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box team

Iain first discovered CrossFit whilst living in the British Virgin Islands training for his third Ironman event and soon became addicted. 

When Iain was due to return to Guernsey both he and his friend and coach, Tom Wilson, decided to set up Guernsey's very own CrossFit Box.

Now that the dream is about to become a reality Iain has signed up for his fourth IM event in May 2018 and is looking forward to using CrossFit as a big part of his training programme.

IAIN WALKER

 

box owner

TOM WILSON

 

box owner

Tom started CrossFit in 2014 and has been living in the British Virgin Islands since 2012. Tom comes from a very strong sporting background and has been capped by his country of residence, starring on his rugby union international debut for the British Virgin Islands vs Barbados in 2015.

 

Tom has been coaching, personal training and involved in the fitness industry for over 6 years and is qualified across several fields, including being a certified Nutritionist. After proving to be a superb all round CrossFitter Tom became a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer after taking part in a course in New York in early 2015 and brings a youthful exuberance to the Castaway shelter, as a highly energetic and motivating Coach.

 

"CrossFit is such a unique model in that it doesn't discriminate between body types and rewards anyone with the motivation and commitment to keep at it. As a Coach I love to help people that want to make a difference to their lifestyle. Hands down the sense of community is what makes it even more special.”

CHARLIE RUSSELl

 

Charlie is a 22 year old CrossFit Coach and from Cumbria UK and has been with Castaway for almost 6 months. Charlie has been practising and coaching CrossFit as a discipline for over 5 years starting with a Coaching Apprenticeship with Crossfit JST to competing for Crossfit Central Lancaster as a team within competitions such as European Inferno and ‘The Teen Gauntlet’ where he finished 1st in his age category in the UK and 11th in the World.

 

Crossfit became a big part of Charlies life at the tender age of 16 training with his dad and has been involved ever since. Sport has always been a big part of Charlie’s life and the constantly varied aspect of Crossfit joined with the community was an instant hit. The technique aspect of coaching/training has been a big part of his ever-growing love and motivation for Crossfit, the little details which can make such a big difference!

 

Charlie is not only a superb athlete, he is also well qualified which have helped him develop his coaching. Qualifications include Personal Training Level 3, Gym Instructing Level 2, British Olympic weightlifting Level 1 and my Crossfit Level 1. Charlie is now CrossFit Level 2 qualified.

JOE MCGECHAEN

HEAD COACH

Joey has just joined the Castaway team and is a welcome addition.

 

Joey became involved in CrossFit 6 years ago and completed his Level – 1 CrossFit Instructor course in 2014 and is now CrossFit level 2 qualified, most notably at Form Leeds, one of the largest and most prestigious CrossFit Boxes in the UK. Joey has seen some success as an athlete, with several podium finishes in team competitions such as, 2nd place at The Coalition games 2016 and 1st place at Train Manchester’s pairs competition 2016. As an individual he has competed to a high standard, at The Rainhill Trials 2015, The British Championships 2015 and The Athlete Games 2016, finishing 4th, 16th and 24th respectively. Joey has recently finished 154th/21,219 in the Europe Central region during this year’s 2018 CrossFit Open.

 

Before CrossFit, Joey was a talented rugby player. Playing and Captaining all through school, at his local club Otley RUFC and at county level for West Yorkshire and Yorkshire. He also saw some success playing rugby league, representing England Students against Scotland and briefly playing semi-professionally with Featherstone Rovers. Unfortunately, injuries stopped Joey in his tracks and led him away from playing rugby.

 

Joey has a wealth of coaching experienced to draw upon. As well as being a CrossFit coach, he is also a qualified personal trainer. Whilst also studying his sport and exercise science degree. Joey has been working as the strength and conditioning coach with the university rugby league and netball teams this past 2017/18 season. This experience has helped Joey develop and understand a great deal of knowledge, in the field of strength and conditioning. He is well versed in writing and implementing periodised team and individual strength and conditioning programmes, as well as generalised exercise programmes for casual gym goers. All of this, combined with his time spent coaching and competing in CrossFit gives Joey a very well-rounded background in the field of sport, fitness and nutrition.

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