An Air Extreme Barnstaple employee will be putting his gymnastic expertise to good use when he appears on the new series of Ninja Warrior UK this Saturday.

Ninja Warrior UK contestant Sam West works at Air Extreme in Barnstaple. Picture: ITV/Rachel JosephNinja Warrior UK contestant Sam West works at Air Extreme in Barnstaple. Picture: ITV/Rachel Joseph

Sam West, who lives near Bideford, will join other contestants as they push themselves to their limits to take on a series of challenging physical obstacles and a huge wall at the end.

The 19-year-old, who works as a court monitor at Air Extreme trampoline park, can’t yet reveal how he did but said he had enjoyed the experience.

He said: “It was definitely a positive experience, everyone there seemed really nice and looked after us.

“When you watch it on TV you think it should not be that hard, but when you get there it is pretty hard – the TV does not do it any justice.

“I enjoyed being on the course but I quite liked talking to the crowds and the other people working on the show.”

Watch Ninja Warrior UK on ITV1 at 6.30pm on Saturday.

North Devon's Sam West on ITV's 

Ninja Warrior UK. Picture: ITV/Rachel JosephNorth Devon's Sam West on ITV's Ninja Warrior UK. Picture: ITV/Rachel Joseph

North Devon's Sam West on ITV's 

Ninja Warrior UK. Picture: ITV/Rachel JosephNorth Devon's Sam West on ITV's Ninja Warrior UK. Picture: ITV/Rachel Joseph

North Devon's Sam West on ITV's 

Ninja Warrior UK. Picture: ITV/Rachel JosephNorth Devon's Sam West on ITV's Ninja Warrior UK. Picture: ITV/Rachel Joseph