LACEY – Few cities have their own savage ninja warrior.
Lacey does, however. Ava Colasanti appeared on the American Ninja Warrior game show during this season and has become a local hero.
She was joined by her family at a city committee meeting where she accepted a proclamation from the mayor. She wore her signature pink T-shirt which featured her Ninja Warrior slogan of “Savage” which she wore during her competition (You can’t spell “Savage” without “Ava”).
Mayor Peter Curatolo said the township wanted to recognize Ava’s talent and hard work for her athletic ability and determination. The teenager endured hours of training for a competition that features an obstacle course and various surprises that must be overcome with speed, agility and intelligence.
Ava spent a lot of time at a Toms River based training facility called Base Camp, “where she excelled in competition for three years, then joined the National Ninja League where she continued to excel and qualify for the. world championship in February 2019, “said the mayor.
Ava continued to train five days a week at base camp and in the garage of her house which her father had turned into a mini gym. She was also a member of the Lacey High School Track Team and in July 2019 she joined a Ninja organization called Center Court Sports.
She has competed against adults and despite an injury and time off from the pandemic, she was able to return to center court in September 2020 and qualified for the National Ninja League and won five league championships. She joined a rock climbing gym in Brick Township last November and a month later applied for American Ninja Warrior.
“His attitude, dynamism, determination and hard work have earned him national and national recognition,” said the mayor. She competed in the TV show 13e season during the summer and the 16-year-old qualified for the finals in August this year. The teenager did well, but the mayor noted “she was knocked out by the jumping spider”.
Ava said after receiving the proclamation: “Thank you, it really means a lot. I’m training hard and hope to do even better next year.
Township Clerk / Business Administrator Veronica Laureigh asked what got her involved in the Ninja competition.
Ava replied that she had watched the show when she was younger. “I told myself on my first day of base camp that I wanted to be there, so I trained really hard. It was awesome. “
The teenager said the cameras in the competition “definitely changed the dynamics.”
“We are all very proud of you,” said the mayor.