Hawkesbury Hornets BMX Club rider Daniel Walker has swapped his bike for the obstacles of hit show Australian Ninja Warrior, and is set to light up screens across Australia this Sunday
A chance meeting with BMX track builder Brett Barnes led Daniel Walker to join the newly formed Hawkesbury Hornets club in Sydney’s north west when he was 10-years-old. Now at the age of 27, he’s taken on a new challenge as a Ninja Warrior.
The hit TV show which has been a ratings success across the world landed in Australia in 2017, and this year Walker is among the hopefuls eager to tame the mind-bending obstacle course in the second Australian series.
While Walker is familiar with the thrills of riding a BMX, when the show he loved was suddenly on Australian shores last year, he knew he had to have a go at it.
The excitement is getting real!!! only few days to go, but i'm not counting or anything.
“I watched the show for years when it was on in other countries. When I found out it was on in Australia last year, I stepped back from BMX a little to concentrate on ninja training,” Walker said.
“Now I have a set up at home for training. Most BMX riders know you need to be strong in the bottom part of your body, but now I need to be strong at the top. Things like training your forearms by hanging for as long as you can make up my preparation.
“Like BMX, you know with ninja training that you will have a few failures along the way and come off. But fortunately, from so many times I have been riding I’m pretty confident and I’m an all-in kind of guy. I commit to what I do, so while there are some failures, there is much more success.”
Come Sunday night’s season two premier of Ninja Warrior on Nine, Walker will be stepping up to the plate as the BMX NINJA. While he remained tight-lipped on whether or not he could tame the infamous ‘warped wall’, Walker said the experience of running the world’s toughest obstacle course was incredible.
“The TV part is a bit ‘how you going’, because you have all these cameras and people watching. But I got into it with the audience and then it was just eyes forward and focus, Walker said.
“Being on the course was awesome, such a cool opportunity,” he enthused.
Ninja Warrior season two premieres on Sunday night on Nine at 7pm, and you can bet your bottom dollar that we’ll be cheering on the BMX NINJA!