WESTFORD — A fifth-grade student will compete in the Ultimate Ninja Athlete Association World Championship at the end of this month.
Wyatt Wong, an 11-year-old from Westford has qualified for the UNAA championship in Orlando, Florida from July 26 to July 30.
The challenge pits individuals and teams against one another to compete for the best performance and time in a given obstacle course.
He currently ranks 19th in the U11 division, which hosts athletes ages 11 and under.
“He’s just a kid who climbed before he walked, he is incredibly strong and if there’s something to climb he will climb it, he has no fear,” Kelly Wong, Wyatt’s mother told WestfordCAT. “It comes naturally for him. It really does build his confidence in a way that other sports haven’t.”
Wyatt qualified for the championship last year in Las Vegas, where Wong says he “didn’t have the showing he hoped for at that point.”
“He’s hoping he’ll do a little better this year. Honestly, it’s just so fun, it’s the most fun sport that they do,” she said.
Wyatt now trains at USA Ninja Challenge in Hudson, NH, a year-round obstacle course training facility in order to improve his performance.
Wong says the family hopes to fundraise to cover some costs of attending the championship. The family has raised $1,140 on GoFundMe, just under half of their goal of $3,000.
Donations can be made on GoFundMe or through Venmo @Kelly-NelenWong.