‘Why I built a gi­ant tower in my back­yard’

Albany Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

Sam Goodall has been scal­ing a 23m-high scaf­fold tower he built in his back­yard in a quest to be­come a Ninja War­rior.

What started as a joke has turned into a se­ri­ous en­deav­our for Australian Ninja War­rior Sam Goodall, who has built his own Mt Mi­doriyama.

Known as the Tradie Ninja, Mr Goodall will ap­pear on our screens again to tackle the gru­elling ob­sta­cle course of Ninja War­rior.

The Australian TV se­ries is back for a sec­ond sea­son and airs on Chan­nel 9 from July 8.

Mr Goodall is one of many con­tes­tants from the de­but sea­son who will re­turn.

How­ever, this ninja war­rior has built him­self a se­cret weapon; his very own Mt Mi­doriyama, a 23m tower and a replica of the fi­nal ob­sta­cle in the fi­nals.

To pre­pare for the first sea­son, Goodall built some ob­sta­cles from the show in his back­yard, but af­ter fall­ing short of fin­ish­ing the grand fi­nal course and the hard­est ob­sta­cle, he de­cided to take things one step fur­ther and built the Mt Mi­doriyama.

“Last sea­son I ex­pected to fall off the sec­ond or third ob­sta­cle, but I made it pretty far so I thought, why not go back and re­ally con­quer it,” he told the Albany Ad­ver­tiser

“I thought, what’s the point of do­ing the whole course, and fall­ing short of the last ob­sta­cle, so I thought I would start with the big one and work my way back from there.

“This is the grand fi­nal, fi­nal ob­sta­cle, so if I can con­quer this, I can con­quer the course.”

Nin­jas must com­plete ev­ery ob­sta­cle in the grand fi­nal to con­quer the tough­est chal­lenge, scal­ing Mt Mi­doriyama and, to suc­cess­fully do so, they must pull them­selves up a 22m-high rope in less than 30 sec­onds.

Per­haps the big­gest hur­dle the tradie ninja faced is the Ross River virus, which caused him to suf­fer from ex­treme fa­tigue, joint pain, fever and headaches.

I thought I would start with the big one and work my way back from there. Sam Goodall

“Ninja is a great thing to be a part of and I want to en­cour­age kids or any­one go­ing through a hard time that al­though life can throw you a curve­ball, you just have to get up and keep mov­ing for­ward,” he said.

“I rely on my fam­ily for sup­port, so to have them on the side­lines cheer­ing me on, that’s what keeps me go­ing.”

The prize money for Australian Ninja War­rior sea­son two has dou­bled to $200,000.

Mr Goodall will ap­pear in episode two, on Mon­day, July 9.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Ninja War­rior con­tes­tant Sam Goodall.

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