Zed climb­ing to top

Pinjarra Murray Times - - FRONT PAGE - Victoria Ri­fici

HALLS Head res­i­dent Zed Col­back’s love for climb­ing up walls has landed him a spot in the semi-fi­nals of Chan­nel Nine’s Aus­tralian Ninja War­rior.

The 25-year-old geared up for the na­tion’s tough­est ob­sta­cle course on Sun­day night and is one step closer to the ul­ti­mate prize of $200,000.

The Man­durah Rock Climb­ing man­ager said the chal­leng­ing stint was not what he ex­pected.

“It was ridicu­lously fun, the crowd was awe­some and the ob­sta­cle course was a lot of pres­sure but get­ting through it was a good feel­ing”.

His brother-in-law ‘Tradie Ninja’ Sam Goodall, who had a berth in last year’s grand fi­nal, in­spired him to take on the chal­lenge.

“My sis­ter wouldn’t stop nag­ging me to go for it so I ap­plied but didn’t ex­pect to get ac­cepted and through the heats,” he said.

He said he was no gym junkie and had gained his strength and pace through climb­ing. “I just climb,” he said, “I first climbed to the top of a rock when I lived in Al­bany and I felt I had to do this, I was made to do this.”

Col­back said he would train at Man­durah Rock Climb­ing, and be­fore and af­ter work at home on his self-built 2.5m climb­ing wall.

“I do climb­ing-based train­ing like body weight stuff, fin­ger strength, move­ment, co-or­di­na­tion, bal­ance,” he said,

“All that thrown in the mix with the ob­sta­cle course; it went re­ally well, to my sur­prise,” he said.

Al­though he trains in­doors, Col­back said he loved climb­ing in the great out­doors.

“I’ve climbed in Thai­land and I’ve re­cently come back from a climb­ing trip up north in Kal­barri,” he said

“I love the out­door scene, the chal­lenge, the ad­ven­ture and the ef­fort of climb­ing out­doors.”

Col­back will next ap­pear on Aus­tralian Ninja War­rior on July 29.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d484827

Zed Col­back gets his strength from climb­ing.

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