Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


June 19, 2014

Just shy of prime time

Andover's 'Ninja Warrior' vows return to competition

Scenes of Andover’s fierce “Ninja Warrior” contestant battling for a spot in the winner’s circle never made it to TV last week.

But Becca Tacy is by no means disappointed.

“It was a great experience ... just a really difficult course,” the 39-year-old Tacy of Juliette Street said. “At least my family got on TV as the cameras scanned the audience and they were shown.”

This spring, the petite Ninja powerhouse’s impressive workout video got the attention of producers for the NBC reality TV show “American Ninja Warrior” (Townsman, April 12). She was chosen to be a contestant on the show.

Team Tacy members, including her husband, Ryan; sons, Asher, 9 and Ari, 6, who attend West Elementary School; and mother-in-law were in the crowd shots at the qualifying competition held in St. Louis, Mo., this past April.

But when the St. Louis qualifiers aired on television last Monday, June 9 at 10 p.m., Tacy’s attempt at the course wasn’t included in the footage.

“The kids stayed up late to watch ... but it’s OK that I wasn’t shown. Really, it’s OK ... it was just a great experience,” she said.

Tacy trained six days a week, following a daily workout regimen that included 400 push-ups, hundreds of sit-ups, rock wall climbing and a holistic training program developed from military obstacle course work.

Her husband turned their backyard into a ready-to-compete obstacle course to allow his wife to get into prime Ninja condition.

It may not have been enough this time, but Tacy said she plans to try again next year.

“I will do it all over again. I will be back,” she said.

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