Welcome to the first of a series of CF42s athlete spotlight. First up is the lovable Leandra.

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How were you introduced to CrossFit?
Well I had no idea about Crossfit before I came to the box, so Crossfit42s introduced me to CrossFit really. I looked up an awful lot of youtube videos in the first few months, especially when a movement I had no idea would come up in a WOD like Sumo Deadlift High-pull. Who come up with those names?

You’ve been with us since 2011, how did you find out about CF42s?
Via my friend Lindsey Wherrett, who many of you would know. We had met previously at mum & baby yoga – a slightly different experience from CrossFit.

You started at the old box in Campbell St – what’s the best thing about our new box?
Not having to worry about someone dumping weights on your head when we had pushups & weights in the same WOD! More toilets. A nice spacious spot to do some mobility of just hang out and chat without interrupting the current class.

What’s the best advice you can give to a new member who has just started CrossFit?
Buy yourself your own skipping rope. It makes double unders much easier if you use the exact same length rope each time.

What’s the one movement you really want to master?
Rope climbs. My biggest goat at the moment.

Favourite memory at CF42s?
So many. Like many girls I remember the day that I did my first rxd pull ups.

I remember the time at the old box that I smashed my glasses on the pull up bar trying to do butterfly pull up and Drummond fixed them for me with electrical tape. Jerka whipping himself over and over again learning double-unders. Now days he is a skipping ninja.

What sticks out to you as the most enjoyable part of every class at CF42s
I love walking in the door, leaving the rest of the world behind to spend some time doing something just for me. And I love walking out the door too, because I always feel great afterwards.

When I walk into the gym, the first person’s name I check on the whiteboard is?

I don’t really have an arch rival at the moment. I don’t really check my score against others much anymore. Maybe Dee?

We often see you in Scrubs, tell us about your job
I recently have had a career change to become a registered nurse. Before that I was working in environmental certification at Forestry Tasmania so it has been quite a big change, and lots of people think I’m mad doing more work for less pay. I love it though. I work in the Oncology Ward (ie Cancer) at the Royal Hobart Hospital and I find it really rewarding to care for people who are measuring the time that they have left in weeks or months. It makes you reconsider what are the important things in your own life.

How old is your daughter Sasha?
5

She seem to love being at the box – will she join CrossFit Kids?
For sure.

What’s your favourite activity outside of the box?
Gardening. I have a huge vegetable patch, about 20 fruit trees and 12 chooks.

What is the first word that comes to mind when I say ‘Overhead Squat’?
Brilliant!!! I’ve really really struggled with OHS over the years but I’m getting much better and really love the challenge at the moment. I actually get sad if I miss an OHS WOD.

Which trainer has the best handwriting?
Drummond