Twins qualify for first junior Ninja nationals

Twins Ashlee and Kelsey Bryan have qualified for the first Ninja Challenge League national finals.
Twins Ashlee and Kelsey Bryan have qualified for the first Ninja Challenge League national finals.

CITY Beach twins and aspiring Australia Ninja Warrior competitors Ashlee and Kelsey Bryan (12) will compete in the first Ninja Challenge League (NCL) national finals being held at Ninja Academy in Osborne Park in November.

The duo qualified with strong performances in the first two qualifying events and will still compete in the third qualifier being held at Osborne Park on Sunday.

The new youth competition has boys and girls competing alongside each other tackling the same eight obstacles testing balance, agility and grip strength.

Ashlee, who finished first in her age group at the first two qualifiers, said it proved girls could be stronger than boys.

“It was so exciting to win because of lot of people see boys as stronger for ninja and it’s good to prove that girls can be just as strong,” she said.

“I’m a bit nervous because the expectation is that I’ll go really well, but I’m really looking forward to giving by best shot and hopefully I can complete the course again.”

Kelsey, who is yet to finish all eight obstacles in competition, said she hoped to join her sister on the podium on Sunday.

“We love doing ninja together and to both get to the end together would be the best,” she said.

NCL co-founder Mark Ravi, a two-time veteran of Australia Ninja Warrior, said the addition of a youth competition had been in the works for a long time.

“We always wanted to get kids active and involved, but we waited until we were sure we could provide a fun, safe environment to test their physical abilities,” he said.