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Australian Ninja Warrior 5 was the fifth season of Australian Ninja Warrior, and the first season after the total victories of Zak Stolz, Charlie Robbins, and Ben Polson on the previous season. The show was taped in front of Stadium Australia in Sydney Olympic Park and premiered on June 20th, 2021 at Channel 9.

Although the competition was taped during the COVID-19 pandemic, since Australia had been able to control the pandemic at the time of the taping, audiences were allowed to attend the taping.

It was also announced that at the end of the season, a special edition named Australian Ninja Warrior: Record Breakers would be aired, consisting of top competitors attempting to break a record in supersized obstacles.

The Heats

The Heats on this season featured the Crossroads, a point on the course where the competitors will have to indicate their choice between two paths, labelled A and B, with two obstacles each to tackle, a very similar concept to the Crossroads in VIKING, the split-stage format on SASUKE Vietnam, and the Split Decision on American Ninja Warrior 13. Path A featured obstacles that have appeared on the previous seasons, while Path B featured new obstacles never seen before on Australian Ninja Warrior (in fact, these obstacles were firstly introduced on American Ninja Warrior 12, the latest American Ninja Warrior season at the time this season was taped). As a side note, the concept has been used in multiple international Ninja Warrior formats such as Ninja Israel and Ninja Warrior France. The Warped Wall's height had also been risen from 4.25 meters during the past four seasons to 4.35 meters.

At the end of each of the four heats, the top 19 competitors would advance to the semifinals and the top 2 competitors would compete on the Power Tower, with the winning competitor automatically advancing to the grand final (a very similar to the Speed Pass on American Ninja Warrior 11).

Heat 1

Obstacles

Shrinking Steps
Big Dipper to Pole Rider
Cyclone Spinner
Flying Shelf Grab (A) or Ring Chaser (B)
Floating Monkey (A) or Clockwork (B)
Warped Wall

Results

Place Name State/Territory Domicile Result Notes
1st Bryson Klein New South Wales Clear (1:51)
2nd Ben Polson Western Australia Clear (2:19)
3rd Todd Smith Queensland Clear (2:24)
4th Josh O'Sullivan New South Wales Clear (3:07) Digest. Full run was shown on 9Now.
5th Stewart Furze South Australia Clear (3:08)
6th Nathan Burnley Queensland 5. Clockwork (2:49)
7th Sam Roberts Queensland 5. Floating Monkey (2:45)
8th Cruze Morley New South Wales 5. Floating Monkey (3:38)
9th Trevor Salter Western Australia 5. Floating Monkey (3:38) Digest.
10th Katie Sparrow New South Wales 4. Flying Shelf Grab (1:59)
11th Matthew Dwyer New South Wales 4. Flying Shelf Grab (1:59) All cut. Full run was shown on 9Now.
12th Joel Hogan Western Australia 4. Flying Shelf Grab (2:02) Digest.
13th Olivia Vivian Western Australia 4. Ring Chaser (2:06)
14th Zane de Andrade Australian Capital Territory 4. Ring Chaser (2:16) All cut.
15th Darcy Elliston New South Wales 4. Flying Shelf Grab (2:25)
16th Clem Vertigan Victoria 4. Ring Chaser (2:43) All cut.
17th Andrew McDonald Tasmania 4. Flying Shelf Grab (3:02) All cut.
18th Melvin Solo Victoria 3. Cyclone Spinner (0:45)
19th Daniel Horvath New South Wales 3. Cyclone Spinner (0:55) All cut.

Power Tower Result

Place Name State/Territory Domicile Winning Competitor Notes
1st Bryson Klein New South Wales Bryson Klein
2nd Ben Polson Western Australia


Heat 2

Obstacles

Shrinking Steps
Big Dipper to Rope
Cyclone Spinner
Peg Board (A) or Weight for It (B)
Bar Hop (A) or Beehive (B)
Warped Wall

Results

Place Name State/Territory Domicile Result Notes
1st Ashlin Herbert Victoria Clear (1:52)
2nd Le Hua Queensland Clear (2:16)
3rd Daniel Mason Victoria Clear (2:26)
4th Rob Patterson Queensland Clear (2:37) Digest. Full run was shown on 9Now.
5th Mike Snow Victoria Clear (2:46)
6th David Lack Queensland 5. Bar Hop (1:46)
7th Rainer Scheu Queensland 5. Beehive (1:47) All cut.
8th Troy Cullen Victoria 5. Beehive (2:17) All cut.
9th Jeremy Soffe Western Australia 5. Beehive (2:31)
10th Will Kelly South Australia 5. Beehive (2:34) Digest.
11th Celeste Dixon South Australia 5. Bar Hop (4:09)
12th Raphaela Wiget South Australia 5. Bar Hop (4:39)
13th Andrew Luo New South Wales 4. Weight for It (2:06)
14th Jason Mitchell New South Wales 4. Weight for It (2:07) Digest.
15th Khaled Mahmoud New South Wales 4. Weight for It (2:08) Digest. Full run was shown on 9Now.
16th Ryan Rannard New South Wales 4. Peg Board (2:12) All cut.
17th Danielle Smith Western Australia 4. Peg Board (2:31) Digest.
18th Alicia Prosser Queensland 4.Weight for It (4:06)
19th Russel Morris South Australia 3. Cyclone Spinner (0:40)

Power Tower Result

Place Name State/Territory Domicile Winning Competitor Notes
1st Ashlin Herbert Victoria Ashlin Herbert
2nd Le Hua Queensland


Heat 3

Obstacles

Shrinking Steps
Big Dipper to Rope
Cyclone Spinner
Flying Shelf Grab (A) or Ring Chaser (B)
Floating Monkey (A) or Clockwork (B)
Warped Wall

Results

Place Name State/Territory Domicile Result Notes
1st Charlie Robbins Victoria Clear (2:13)
2nd Zak Stolz Victoria Clear (2:41)
3rd Mat Hutchins-Read New South Wales Clear (3:31)
4th Judith Carroll New South Wales Clear (6:06) First woman to complete the qualifying heat course this season and tenth woman to scale the Warped Wall on Australian Ninja Warrior.
5th Travis Edwards New South Wales 5. Floating Monkey (1:59)
6th Simon Duff New South Wales 4. Flying Shelf Grab (1:59) Digest.
7th Luke Filippi Queensland 4. Ring Chaser (2:41)
8th Matt Filippi Queensland 4. Ring Chaser (2:45) All cut.
9th Frank Crispo Victoria 4. Ring Chaser (2:46) All cut. Full run was shown on 9Now.
10th Jessica Russell New South Wales 4. Ring Chaser (2:15)
11th Nathan Ryles South Australia 4. Flying Shelf Grab (2:26)
12th Thierry Duff New South Wales 4. Ring Chaser (2:50) All cut.
13th Martin Jones Victoria 3. Cyclone Spinner (0:37) Digest. Full run was shown on 9Now.
14th Ryan Solomon Queensland 3. Cyclone Spinner (0:47)
15th Jeffrey Mercado New South Wales 3. Cyclone Spinner (0:48)
16th Justin Duff New South Wales 3. Cyclone Spinner (0:56) All cut.
17th Jordan Papandrea New South Wales 3. Cyclone Spinner (0:59)
18th Peter Day New South Wales 2. Big Dipper to Rope (0:17) Digest.
19th Jay Evans New South Wales 2. Big Dipper to Rope (0:19) All cut.

Power Tower Result

Place Name State/Territory Domicile Winning Competitor Notes
1st Charlie Robbins Victoria Charlie Robbins
2nd Zak Stolz Victoria


Heat 4

Obstacles

Shrinking Steps
Big Dipper to Pole Rider
Cyclone Spinner
Peg Board (A) or Weight for It (B)
Bar Hop (A) or Beehive (B)
Warped Wall

Results

Place Name State/Territory Domicile Result Notes
1st Dylan James New South Wales Clear (2:19)
2nd Jimmy Burrow New South Wales Clear (2:22)
3rd Sam Goodall Western Australia Clear (2:28)
4th Zed Colback Western Australia Clear (2:35) Digest.
5th Jake Baker Victoria Clear (2:42)
6th Paul Culloty Queensland Clear (4:18)
7th Cameron McLintock New South Wales Clear (4:38) Digest. Full run was shown on 9Now.
8th Chris White Western Australia Clear (4:55)
9th Eddie Burrill Queensland 5. Bar Hop (1:32) Digest.
10th Alex Bigg South Australia 5. Beehive (2:03) Digest.
11th Kayle Goldring New South Wales 5. Beehive (2:04) Digest.
12th Tom Pellow New South Wales 5. Bar Hop (2:22) All cut.
13th Eloni Vunakece New South Wales 5. Bar Hop (2:23)
14th Matt Laycock New South Wales 5. Bar Hop (2:41) All cut. Full run was shown on 9Now.
15th Zachary Orchard Victoria 5. Beehive (2:42) All cut.
16th Jack Wilson Queensland 5. Beehive (3:25)
17th Lisa Campbell Queensland 5. Bar Hop (4:23) Digest.
18th Justin Flegler Queensland 5. Beehive (4:38) All cut. Full run was shown on 9Now.
19th David Bowd New South Wales 4. Weight for It (2:19) Digest.

Power Tower Result

Place Name State/Territory Domicile Winning Competitor Notes
1st Dylan James New South Wales Jimmy Burrow
2nd Jimmy Burrow New South Wales

The Semifinals

72 competitors from the heats would compete across three semifinals (24 competitors in each semifinal), with the top 8 competitors in each semifinal advancing to the grand final and the top 2 competitors competing on the Power Tower, with the winning competitor receiving a second-chance advantage in the grand final (a very similar to the Safety Pass on American Ninja Warrior 11).

It is worth noting that the four competitors who had automatically advanced to the grand final by winning the Power Tower during their respective heats did not compete in the semifinals.

Semifinal 1

Obstacles

Log Runner
Double Dipper
Twin Trapeze
Flying Shelf Grab to Corkscrew
Dragon Back
Warped Wall
Wing Nuts
Spider Jump
Chimney Rope Climb

Results

Place Name Heat Placing Heat Result Notes
1st Zak Stolz 2nd 3 Clear (3:46)
2nd Rob Patterson 4th 2 Clear (5:03)
3rd Mat Hutchins-Read 3rd 3 7. Wing Nuts (3:20)
4th Dylan James 1st 4 5. Dragon Back (3:01)
5th Martin Jones 13th 3 5. Dragon Back (3:30) Digest.
6th David Bowd 19th 4 5. Dragon Back (4:31)
7th Sam Roberts 7th 1 4. Flying Shelf Grab to Corkscrew (2:00)
8th Nathan Ryles 11th 3 4. Flying Shelf Grab to Corkscrew (2:07)

Power Tower Result

Place Name Heat Placing Heat Winning Competitor Notes
1st Zak Stolz 2nd 3 Zak Stolz
2nd Rob Patterson 4th 2

Results of Other Semifinalists

Name Heat Placing Heat Result Notes
Raphaela Wiget 12th 2 2. Double Dipper Fell in a similar fashion with Mady Howard during American Ninja Warrior 11's Stage One.
Eloni Vunakece 13th 4 4. Flying Shelf Grab to Corkscrew
Paul Culloty 6th 4 2. Double Dipper
Tom Pellow 12th 4 4. Flying Shelf Grab to Corkscrew Digest. Full run was shown on 9Now.
Darcy Elliston 15th 1 2. Double Dipper Digest.
Cruze Morley 8th 1 2. Double Dipper
Alicia Prosser 18th 2 1. Log Runner Digest.
Melvin Solo 18th 1 2. Double Dipper Digest.
Russel Morris 19th 2 4. Flying Shelf Grab to Corkscrew Digest. 9th place. Full run was shown on 9Now.
Judith Carroll 4th 3 2. Double Dipper
Andrew McDonald 17th 1 4. Flying Shelf Grab to Corkscrew All cut. 10th place.
Joel Hogan 12th 1 2. Double Dipper All cut. Full run was shown on 9Now.


Semifinal 2

Obstacles

Log Runner
Double Dipper
Double Tilt Ladder
Flying Shelf Grab to Corkscrew
Dragon Back
Warped Wall
Basket Toss
Spider Jump
Chimney Rope Climb

Results

Place Name Heat Placing Heat Result Notes
1st Jake Baker 5th 4 Clear (4:15)
2nd Jack Wilson 16th 4 Clear (6:37)
3rd Olivia Vivian 13th 1 Clear (7:51)
4th Travis Edwards 5th 3 5. Dragon Back (2:18)
5th Ben Polson 2nd 1 5. Dragon Back (2:31)
6th Kayle Goldring 11th 4 5. Dragon Back (2:45)
7th David Lack 6th 2 5. Dragon Back (3:02) Digest. Full run was shown on 9Now.
8th Will Kelly 10th 2 5. Dragon Back (3:59) Digest. Full run was shown on 9Now.

Power Tower Result

Place Name Heat Placing Heat Winning Competitor Notes
1st Jake Baker 5th 4 Jake Baker
2nd Jack Wilson 16th 4

Results of Other Semifinalists

Name Heat Placing Heat Result Notes
Lisa Campbell 17th 4 2. Double Dipper
Jordan Papandrea 17th 3 2. Double Dipper
Trevor Salter 9th 1 4. Flying Shelf Grab to Corkscrew
Jessica Russell 10th 3 2. Double Dipper Digest.
Jeffrey Mercado 15th 3 2. Double Dipper Digest.
Justin Flegler 18th 4 2. Double Dipper Digest.
Eddie Burrill 9th 4 1. Log Runner
Ryan Solomon 14th 3 4. Flying Shelf Grab to Corkscrew Digest. 10th place. Full run was shown on 9Now.
Khaled Mahmoud 15th 2 4. Flying Shelf Grab to Corkscrew 9th place.


Semifinal 3

Obstacles

Log Runner
Double Dipper
Pipe Climber
Flying Shelf Grab to Corkscrew
Dragon Back
Warped Wall
Spinball Wizard
Spider Jump
Chimney Rope Climb

Results

Place Name Heat Placing Heat Result Notes
1st Mike Snow 5th 2 Clear (4:52)
2nd Alex Bigg 10th 4 Clear (6:01)
3rd Todd Smith 3rd 1 Clear (6:34)
4th Sam Goodall 3rd 4 Clear (7:41)
5th Josh O'Sullivan 4th 1 7. Spinball Wizard (4:18)
6th Le Hua 2nd 2 7. Spinball Wizard (4:19) Digest. Full run was shown on 9Now.
7th Troy Cullen 8th 2 7. Spinball Wizard (4:57) Digest.
8th Jeremy Soffe 9th 2 7. Spinball Wizard (5:04)

Power Tower Result

Place Name Heat Placing Heat Winning Competitor Notes
1st Mike Snow 5th 2 Mike Snow
2nd Alex Bigg 10th 4

Results of Other Semifinalists

Name Heat Placing Heat Result Notes
Zed Colback 4th 4 7. Spinball Wizard 10th place.
Celeste Dixon 11th 2 2. Double Dipper Fell in a similar fashion with Maggi Thorne during American Ninja Warrior 9's Stage One.
Daniel Mason 3rd 2 5. Dragon Back
Katie Sparrow 10th 1 2. Double Dipper
Peter Day 18th 3 4. Flying Shelf Grab to Corkscrew Digest.
Stewart Furze 5th 1 7. Spinball Wizard Digest. 9th place.
Chris White 8th 4 5. Dragon Back
Nathan Burnley 6th 1 5. Dragon Back Digest.
Luke Filippi 7th 3 2. Double Dipper Digest.
Zane de Andrade 14th 1 4. Flying Shelf Grab to Corkscrew All cut. Full run was shown on 9Now.


Unknown Results

Name Heat Placing Heat Result Notes
Matthew Dwyer 11th 1 Unknown All cut.
Clem Vertigan 16th 1 Unknown All cut.
Daniel Horvath 19th 1 Unknown All cut.
Rainer Scheu 7th 2 Unknown All cut.
Andrew Luo 13th 2 Unknown All cut.
Jason Mitchell 14th 2 Unknown All cut.
Ryan Rannard 16th 2 Unknown All cut.
Danielle Smith 17th 2 Unknown All cut.
Simon Duff 6th 3 Unknown All cut.
Matt Filippi 8th 3 Unknown All cut.
Frank Crispo 9th 3 Unknown All cut.
Thierry Duff 12th 3 Unknown All cut.
Justin Duff 16th 3 Unknown All cut.
Jay Evans 19th 3 Unknown All cut.
Cameron McLintock 7th 4 Unknown All cut.
Matt Laycock 14th 4 Unknown All cut.
Zachary Orchard 15th 4 Unknown All cut.

The Grand Final

28 competitors, consisting of 24 competitors from the semifinals and four competitors who automatically advanced to the grand final by winning the Power Tower during their respective heats, would battle it out to become the next "Australian Ninja Warrior". And since total victory had occurred on the previous season, the prize money for achieving total victory on this season had been reset to AU$200,000. AU$100,000 was also up for grabs for the competitor who made the furthest in the fastest time (but didn't achieve total victory).

Stage One

Obstacles

Snake Run
Launchpad to Trapeze
Broken Bridge
Triple Corkscrew
Ferris Wheel
Warped Wall
Salmon Ladder to Stair Hopper
Barrel Roll
Underwater Escape

Time limit: 335 seconds.

Results

Name Semifinal Placing Semifinal Result Notes
Jake Baker 1st 2 8. Barrel Roll Since he already earned the second-chance advantage during Semifinal 2, he would have a second attempt at Stage One.
Travis Edwards 4th 2 9. Underwater Escape Timed out.
Zak Stolz 1st 1 Clear (0:48 left)
Le Hua 6th 3 7. Salmon Ladder to Stair Hopper Digest. Fell at the Stair Hopper part.
Sam Roberts 7th 1 6. Warped Wall Digest. Failed after three attempts.
David Bowd 6th 1 2. Launchpad to Trapeze Digest.
Jimmy Burrow Power Tower Winner from Heat 4 1. Snake Run
Nathan Ryles 8th 1 3. Broken Bridge Disqualified for grabbing the support wire.
Ashlin Herbert Power Tower Winner from Heat 2 Clear (1:45 left)
Rob Patterson 2nd 1 Clear (0:31 left) Digest.
Mat Hutchins-Read 3rd 1 7. Salmon Ladder to Stair Hopper Digest. Fell at the Salmon Ladder part.
Dylan James 4th 1 7. Salmon Ladder to Stair Hopper Digest. Fell at the Salmon Ladder part.
Jack Wilson 2nd 2 6. Warped Wall Failed after three attempts.
Sam Goodall 4th 3 2. Launchpad to Trapeze
Olivia Vivian 3rd 2 Clear (0:20 left)
Josh O'Sullivan 5th 3 8. Barrel Roll Digest.
Alex Bigg 2nd 3 Clear (0:35 left) Digest.
Mike Snow 1st 3 Clear (0:13 left) Digest.
Bryson Klein Power Tower Winner from Heat 1 Clear (0:31 left) Digest.
Charlie Robbins Power Tower Winner from Heat 3 Clear (0:23 left)
Jake Baker 1st 2 Clear (0:43 left) Second run.
Ben Polson 5th 2 Clear (0:23 left)
Martin Jones 5th 1 Unknown All cut.
Kayle Goldring 6th 2 Unknown All cut.
David Lack 7th 2 Unknown All cut.
Will Kelly 8th 2 Unknown All cut.
Todd Smith 3rd 3 1. Snake Run All cut.
Troy Cullen 7th 3 8. Barrel Roll All cut.
Jeremy Soffe 8th 3 Unknown All cut.


Stage Two

Obstacles

Rolling Steel
Salmon Ladder to Unstable Bridge
I-Beam Gap
Spin Hopper
Dungeon
Crazy Cliffhanger to Rope

Time limit: 215 seconds.

Results

Name Semifinal Placing Semifinal Result Notes
Mike Snow 1st 3 6. Crazy Cliffhanger to Rope Since he already earned the second-chance advantage during Semifinal 3, he would have a second attempt at Stage Two.
Zak Stolz 1st 1 3. I-Beam Gap Since he already earned the second-chance advantage during Semifinal 1, he would have a second attempt at Stage Two.
Bryson Klein Power Tower Winner from Heat 1 2. Salmon Ladder to Unstable Bridge Fell at the Salmon Ladder part.
Alex Bigg 2nd 3 5. Dungeon
Jake Baker 1st 2 5. Dungeon
Ashlin Herbert Power Tower Winner from Heat 2 5. Dungeon
Charlie Robbins Power Tower Winner from Heat 3 Clear (0:16 left)
Rob Patterson 2nd 1 6. Crazy Cliffhanger to Rope
Olivia Vivian 3rd 2 3. I-Beam Gap
Ben Polson 5th 2 3. I-Beam Gap
Mike Snow 1st 3 6. Crazy Cliffhanger to Rope Second run. Fell at the Rope Climb part.
Zak Stolz 1st 1 Clear (0:06 left) Second run.


Stage Three

Obstacles

Criss Cross Salmon to Sling Shot
Doorknob Drop
Déjà Vu
Vertical Limit
Flying Bar

Results

Name Semifinal Placing Semifinal Result Notes
Charlie Robbins Power Tower Winner from Heat 3 1. Criss Cross Salmon to Sling Shot Fell at the Criss Cross Salmon part.
Zak Stolz 1st 1 2. Doorknob Drop Last Man Standing.


Stage Four (Mt. Midoriyama)

Obstacles

Chimney Climb (7 meters)
Salmon Ladder (7 meters)
Rope Climb (7 meters)

Time limit: Unknown.

Results

Name Semifinal Placing Semifinal Result Notes
Stage Not Attempted.
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