The mission of Obstacle Australia is to promote obstacle sports throughout Australia and meet the requirements specified by the Australian Olympic Committee and World Obstacle, the Fédération Internationale de Sports d’Obstacles.
Obstacle Australia is a member based nonprofit that represents the needs of obstacle athletes, events, viewers and supporters through representation and engagement.
To promote obstacle sports, including Ninja, Obstacle Course Racing and Adventure Racing throughout Australia by raising the standards of competition, sportsmanship, grassroots involvement and safety.
Ninja is the sport that started in Japan as Sasuke and was popularized by American Ninja Warrior TV shows. Over 1 billion people watch Ninja Warrior and Sasuke shows in 148 countries.
Ninja competitions are timed events where individuals or teams race through an obstacle course and complete the most obstacles in the fastest time. Courses range in length between 25m and 200m and include four or more Ninja Warrior style obstacles.
Commonly known as OCR, Obstacle Course Races are timed events where teams or individuals run and overcome obstacles. Courses vary in distance, with track events of 100m to 800m, cross country commonly 3 km, 5 km, 10km, 15 km, 21 km and 42 km, ultra distance and set time events. OCR terrain and obstacles are highly varied, with trail, road, and cross country running, crawls, walls, carries, lifts, technical , and natural features such as hills, pits and water crossings.
Adventure Racing events include sprints of a few hours through Expeditions of many days. Natural terrain obstacles such as mountains, deserts, rivers and oceans are common. Teams of 2, 3 or 4 use any means of non-motorized transport to navigate distances up to 1,000 km or more. Sprint Adventure Races were popularized in the 1980’s and 1990’s introducing man-made obstacles, fewer disciplines, less equipment and shorter distances. Originally popularized by the Raid Gauloises, and Eco-Challenge.