Ninja’s king of the kids
NINJA Warrior favourite Jack Wilson is one of several Gold Coast sports stars chasing glory in the only kids’ show celebrating Australia and New Zealand’s best athletes and sports moments.
Wilson, from Kirra, will join Fox Sports’ Tara Rushton to co-host the Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports Awards when they premiere on Nickelodeon and Fox Sports 503 on November 20 at 5.30pm.
“I’m a big kid at heart so it really means a lot to me to be a part of an awesome show like this in a one-of-a-kind celebration of kids’ love of sports,” Wilson said.
“The kids are my biggest fans so this is a great opportunity for me. I’m extremely honoured to co-host and present the show.”
The awards give Aussie and Kiwi kids the power to vote for their sporting heroes in a slime-filled celebration of sports, stars and more.
Kids have until Sunday to cast unlimited votes in the 11 uniquely unconventional categories including #Hero, Hands of Gold, Sickest Moves and Clutch Player.
Wilson is also nominated for an award – he’s up against Coast surfing champion Stephanie Gilmore in the Sickest Moves category – while Mick Fanning takes on Cameron Smith, Tim Cahill and Lydia Ko for an orange blimp trophy in the #Hero category.
“When I stood up on that (Ninja Warrior) podium I had no idea what sort of impact I was going to make at that point in time,” Wilson said.
“When you show a bit of passion and speak your mind it’s amazing what effect it can have on people – especially our youth. The next crop coming through, they need role models. To be that superhero for them – it’s a dream come true. I feel like a modern-day Captain Planet.”
In the finest tradition of superheroes wearing their undies on the outside, Wilson is preparing to release his own line of Deadly Budgie Smugglers and is looking forward to competing on the new series of Ninja Warrior.
Wilson said he hoped to show his young fans the importance of “being yourself”.
“When I talk to the kids I tell them be yourself, be good to your family members, be good to your friends and treat people how you want to be treated,” he said.
“If you love your sport – fishing, hiking, netball or soccer – whatever it is, do that every day of your life. Do what you love and do what makes you happy.”
Vote at nick.com.au/kcs
I’M A BIG KID AT HEART SO IT REALLY MEANS A LOT TO ME TO BE A PART OF AN AWESOME SHOW LIKE THIS I
NINJA WARRIOR JACK WILSON