Ninja’s king of the kids

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - SUZANNE SIMONOT suzanne.simonot@news.com.au

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

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