Diesel mechanic Krystal Barbour will try her luck on the Ninja Warrior obstacle course on Sunday night.
Diesel mechanic Krystal Barbour will try her luck on the Ninja Warrior obstacle course on Sunday night. Channel 9

Krystal swings into Ninja Warrior contention

COMPETING in a Spartan race inspired Krystal Barbour to apply for Australian Ninja Warrior.

The 33-year-old local diesel mechanic was one of just 200 athletes out of 8000 applicants to make the cut for this year's season despite spending only a few months training seriously for the show.

"I had a lot of fun on the obstacles at Spartan and I'd been going to the gym for a while, so I thought 'What better thing to apply for?'," she told the Chronicle.

Ms Barbour engaged a personal trainer to improve her agility and strength for the show's notoriously difficult obstacle course.

"There's nothing Ninja specific here, so we made due in the gym," she said. "We set up rings and I'd go from the bars to rings. We made things up to try to replicate it as best we could."

The Centenary Heights resident, who moved to Toowoomba from Western Australia seven years ago, said it was surreal to see the scale of the Ninja course for the first time during her heat, which airs on Sunday night.

She got to rub shoulders with some of the show's biggest stars, including Olivia Vivian, Jack Wilson and Ben Poulson.

"I was quite nervous, but very excited," she said. "Everyone was welcoming and it was a really good atmosphere."

The chilly Melbourne nights have thrown some contestants off their game, but Ms Barbour said the single-digit temperatures didn't both her.

"Toowoomba gets pretty cold, so I was already a little bit acclimatised," she said. "Then the nerves take over and you don't feel it as much."

She hopes to inspire others, particularly women, to apply for the show.

"I think anyone should apply. You should never underestimate yourself," she said.

"As a first timer, there's so much going on and you just don't know where to start but you've just got to keep focused and don't second guess yourself."

Australian Ninja Warrior airs Sunday at 7pm on Nine.


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