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Pocket Rocket ninja Lisa Parkes-Jetha training in Byron. Photo supplied.
Pocket Rocket ninja Lisa Parkes-Jetha training in Byron. Photo supplied.

Did you know there was a ninja in your midst?

Mother of three, Lisa Parkes-Jetha, aka Pocket Rocket, has fought her way through 6,000 applicants down to the last 60 ninjas who were selected to compete in Channel Nine’s Australian Ninja Warrior that will begin airing this Sunday July 9.

‘There were two things my mother always told me,’ said Lisa.

‘That there is no such word as can’t and that you just need to believe in yourself and you’ll be ok.’

Having been told she would never be able to walk again after breaking her back, Lisa took these sayings to heart and rehabilitated herself back to walking.

She now runs a personal training business, Sea Change, in Byron Bay and will be opening a new business, Ninja Play, in the Byron Bay industrial estate with open days on August 26 and 27.

Inspired to compete in the Australian Ninja competition to show her kids that ‘anything is possible’ the experience has inspired her to continue obstacle training and develop her new business Ninja Play.

Incorporating her training into her daily life Lisa would go running with her pram see a pole and give it a quick climb on the way.

‘I just had to build it into my life,’ she said with a laugh.

Many of the competitors in the TV show are professional athletes, while Lisa would look up various techniques on Youtube and practice in the playground with her kids.

‘I feel really honoured and privileged to have participated and have met some amazing and inspiring people.

‘The experience instilled in me that life is too short not to believe in yourself and this is really something that I wanted my kids to understand – that you really need to live your life and follow your dreams and passions.’

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