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Local teen competes in American Ninja Warrior Junior and World Finals

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(WBNG) -- Building upon her background as a gymnast, 13-year-old Nevaeh Masso from Chenango Bridge, has become a Ninja Warrior.

In July 2019, she competed in the American Ninja Warrior Junior television competition.

This weekend, Nevaeh will compete in the National Ninja League World Finals in Greensboro, N.C.

"I watched the adult show before the junior show and I was like wow, that's cool," Nevaeh told 12 News. "I hope they have a kids' show. Maybe I could do it one day."

She entered only one Ninja Warrior competition in Rochester before applying for the television show competition.

In September 2018, she sent videos of her training in backyard courses and at the Warrior Factory Syracuse and Syracuse Ninja Barracks. After only four months of training, 12-year-old Nevaeh received the call from producers that she would be joining the show.

Through competing in American Ninja Warrior Junior, Nevaeh said she has learned from fellow kid and adult contestants and ninja warriors.

"I've learned physical things and mental things. Like breathe and have fun with the course. Don't always rush. There's some things (obstacles on the course) you can go fast on, some things you go slow on", Nevaeh says.

She loves giving advice to other athletes interested in becoming a Ninja Warrior.

"Make sure you want to do it. Put all your effort in it and have fun with it", Nevaeh says.

American Ninja Warrior Junior premieres Feb. 22 on Universal Kids. You can watch the episode Nevaeh competes in on May 2.

She will also be competing at the National Ninja League World Finals from Feb. 21 to 23.

Picture courtesy of American Ninja Warrior Junior.


Michelle Roberts

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