Aug 27th marked the start of season 2 for us. This was a big date because season 2 marks a step forward for the development of Ninja Warrior as a sport. For the first time in history, a league would feature different competitive divisions for youth!
Kor Komplex did not feature a youth division at this inaugural event. However, one youth decided to steal the show anyway. Thirteen-year-old Rachel Brown competed in the adult division. (She was allowed to compete with the adults because she qualified for Nationals last season before the league had age divisions) The petite teenager tackled every obstacle she came across with ease. Until she met the 14 foot warped wall.
Her first attempt brought her inches from the top. Her second attempt managed to get fingertips to the top of the wall before coming back down. She had one attempt left. With one attempt left, 13-year-old Rachel Brown did what no other female could complete that day! She made the warped wall!
Making the wall placed Rachel is 1st for the females division. She would actually progress through the course and make it to the spot where all but one of Saturday's competitors would fall, male or female.
Rachel's run makes one thing very clear. The youth is the future of this sport. There are other's out there ,like Rachel, that grow in talent every year. Now, with the addition of Youth Divisions to the National Ninja League, I expect to see more stories like Rachel's from across the Nation.