CrossFit Defiance

Our Coaches

Our Team.


Ashleigh Townsend

Ash, a former collegiate and professional footballer in the USA,  studied and graduated with a Degree in Public Health and Exercise Sports Science. He began coaching because he has a passion for it and believes in the life-changing benefits of functional fitness. His goal as a fitness coach is to inspire individuals to make long-term lifestyle changes.

Coaching Credentials:

  • CrossFit Level 1 (CF L1)
  • CrossFit Level 2 (CF L2)
  • CrossFit Kids
  • CrossFit Endurance
  • CrossFit Online Lesson Planning 


With a passion for CrossFit Matt enjoys coaching others to achieve their fitness goals. He has spent a number of years playing rugby league and rugby union as well as enjoying climbing and mountaineering whilst traveling in New Zealand. When home from traveling Matt signed up and spent 5 months training as a recruit in the Royal Marines Reserves.

Coaching Credentials:

  • CrossFit Level 1 (CF L1)
  • CrossFit Gymnastics 
  • Level 2 fitness instructor
  • Level 3 personal trainer,
  • CrossFit Online Spot The Flaw;