mother Mary-Anne, a nurse, his brother Andrew, and his sister Anna.
Nick wrote a few words for Tim: Tim O’Donnell, Matthew Ball and Allistar Baker are New Zealand’s heroes. It’s intrinsic to the nature of heroism, however, that a hero is the last person who is going to call himself a hero, because the chief characteristic of true heroism is selflessness. That is what distinguishes true heroism, like those fighting for our country and community, from false heroism such as sports idols and movie stars. Tim, Matt and Allistar gave selflessly of themselves to fight for our country and felt as if they were only doing their jobs, even though their jobs require them to do extraordinary things.
The New Zealand Defence Force in Afganistan are not men and women who, once in a lifetime, rise to the occasion and go into the fray at great personal peril. They are people who train to do this, and more, on a daily basis. New Zealand is proud of their contribution to Afganistan.
This post is dedicated to all those who are in professions that involve keeping our community, and country, safe. Thank you for your sacrifices. – Nick Linton
“Tim” 400m Farmers Walk 2 x 24’s/16’s Kettlebells 28 Box Jumps 60/50cm 28m Bear Crawl 28 Double Unders 28 Ground to Overhead 40/30kg 28m Bear Crawl 28 Double Unders 28 Chest to bar Pull Ups 28m Bear Crawl 28 Double Unders 28 Burpees 28m Bear Crawl 28 Double Unders 28 Pistols 28m Bear Crawl 28 Double Unders 400m Farmers Walk with KBs