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Budding ninjas battling it out for national title in Newcastle

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Some of Australia’s best ninjas will converge on Newcastle this weekend for the annual Championship League National Finals.

Participants, aged from seven to 34 years, are set to go head-to-head at Ninja Parc, located on the corner of Darby and Tooke streets in Cooks Hill, on Saturday 11 November.

The sport has witnessed a huge spike in the past 12 months, with 30% more ninjas than this time last year.

And, now, many of them want the opportunity to compete seriously and regularly, hence the introduction of the Championship League.

A series of competitions took place throughout Australia in 2023, building to the national finale.

As a result, in excess of 50 ninjas will vie for titles in their respective age category: 7-10 years, 11-15 years and 16 years+.

It all bodes well for an exciting way to end the season.

Ninja Parc national programs manager Mitch Bird said the championships would help further raise the profile of the sport in Australia.

“We want this [event] to really help build up the ninja concept on its own,” he explained.

“That way we can follow in the footsteps of other new-age sports that have really come into their own in the past few years, including parkour and sports climbing, which is now actually an Olympic discipline.

“Plus, we want to support kids and provide them with a pathway to progress, improve and achieve great things within this sport.

“The Championship League and other events like it are inclusive and welcoming.

“They provide ninjas of all ages and abilities with an equal opportunity to experience competition in a safe and supportive environment.

“This will be the last opportunity for a few years to watch the national championships in Newcastle as it heads to other host locations in the future.”

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