Harvey’s Rhys Landwehr talks about his Ninja Warrior experience

Briana FioreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Rhys Landwehr wins the Harvey Firebrigade Men's Competition.
Camera IconRhys Landwehr wins the Harvey Firebrigade Men's Competition. Credit: Picture: Briana Fiore

High achiever Rhys Landwehr has his eyes set on the summit as he trains for both the fire brigade and Australian Ninja Warrior competitions on top of studying to become a doctor.

The Harvey resident was recently crowned Champion Men’s Fireman at the Harvey Twilight Demo on February 8. This was off the back of an outstanding performance at the State Championships in Fremantle last year, where he won Champion Firefighter.

The 20-year-old said he had been involved with the Harvey Fire Brigade for almost a decade after his pop encouraged him to head down and give it a go.

The brigade is not the only obstacle course the fitness enthusiast has been clearing. He also took part in last season of the Australian Ninja Warrior series.

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He made it to the televised semi finals but crashed out before the warped wall.

“You don’t see the course beforehand, so I had a lot of nerves. I lost my rhythm and plummeted into the water,” he said.

He said training at the Ninja Academy in Perth was a good outlet from studying. “Being able to train gives me a break between studying for exams,” he said.

The self-confessed “nerdy ninja” said his dream was to become a doctor. Mr Landwehr is two years into a direct pathway to medicine at the University of Western Australia, with four years remaining.

“Next year I get to do prac which I’m so excited about, I really enjoy the hands-on element,” he said.

Mr Landwehr said he had applied for the next season of Australian Ninja Warrior, however is unable to reveal whether he was successful.

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