Helvin Ahmad Perth bound for Ninja Challenge League

Izah Azahari

An obstacle course athlete left Brunei Darussalam yesterday to compete in this year’s Ninja Challenge League (NCL) 2019 in Perth, Australia.

Mohd Hasnal Husna Ahmad, best known as Helvin Ahmad, is representing the Brunei Adventure Recreation Association (BARA).

He will compete in the NCL Finals 2019: Stage One Run.

According to the President of BARA Yasmin Patera, Helvin’s participation was accepted after BARA reached out to NCL Commissioner Mark Ravi on their interest to send a Bruneian to compete. He will be the only and first Bruneian competitor in the NCL.

A total of 106 competitors will vie for top honours.

Helvin has been competing since 2012 where he started with rock climbing competitions organised locally, before moving to obstacle challenge competitions. He won third place in the 2014 Ninja Warrior in Putrajaya, Malaysia behind participants from the United States and Japan.

Helvin also hopes to build a community of obstacle-based challenge athletes in the Sultanate.

“I hope we can somehow pull all this potential because I see a lot (of potential) in Brunei. I hope to get into the top 10 in NCL and I’d love to share it with the people of Brunei that we can do it, and athletes here have the skills and potential,” he said.

The NCL 2019 will be held on November 2-3.

NCL is Australia’s first ninja sports league created by Australian Ninja Warrior veterans Mark and David Ravi. NCL was first held at the Ninja Academy in 2015 and has evolved into a nationwide league format with competitions held in five ninja gyms across four states and territories around Australia in 2018.

Helvin Ahmad with members of BARA prior to departure at the Brunei International Airport. PHOTO: RAHWANI ZAHARI