Lanarkshire’s Ninja Warrior joyful to be upstaged on TV regardless of storming over the course

Thousands and thousands of viewers tuned into Ninja Warrior UK final weekend and have been captivated by a tie that includes a North Lanarkshire businessman.

Robert Bandosz, 32, who runs {an electrical} enterprise in Motherwell stormed over the course in nicely beneath a minute.

However he was delighted that his super efficiency was upstaged by rival competitor Mat Armitage who misplaced the underside half of one in all his legs in a motorcycle accident.

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When Robert realised he’d been drawn in qualification towards Mat it left him with conflicting feelings at first.

Mat, who had appeared in a earlier collection earlier than his accident, stole the present regardless of shedding the warmth to Robert, by beating the wall and ending the course – the primary amputee to take action. And Robert dropped to his knees in recognition of tearful Mat’s unimaginable achievement.

“I felt a bit confused at first after I knew I used to be going to compete towards an individual who had misplaced his leg in an accident,” stated Robert. “However everybody is aware of the Armitage household for doing parkour and freerunning. Mat got here to me and informed me to not fear about him however to do my finest.

Robert Bandosz and Mat Armitage pictured backstage at Ninja Warrior UK (Picture: Robert Bandosz)

“There are lots of rivals who don’t full the observe. Mat was a bit burdened that he wouldn’t full it due to his leg however I stated, ‘Take a look at my pal in Poland, he misplaced his leg in a motorcycle incident’. I confirmed him a video of my pal who virtually made the ultimate and this helped give him perception.

“Mat contaminated me together with his constructive vitality. I realised that we didn’t meet by chance and limitations are solely in our heads.”

Robert, who runs a private health and coaching enterprise in Warsaw, moved to Scotland as a youngster after leaving faculty. He educated to be an electrician at North Glasgow Faculty within the Springburn space of Glasgow earlier than shifting to Motherwell.

“My mum and my step-dad reside in Carfin,” he revealed. “I got here to Scotland in 2006 and went to varsity in Glasgow. In 2012 I moved again to Poland however I’ve two companies, I’m a private coach and dietician. And with my dad, who died simply final 12 months, we had the electrician’s firm in Motherwell.”

Robert has featured in all however one collection of the present in Poland (Picture: Robert Bandosz)

Whereas he’s a newcomer to the Ninja Warrior UK programme, Robert is a seasoned-pro having beforehand competed in all however one collection of the Polish model of the present.

“I’ve been within the Polish present (collection) 5 occasions and solely missed the fourth version,” stated Robert. “We now have the sixth collection on concurrently the UK one and have already recorded the seventh however it received’t be on TV till March or April 2023.

“I utilized for the UK present three years in the past, precisely after Tim Champion received it, however then the present stopped due to Covid. So I’ve waited three years.

“There are totally different codecs between the 2 exhibits. In Poland we nonetheless have the essential Ninja Warrior format, and there are a couple of variations. For instance, in Poland there are round 200 individuals within the crowd however right here within the UK there are about 1000. The group was so loud.

Ninja Warrior Robert tackles a course (Picture: Robert Bandosz)

“In Poland it’s a lengthy recording day, the place some occasions there are 10 or 12 hours ready within the one place for simply two or three minutes. It’s actually nerve-racking. It’s a lot faster within the UK and extra comfy to your psychological well being. And there’s additionally a break of a day between the competitions right here.”

Robert has a 5 12 months previous son Bruno who has been participating in Ninja Warrior coaching with him.

“I’ve my very own membership and my son watches me on a regular basis and comes coaching with me. I’m joyful he likes doing the identical issues as me, however I received’t pressure him to do sport sooner or later because it’s actually laborious work if you wish to do it as knowledgeable”.

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