After missing out on the semi-finals by one position last year, nothing was going to stop Albury-born Zoe Featonby going further than any other woman on last night’s Australian Ninja Warrior.
Featonby, known as the Titanium Woman because of a rod and screws in her spine, said last year’s disappointment drove her to train harder, faster and more diversely.
Last night, Australia watched as her hard work paid off and she qualified for the semi-final, but fell short at the Basket Toss.
“To know I have improved and my training was worth it – and I’m able to step foot on that semi-final course – is a real sense of relief and accomplishment.” she said.
Featonby said experience of being on the course was unlike anything you could do in training.
“It’s all a bit of a blur to be perfectly honest,” she said.
“You step out there and you’ve got this crowd that’s just chanting your name, you’ve got commentators, you’re so nervous, it’s late at night and you’ve got so much adrenaline pumping – it’s so easy to slip up and make a crucial mistake.”
Zoe will appear in the second semi-final heat.