Gary Nowlan, 12, of Gawler East trains in X-Park at Bounce.
Gary Nowlan, 12, of Gawler East trains in X-Park at Bounce. Dylan Coker

Mini ninjas get into training

IT'S a craze that's capturing the attention of young and old.

While the grand final of Channel 9's Ninja Warrior airs Tuesday night, the game show has already inspired a future generation of ninjas who are flocking to obstacle courses in South Australia.

Bounce owner Seb Packer said the recent exposure of obstacle challenges through the show has seen interest soar in their X-Park course, which opened in November.

"We cannot keep up with the demand for X-Park, particularly during school holidays," Mr Packer said.

"It's an awesome freestyle playground, requiring agility, strength and co-ordination, where adults and kids can race their mates or race the clock."

Gary Nowlan, 12, of Gawler East, trains in the X-Park at Bounce.
Gary Nowlan, 12, of Gawler East, trains in the X-Park at Bounce. Dylan Coker

Ninja Warrior fan Gary Nowlan, 12, who recently tackled the X-Park course with his 13-year-old brother Angus, said he'd love to win the show.

He said the local, kid-friendly course at Bounce was "a great place to learn new tricks and become the Ninja Warrior of your dreams".

Outdoor obstacle course Mega Adventure in West Beach also has seen an increase in demand since this time last year, said general manager Stephen Grundy.

He said similar challenges include the overhead crossing, roman rings, monkey bars and rock climbing crossings.

"We have people coming through the park mentioning it's similar to Ninja Warrior," he said.

Australian Ninja Warrior has become a ratings juggernaut for Channel 9, drawing as many as three million viewers nationally on Sunday evening.

Since premiering on July 9, the show has averaged more than 1.5 million viewers a show, more than a quarter of the free-to-air television audience.

The original show that inspired it all, Japanese-based Sasuke, aired in 157 countries and inspired numerous spin-offs.

News Corp Australia

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