NASHVILLE, Tennessee — An all-new season of the Directors Guild of America award-winning television series “Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge,” premiered this past Sunday. The reality based competition show enters its fourth season and this Sunday at 10 p.m., eastern on CMT. This week, Wilmington resident Terra Jackson will test her might at Austin’s 2,100-plus acre Broken Skull Ranch in the back country of South Texas.
The series, which last season attracted more than 4 million weekly viewers, showcases world-renowned athletic contenders including Spartan, CrossFit, power lifters, professional athletes, MMA fighters and everyday heroes. The competitors face off in a series of intense challenges, with only one advancing to the grueling skull-buster challenge, personally designed by six-time World Wrestling Federation Champion and WWE Hall of Famer, Stone-Cold Steve Austin.
Eight contestants are featured in each episode as they vie in a series of head-to-head competitions — with menacing names like Trench Warfare and Pulverizer — until just one man or woman remains. That person gets to take on the Austin-designed Skullbuster, a half-mile stretch of 10 obstructions designed to stop even hard-core athletes.
Jackson, a 25 year old Morganton native, is a personal trainer having worked at locally based O2 Fitness Clubs and RipXFit Fitness Studio on Oleander Drive. She studied physical education at University of North Carolina-Wilmington and hopes to contend for the $10,000 prize money.
Jackson has a high motor for training and competition. Some athletes need other people to keep them motivated. Whether it’s family, a friend, or a coach, their words and actions help keep the engine running. Jackson isn’t one of those people. After losing the grandparents who raised her, she was left to raise herself while she was still in high school. She worked her way through college and channeled that motivation and drive into her athletic career.
Jackson has quickly become one of the top Spartan Racers. Spartan Races have grown in popularity around the world. The series of obstacle races of varying distance and difficulty range from three miles to marathon distances. Spartan Races are held across the United States and have been franchised to 14 countries, including Canada, Europe, South Korea, and Australia.