Last year’s champion and fan favourite, Zak Stolz, has once again walked away with $100,000 after being the furthest fastest competitor in the Australian Ninja Warrior Season 6 Grand Final tonight
.Stolz, 23, who made history as Australia’s first back-to-back winner, said: “I’m delighted. The entire field this year was incredibly strong, with ninja legends and the addition of the teens. So to be able to hold up another season title would have to be the crowning achievement of my Ninja Warrior career.”
This season of Australian Ninja Warrior pushed a new crop of fearless ninjas and returning warrior legends to the outer limits of their endurance on the fastest course ever constructed. And for the first time, athletes aged 16 and 17 were allowed to enter the competition as we welcomed the Attack of the Teens. Plus, in a world first, ninjas raced side by side in a sudden-death showdown.
After starting the competition with 150 ninjas only eleven survived to make it through to Stage 2 of the Grand Final, including three impressive teens: Daniel Waterman, Saxon Johnstone and Ash Campbell.
Five ninjas then advanced to Stage 3: Ashlin Herbert, Jake Baker, Matthew Bowles, Zak Stolz and teen Saxon.
In a gripping finish, Zak held his strong form, falling short of conquering the daunting Mt Midoriyama but going one obstacle better than Ashlin, his best mate, to claim the Season 6 title of furthest fastest competitor on Australian Ninja Warrior.
Zak added: “Anyone who goes that deep into the course could have won the entire series. It really goes to show how cutthroat Ninja Warrior truly is, with years of training culminating in a single two to three-minute performance. Maybe some season down the track I’ll be able to live out the dream of climbing the mountain again.”
Tomorrow night the ninja action goes up another gear when the best crop ever assembled – including Zak, Ashlin Herbert, Ben Polson, Olivia Vivian, Judith Carroll and teens Daniel Waterman and Saxon Johnstone – return in a brand new special, Australian Ninja Warrior: Record Breakers.
The biggest names in Australian Ninja Warrior history will go head to head on five supersized obstacles as they attempt to smash Australian and world records, win cash prizes, and claim the bragging rights everyone wants. Ben and Ashlin will be even more determined as they attempt to break the world records they set last year.
With a total prize pool of $75,000 and $15,000 up for grabs for each obstacle win, they’ll be striving to go further, faster and higher than ever as they take on the Rising Mega Warped Wall, Super Salmon Ladder, Soaring Sonic Shelf Grab, the new Spring Forward Face-Off, and the Australian-first Big Dipper Freestyle Challenge.