Josh, centre, is heading to Miami after qualifying to compete in an international CrossFit competition.
Josh, centre, is heading to Miami after qualifying to compete in an international CrossFit competition. Supplied

Young paraplegic father taking on the CrossFit world

IT was a tragic accident that changed his life forever.

Expectant father Josh Young was mountain biking with some friends when he crashed, fracturing and dislocating his L1 vertebrae.

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Unable to feel his legs, Josh was airlifted to hospital and later transferred to an acute spinal unit.

There was hope he might regain some feeling in his legs but he never did.

In that moment, Josh became a paraplegic.

"He has no feeling from the belly button down. He is completely paralysed," Josh's now-wife Kati said.

Kati and Josh got married in July
Kati and Josh got married in July Supplied

At the time of the accident, Kati was pregnant with their daughter. They hoped Josh would be home before their baby would be born.

The young boilermaker spent a month in the spinal unit after having more surgeries to stabilise his spine and then three months in rehab.

"It was crazy with two young children and being pregnant. But looking back you do what you have to do," Kati said.

But Josh came home five weeks before their daughter was born.

Also in the middle of building a house prior to the accident, the family had to move out of their rental. So they moved in with Kati's sister.

"They did some home modifications to suit him - they removed a wall, put rails in and a ramp."

A couple of months later the now-family of five moved into their new house and in July this year, Josh and Kati got married.

While settling into their new life, Kati said CrossFit Diamond Valley, a gym Josh had always been a part of got in touch.

Josh is the only Australian adaptive athlete to qualify
Josh is the only Australian adaptive athlete to qualify

"They said if you want to come back we'll support you. 

"He and his coach Nicky worked out how to adapt things to suit him and he started weekly sessions to build up some strength and slowly he got himself back into CrossFit," Kati said.

And now, Josh is heading to Miami after qualifying to compete in an international CrossFit competition.

Josh came eight in the world in the seated mens' adaptive division of the Wodapalooza Online Challenge and Qualifier.

Kati said he is the only Australian adaptive athlete to qualify.

In January. Josh will join people from all over the world in Miami for a big four day CrossFit event.

"It's a massive achievement," Kati said.

"I'm super proud of him."

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