Victorian Gymnast crowned winner of Australian Ninja Warrior 2019
Victorian Gymnast Charlie Robbins has been crowned the winner of Season 3 of Australian Ninja Warrior after being the furthest and fastest ninja in last night’s Grand Final.
Charlie, a 21-year-old adult gymnast and from Peninsula Gymnastics in Rosebud, defeated fellow Peninsula Gymnasts Ashlin Herbert and Zak Stolz as well as 8 other contestants in the second part of the Grand Final to take out the mantle of Australian Ninja Warrior 2019.
"It's been such a crazy experience, the word I've used a lot is surreal. It literally just doesn't feel real. I don't think it will feel real for a long time," Chalie said after his Stage 3 run of the Grand Final Ninja Warrior course.
Despite being portrayed as a ‘Golf Ninja’ due to his passion for golf, Charlie has 15 years of Gymnastics training behind him which played a key part in his ninja success.
“Being able to swing on obstacles is the number one thing that helps you on the ninja course. Gymnastics teaches you how to generate swing which makes a massive difference in being able to conserve energy as you take on the ninja course,” said Charlie.
“This is one area that has really set the gymnasts apart from the other sportspeople and fitness professionals on Ninja Warrior.”
Charlie began doing KinderGym to develop fundamental movement skills as a four-year-old before spending several years competing in Men’s Artistic Gymnastics where his favourite apparatus were High Bar, Rings and Parallel Bars.
During high school Charlie joined the Peninsula Gymnastics Xtreme Teens recreational gymnastics program where the focus was on parkour-type gymnastics skills, before progressing to the Adult Gymnastics class which he is still a part of today.
Three years ago Charlie began coaching gymnastics as well; currently he coaches four nights a week at Peninsula Gymnastics focusing on trampoline gymnastics, recreational gymnastics, parkour style FreeG and Xtreme Teens.
Charlie believes working as a Gymnastics coach gave him another unique talent to help him as a Ninja Warrior.
“When you work as a Gymnastics coach you start to look at skills differently as opposed to when you are a gymnast. This coaching analysis was also really helpful with the obstacles on the ninja course.”
Peninsula Gymnastics Director Rebecca Robertson believes Charlie is a great role model for younger gymnasts.
“Charlie’s success is testament to his love of movement and how he has continued with gymnastics for the last fifteen years,” said Rebecca.
“He has a passion for movement, enjoys challenging himself and really embraces the social side of gymnastics with our other adult gymnasts and the athletes he coaches.”
Gymnastics Victoria CEO Jamie Parsons is thrilled to see the role Gymnastics has played in Charlie’s Ninja Warrior success.
“Many Ninja Warrior contestants are familiar to the Gymnastics community so it’s no surprise to us that Charlie did well because of his gymnastics background,” said Jamie.
“Gymnastics develops crucial fundamental movement skills and we look forward to training the next generation of ninja warriors in the variety of ninja gymnastics classes happening all across Victoria.”
Gymnastics Victoria congratulates Charlie on his Ninja Warrior success.
Ninja Gymnastics programs running across Victoria can be found here