Ninja course sneaks into Albany

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on August 22, 2019

AN ALBANY ‘ninja’ began construction on a real-life ninja obstacle course rivalling the one from television show Australian Ninja Warrior this week and plans to open the doors to the adventure centre in mid-November.

Sam Goodall, known as the tradie ninja from Australian Ninja Warrior, has combined forces with nature playground builder James McLean to create Unhinge the Ninja, a business venture that will form part of a broader vision, Albany Indoor Adventures.

The pair recently signed a lease to occupy a vacant building on the corner of Sanford Road and Albany Highway, and plan to have things up and running before the Christmas school holidays.

“We’re really energised about getting kids off screens and getting body exercise, not thumb exercise,” Mr McLean said.

“I approached Sam after I saw him on Australian Ninja Warrior and we’re working together to create a nature ninja workout studio with an edgy, urban twist.”

Mr McLean remained tight-lipped about what else was planned for the centre but told the Weekender there would be a variety of full-size obstacles, a warped wall and a rock-climbing setup, amongst other activities.

The entire indoor adventure centre will be suitable for all ages and host classes, workshops and monthly competitions.

“I’ll be training here for the next season of Australian Ninja Warrior,” Mr Goodall revealed.

“So, it will all be proper full-scale as well as a great place for families to come and do something together – there will be an intermediate and an advanced course so anyone can give it a go.”

Mr McLean said a massive undercover carpark would allow lots of people to visit the adventure centre, that birthday parties would be able to be hosted at the centre, and that the centre would likely trade six days a week, Tuesday to Sunday.