Freeman Catholic College student Ivana Djakovic said her involvement with Fairfield-based movement team Dauntless Movement Crew helped her be crowned the inaugural school’s Fairfield Warrior at the Bring It On! Festival on Sunday.
The 17-year-old and her brother Nikola Jozo Djakovic, 16, won the respective school categories and received $500 for conquering the custom built obstacle course.
“We didn’t do any specific training but being part of Dauntless Movement Crew and doing parkour and acrobatics helped with the warrior course,” she said.
“It was amazing to win. The hardest part was the finger hold where you had to basically hold your body weight up on the tip of your fingers.”
The first Fairfield Warrior competition was the highlight of the Bring It On! Festival with competitors from across Sydney taking part.
Cameron McLintock, 26 of East Gosford won the male category, completing the course in a time of 59 seconds. Gemma Rolfe, 23 of Saratoga took out the female category in a time of 1 minute 52 seconds. They each received a trophy and cheque for $1000.
Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone presented the trophies in a midst of fireworks and confetti.
“Council sought to deliver something new and exciting with the Fairfield Warrior competition and we’ve proudly achieved that,” he said.
The Fairfield Warrior course featured nine obstacle zones including suspended ropes, a climbing wall and crash pool.
Former The X Factor Australia finalist Vlado Saric not only shared his high energy vocals as a headline act at the Youth Week event but also participated in the Fairfield Warrior obstacle-course competition.
Splash Down Entertainment created the course for the event.
Owner Deon Ellison said the Fairfield Warrior course was a test of physical and mental strength. “The thing is you can be the strongest guy in the world but if you don’t have balance on the log walk and try and rush you will become unstuck – so it’s not just a physical test,” he said.
He also proved prophetic when predicting a winning time: “I think some of the better guys could do it in under a minute.”