LINK TO ICE HABIT Re­la­tion­ship with dad said to be rocky

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SEAN FEW­STER

SLAIN Ade­laide Crows coach Phil Walsh had been in con­flict with his son about the 26- yearold’s life­style in re­cent weeks.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion will fo­cus on their re­la­tion­ship and the spi­ral of Cy Walsh from yo­gaprac­tis­ing, med­i­tat­ing “couch­surfer” to ac­cused killer.

Cy Walsh en­tered no plea to a charge of mur­der at a bed­side hear­ing in a hos­pi­tal psy­chi­atric ward yes­ter­day.

Sources say the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Walsh and Cy, who lived at his par­ents’ home and with a friend nearby, was rocky.

On a “couch- surf­ing” web­site, Cy out­lined a seem­ingly idyl­lic life­style: “My par­ents and me share the space, the spare bed­room is ready to go with in­flat­able mat­tress. Smok­ing is fine, pet dog in res­i­dence ( Jack Rus­sell), near oval for Aussie rules games. We sleep early and wake early.”

On one of two blogs, he spoke about vi­o­lence in schools: “We co­ex­ist in a so­ci­ety where vi­o­lence is an ac­cepted part of daily life.

“It comes back to our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as fully de­vel­oped adults to set good ex­am­ples for our chil­dren.

“We need to cul­ti­vate a cul­ture of nur­tur­ing, safety and love, not one of vi­o­lence, bul­ly­ing and fear.”

Though his

fa­ther was

a high- pro­file sports leader, lit­tle was known about his son.

Pho­tos on the Face­book ac­count of mother Mered­ith Walsh show a happy, smil­ing fam­ily, shar­ing a din­ner ta­ble.

But in April, Phil Walsh gave a hint of strug­gles try­ing to “re­con­nect” with his son af­ter his ob­ses­sion with foot­ball.

In his couch- surf­ing pro­file, Cy Walsh de­scribes him­self as a bar­tender from Gee­long with a diploma in Ja­panese. He says he has lived in Ja­pan and vis­ited Cam­bo­dia, In­dia, In­done­sia, Ja­pan, Laos, Thai­land, Viet­nam and the Ama­zon.

His “cur­rent mis­sion” is to “pre­pare my­self fi­nan­cially, spir­i­tu­ally and lin­guis­ti­cally for the adventure of my life”.

He lists his in­ter­ests as yoga, med­i­ta­tion, surf­ing, crossfit and learn­ing to play gui­tar.

Another of Cy Walsh’s on­line pres­ences is a Word­press blog, con­tain­ing two re­search pa­pers posted in Au­gust 2013.

The first is an es­say on school vi­o­lence, ex­am­in­ing how me­dia re­ports in­flu­ence pub­lic opin­ion about the is­sue.

The sec­ond es­say out­lines Cy Walsh’s thoughts on dis­ci­pline in schools.

“Zero tol­er­ance pol­icy, and in­deed pun­ish­ment strate­gies in gen­eral, pro­duce un­de­sir­able re­sults. Pun­ish­ment ef­fects are short- term and fail to re­duce the fac­tors that con­trib­ute to mis­be­haviour.”

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