This grade 7 Lambton High student has been a member for almost four years at Ninja Parc Newcastle and has the skills to prove it! Audrey Wood is only 12 but she’s already showing age is no barrier, taking out third place at the recent Ninja Parc Club Championships in the teen division.
She’s a regular smiling face at the ‘Strong’ classes and parkour sessions, with her growing ninja skills becoming a secret weapon for another sport she loves – soccer!
As a player for the New Lambton U13s in the local National Premier Leagues competition, Audrey said her ninja training is a huge benefit to her soccer.
“The general fitness I get from the training at Ninja Parc is great for my agility while playing soccer, it definitely gives me an edge.
“I’m also very keen on competing at CrossFit when I’m older and the strength I get from all the climbing/hanging will hopefully help me with that,” said Audrey, whose favourite athlete is Tia-Clair Toomey the Australian 6-time CrossFit Games Champion.
Audrey’s dad, Ross, said he’s delighted his daughter has found an activity that she finds fun, while also improving her general strength and fitness, helping her in other pursuits.
“We went along one day as a family, and she loved it,” said Ross.
“She loves the social aspect of the classes, especially the adult classes, where she can often do things the ‘grown-ups’ can’t do, like legless rope climbs.
“I think it’s great for her. It’s a great whole-body exercise, she’s made some new friends and the competitions push her to want to get better.”
Watch this space – we think there are great things in store for Audrey in the future!