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NEWS CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, October 8, 2015 or continued from page 1 region to participate in the qualifiers. "What drew me to the show is that it's fun and inspiring," Zimmerman said. "The athletes are also what drew me to it. The athletes who make it far aren't always the ones you expect. You'll have these big, muscular guys and they don't do well." Zimmerman has many reasons for trying out for the show. The first one is simple - she believes she can do it. The second rea- son is because no mother has made it through one- third of the entire course. "I want to be able to represent all morns and to show them that you can be a mother, still be fit and have fun," Zimmer- man said. Zimmerman currently trains on obstacles in her backyard and downstairs. Her husband built several obstacle courses for her as a wedding anniversary present. Obstacles in the backyard include a Salm- on Ladder, a structure with one movable rung that competitors carry with them as they ascend, and one of the classic obstacles on "American Ninja Warrior." She also uses rope climbing and a mini trampoline to jump to the bar on the Salmon Ladder. She runs across medi- cine balls placed on tires, which mimics the Un- stable Bridge. There are the Quintuple Steps, where she leaps off. a series of angled platforms. In the basement, Zim- merman swings across a rope and grabs on to base- balls hanging on chains. This obstacle mimics the show's Cannonball Alley course, which consists of three different sized balls increasing in size on a slight decline that swing back and forth from two secured lines. "It's become kind of a family thing, my kids will do a kid version of the workouts and I'll do the 'American Ninja Warrior' ver.sion," Zimmerman said. Besides the obstacle courses, Zimmerman will workout on the play area in her backyard, and play- ground equipment at local parks in creative ways to "make it more American Ninja Warrior-like." She also balances her "Ameri- can Ninja Warrior" work- outs with other activities such as judo and playing basketball. "It's become a lot of hard work and it's been fun," Zimmerman said. "During a workout, if there was something I couldn't do before or didn't do well the first time and I've gotten bet- ter, it shows that the hard work is paying off." Zirnmerman is almost finished with filming her audition video. She filmed at the Pacific Judo Acad- emy in Spokane where she trains and included clips of her submitting one of the black belt practitioners. She also filmed a shout out clip at Michael Anderson in September with her students. The video will be published on Youtube. The more "likes" she gets, the better chance she has of getting on the show. Besides the videos, Zimmerman spent the entire summer completing the application process. "I put a lot of time and thought into it," Zimmer- man said. "They also ask how you plan to train and work out. They want to make sure people are prepared for the competi- tion." Photos, by AI Stover Sandy Zimmerman prac- tices running across the medicine balls placed on tires (top) and on the Quintuple Steps (left) as part of her "American Ninja Warrior" training. Both obstacles resemble ones she will face in com- petition During the application process and filming, Zim- merman was touched by the support she's received from families. When she went into teaching 16 years ago, her motivation was to inspire people. "Me doing the training has been really inspir- ing for many people," Zimmerman said. "I've received emails from fami- lies that are now working out together and building obstacle courses. They tell me 'We are exercising as a family." Zimmerman is also excited to share her story with a larger audience. She grew up in the foster care system and had a rough childhood. She then discovered sports where she learned im- portant lessons from her coaches, who she said gave her hope. "One of the questions on the application is "what is your proudest non-ath- letic achievement over- all?'" Zimmerman said. "Despite my childhood, I've built a great life for myself and my family. There are a lot of different populations I can reach and inspire." The competition for "American Ninja Warrior" is from March to May and airs in the summer. If she gets selected for the regional qualifier, she would most likely go to California. For Zimmer- man, the training so far has been incredible and she looks forward to compet- ing on the show. "There are so many milestones I can reach, getting past Stage One and Stage Two," Zim- merman said. "I want to hopefully get that buzzer and be the first mother do to this." Al Stover can be reached at al@cheneyfreepress.com. continued from page 1 functions rather than be- ing focused on the city's long-term infrastructure needs and challenges. "We missed some op- portunities because of this," Dunfee said. Dunfee said they not only completely rewrote the director's job descrip- tion, putting a heavy em- phasis on civil engineer- ing, but they added a new position of city engineer, who will be tasked with handling the current, daily responsibilities of running the city's water reclamation plant and road maintenance, along with other many duties. The moves have led to the promotion of depart- ment employee Justin Van Dyck to the city engineer position, and the hiring of long-time civil engineer- ing consultant Kevin An- derson as the new public works director. And when Van Dyck, a Washington State University civil engi- neering graduate who has been with Airway Heights for three years, completes his final requirements, it will mean the two top officials in charge of infra- structure will be profes- sional en "gmeers. "Kevin will be wrapped into trying to en- hance and protect Airway Heights in the long range elements like planning, streets, water and waste- water," Dunfee said. Photo by John McCallum Kevin Anderson, Airway Heights' new public works director, has roots in the Spokane/Eastern Washington area having graduated from Shadle Park High School and Washington State University. For Anderson, the chance to head up a mu- nicipalities public works department was the oppor- ttmity of a lifetime. A 1981 graduate of Shadle Park High School and 1985 civil engineering graduate from WSU, with the exception of a short first engineer- ing stint in Wenatchee, Anderson has worked as a consultant at the firm RH2 Engineering in Bothell, Wash. since 1986. His projects at the Se- attle-area firm are wide ranging, running from water booster pump sta- tions to major sewer in- terceptors and reservoir analysis; winning a Pa- cific Northwest Section AWWA Excellence in Engineering Award in 2010 for managing a proj- ect team working on the Northeast Sammamish Sewer and Water District for the Crest Reservoir, Booster Pump Station and Treatment Facility. Besides potable (long o sound) water and waste- water, Anderson said he became heavily involved in road projects, becoming the firm's Bothell office's main roadway corridor designer, working on projects such as the city of Stanwood's 68th Avenue roadway extension, Ste- vens Way reconstruction projects at the University of Washington, and many other road system design and traffic impact analysis projects. Looking for a new and AIRWAY HEIGHTS 10 Screens! 509-232-0444 Movie Information PG ITlaD Daily (4:15) 9:10 In 2D Daily (4:40) 7:10 9:40 Sat.Sun (11:40) (2:10) different challenge, An- derson said he jumped at the opportunity to re- turn to where he grew up when the Airway Heights public works director po- sition opened. "To me, itwas a logical thing to jump to the other side of the fence and serve a community," he said. Anderson said he sees Airway Heights as a "great community" with a lot of future challenges stemming from growth. Questions such as how to deal with a potentially large incoming develop- ment, a fragile aquifer system and the need to balance all of this is in a forward-thinking manner is appealing. "It's an exciting time to be leading the depart- ment," Anderson said. And that department is much more efficient, Dunfee added. Not only the new positions, but also other positions have been re-organized, or perhaps re-bundled un- der their more proper sections. The changes have also been physi- cal, with remodeling projects taking place in several public works buildings. Dunfee believes the changes will make for a 613 S. Washington Ste. 105 Spokane, WA 99204 5 Blocks off 1-90 (Division St. Exit) FREE Parking 8:30-5:30 Mon-Fri Handicap Access Good Service Cars Trucks Trailer.c Boats Cycles RVs 455-8320 more focused department, one that is made up of peo- ple with "servants hearts" for their community. "I think we have a bet- ter organization and good people," he said. 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