Gunnedah’s Leah Keam is preparing to attend the World Ninja Athlete Games in the United States next month.

Competing at the Anaheim Convention Centre, the Year 8, St Mary’s College Gunnedah student is currently ranked first in the NSW Under 13 Female division and fourth in Australia.

‘Light It Up Leah’ as she is known in ninja athlete circles, will be competing in the UNAA – Ultimate Ninja Athlete Association; OCR – Obstacle Course Racing and FINA – Federation of International Ninja Athletics.

This will allow Leah to be ranked among the world’s best under 13 female athletes.

For all these competitions, Leah was required to enter and place in Australia to then qualify for a place at the world event.

Leah’s mum, Cindy, said the five-day competition has been a long time coming for the youngster who has been hard at work in preparation.

On most weekends, Leah is either competing at events in Australia or assisting with training and Ninja athlete instruction at the Boggy Ninja Academy run by Cruze Morley. The centre has become a drawcard for birthday parties and school holiday clinics.

Late last year, Leah placed fourth at the Ultimate Ninja Athlete Association (UNAA) Australia Regional National Championships in Boggabri.

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