We ran this WOD today, donations will be accepted throughout this week. Let’s get behind the CrossFit community and help yet another good cause. We will also be hitting the WOD again later on next week (day to be confirmed) to allow even more of you to WOD for a the cause as it was on quite short notice today.
From CrossFit Cardiff
Unfortunately we regularly post Hero workouts for servicemen and women who make the ultimate sacrifice during battle. Today and for the first time, we celebrate a true Hero who survived his ordeal!
David De Souza (Disco) was working for private security company Aegis in Tikrit when he bravely intercepted a suicide bomber’s vehicle as it sped towards his convoy.
Disco drove out of the convoy in his 4×4 to block the suicide bomber and to protect a company boss who was travelling in a vehicle in front of him.
He rammed into the suicide bomber’s vehicle at high speed, smashing into it before coming off the road and rolling over six times.
The incident, on December 20, 2007, left Disco with a brain haemorrhage and a broken back.
He is now unable to work because of memory problems caused by his brain injury and is also suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
A year ago, the 36-year-old, who lives in Ashwood, Kearsley, was unable to run more than mile, but next month he will take part in Tough Mudder, a gruelling 12-mile obstacle course in Malpas, Cheshire, in memory of his niece, Maddie Rose Gooch.
Having spent many years as a Royal Marine, Close Protection Officer and Emergency Medical Technician I have been privileged to hear and witness many acts of courage. However, Disco’s action on that day stand out as the most heroic that I have ever known. Disco instilled confidence into our team, safety and professionalism. Without him we would’ve been weak.
Next weekend he will yet again challenge himself, taking on a massive task. In order to support his cause we shall do what we do best…come together as a family, a community, to support his cause. Bring friends, family, anyone who will. When it hurts, think of him as for this time next week he shall be thinking of Maddie Rose Gooch.
Disco, you are everything we strive to be. We will have you on our minds next weekend. It will be painful but you are as strong as you were when we were in the sand. Cross the line with a smile.
We at Reebok CrossFit Cardiff dedicate this workout to David De Souza, Disco.
10 Rounds for time of:
12 Double Kettlebell Cleans (24kg/16kg)
6 Double Kettlebell STOH (24kg/16kg)
Each time the KBs are dropped the athlete will perform 18 unbroken Double unders.