Taking Ninja Warrior By Storm

Published 02/26/2017

Photo courtesy of The Providence Journal

Our first competition of 2017 packed an impressive punch as 67 ninjas from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, New Hampshire and New York showcased their skills in our Jungle on Saturday, February 18, 2017!  Participants completed obstacles in an effort to qualify for the Ultimate Ninja Athlete Association (UNAA)’s regional competition with a chance to compete in the hit NBC show, American Ninja Warrior

Thirty-one youth, 12 teens and 24 adults took on a mix of our in-house obstacles, including but not limited to our salmon ladder, warped wall, peg medley, weighted sled push-pull and rail balances. 

Full of talent, triumph and mental toughness, we were excited to watch ninjas between the ages of 10- and 60-years-old take on our courses for the second year in a row! These events always deliver excitement, drama (the good kind) and inspiration, but what impressed us most was the level of sportsmanship and courage each ninja brought to the course. The confidence gained from experiences like this transcends into challenges inside and outside the gym, and we're proud of all of those who participated.

A job well done to all of our ninjas, and a special recognition for the top five in each age group!

 Kids Division, ages 10 through 12:

  • Evan McNeil
  • Lane Carte
  • Xander Maurikis
  • Carson Dean
  • Judah Johnson

Teen Division, ages 14 through 17:

  • Ryan Auger
  • Luke Dillow
  • Matthew Freitas
  • Nolan Lajoie
  • Andrew Salisbury

Adults, ages 18+

  • David Cavanaugh
  • Eli Chevalier
  • Christian DeRubeis
  • Jordan Thurston
  • Ernest Phillips

For even more photos from our competition, check out this spot in The Providence Journal!  

For scenes from last year, including participation from four-time American Ninja Warrior champion "The Weatherman" Joe Moravsky, click here.

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