Hunter Gebo will test his ninja skills in Greensboro, NC February 21-23
MANCHESTER, NH – Hunter Gebo, a 7-year-old second grader at Green Acres Elementary in Manchester, qualified to compete in the National Ninja League World Championships in North Carolina next month.
Hunter is a member of the Stealth Squad at USA Ninja Challenge in Manchester. He has been competing in National Ninja League Season V competitions all year and qualified for the World Championships over the weekend during a regional competition held at the gym of American Ninja Warrior Champion Drew Dreschel. Hunter will compete in the 6-8 age division.
Ninja obstacles are not the only obstacles Hunter has conquered. Hunter was born premature, weighing just over 2 pounds, and with a condition called Microtia which translates to “little ear.”
He has a deformed ear on his left side and no ear canal, leading him to experience significant hearing loss. Hunter has been a part of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program in the Manchester school district since the age of 3.
The family has set-up a GoFund Me page to help cover travel and other costs for the competition. Donations can be made at https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-get-hunter-to-worlds.
Concerned about adversity Hunter may face growing up, his parents initially enrolled him in ninja classes to empower and teach their son that he could do whatever he put his mind toward doing. But Hunter took quickly to the sport, leading the family to start attending competitions and constructing ad hoc obstacle courses in their apartment.
“He absolutely loves it,” said his mother, Nancy Glynn. “If he’s not at the gym or a competition, he’s creating cliffhangers and obstacle courses from whatever is around him. When he told us he wants to compete and eventually make it on to the American Ninja Warrior Junior show, we decided the best thing we can do is support him and provide as many opportunities as possible for him to follow his dreams. No matter what happens at Worlds, he is having this incredible experience and learning so much about how to set goals, work hard, reach high, and never set limits on what you can achieve.”
The World Championships will take place in Greensboro, North Carolina on February 21 to 23 and are conducted by the National Ninja League, which is overseen by founding ninja gyms across the country and competitors of the hit television show “American Ninja Warrior.” More information can be found at https://www.nationalninja.com/worlds.html.