NLL Legend - Des Downie!

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Our latest NLL Legend is Des Downie! Des, an NL Leisure member who has been training at Wishaw Sports Centre for around 16 years recently took part in the upcoming 2019 version of Ninja Warrior.

Des who is 46, decided that he wanted to have a ‘goal’ that his training could focus around. After much deliberation and taking inspiration from watching the programme on TV, Des then settled upon competing in Ninja Warrior. Despite not thinking he would get picked to take part, Des impressed in his audition and was soon down in Manchester tackling the course in front of the TV cameras.

At first, Des' kids were split on the idea, Georgia his daughter was ecstatic that her Dad had decided to go for it, with his son a little sceptical – “embarrassed” in Des’ mind, but after witnessing the effort and commitment that Des was displaying in training he was soon on board with his idea! Des was training up to six times a week, and although he wasn’t hugely confident in himself he decided that it was time to change his attitude and take the plunge.

Des said that the support he received from his family was huge, thanking them and stating that he couldn’t have done it without them. Not only this, but the experience helped build Des’ confidence and was one that he enjoyed massively.

After Ninja Warrior, Des has now decided that he’d like to take part in a Natural Bodybuilding competition. We’d like to wish Des all the best with his future efforts and look forward to watching him in Ninja Warrior.

How did he get on? We’ll let you find out for yourself when the programme airs in summer of next year!

Be sure to check back for more great stories coming soon!

NLL Legend - Des Downie!

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