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Newcastle’s young Ninja Warrior fans in for a treat


Local Ninja Warrior fans are in for a treat this weekend with two-time contestant Jason Mitchell popping into Ninja Parc Newcastle.

The “Saxy Ninja”, as he’s affectionately known, reached the semi-finals on the popular TV program.

And, on Saturday 27 May, he’ll drop into the Cooks Hill facility – from 9am until 10.30am – to share some tips and tricks of the trade with youngsters aged 7 to 14.

Mitchell will also host a workshop, which includes demonstrations, obstacle coaching and games.

It’s a chance for youthful ninjas to learn how the pros conquer the warped wall, the floating steps and more, while taking their talents to the next level.

The Saxy Ninja admitted he was more than happy to impart his knowledge and passion with the future stars.

“Being a ninja involves a unique combination of skills that you don’t see in other sports,” Mitchell said.

“There’s a huge mental aspect, from problem solving to resilience.

“Plus, you need a wide collection of physical abilities you can draw on including balance, strength, flexibility and agility.

“I look forward to working with the mini ninjas.”

Ninja Parc recently launched a national championship league to allow ninjas to compete more seriously.

Local kids can participate in qualifier events and work their way up to a place in the Australian finals, hosted at different cities throughout the country each year.

“We’ve seen a huge spike in ninjas – 30% more than this time in 2022,” Ninja Parc program manager Mitch Bird said.

“And, many of them want the opportunity to take it on more seriously and regularly.

“Children as young as seven are able to compete, often alongside former Ninja Warrior contestants.

“We want this national championship league to really help build up ninja as its own sport and follow in the footsteps of other new-age ones that have really come into their own in the past few years, including parkour and sports climbing, which is now actually an Olympic discipline.

“We’re keen to support kids and provide them with a pathway to progress, improve and achieve great things within this sport.”

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