In a year that Australian-made backyard play and fitness has been a saviour for many families, Funky Monkey Bars has today been recognised for outstanding design and innovation as a prestigious Good Design Winner for The Combat Ninja frame.

Australia’s peak international design awards – the highest honour for design and innovation in the country - were announced today during the 2020 Good Design Week. 

The Combat Ninja by Funky Monkey Bars received a Good Design Award Winner accolade in the Product Design Sport and Lifestyle category.

The Good Design Awards Jury praised The Combat Ninja by Funky Monkey Bars, saying it was, “Appealing for both adults and children for play and strength training, this modular and freestanding backyard gym is a welcomed physical break outside from our screen-led worlds.

“The simplicity of the structure allows more options for interaction. A rugged, portable structure made from durable materials, it's easy to install, adjust and add new elements to extend the life of the product as kids grow bigger and can do more.”

Funky Monkey Bars Director, Colin Burdle said, “The Combat Ninja extends the Funky Monkey Bars range of modular, free-standing equipment to provide harder and higher challenges for kids and adults keen to push themselves to learn new skills and get stronger.

The new Combat Ninja includes the addition of a new 3 metre high, 30 degree monkey bar and 3 metre Height Extender. It is backyard play and fitness equipment for the whole family to use. Innovative, modular, free-standing design that's revolutionised the possibilities for play.

“It is already one of our most popular backyard frames.  It’s exciting to see kids outside in backyards all over Australia training to be the next Australian Ninja Warrior on our Funky Monkey Bars,” Colin said

“It’s getting them off screens and outside playing and challenging themselves and each other.  It’s an absolute buzz that’s been particularly popular this year as families have been in lockdown or spending more time at home.”

Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia said, “Receiving a Good Design Award is a significant achievement given the very high calibre and record number of entries received in 2020.”