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UPDATED: TVOkids Original competition series ‘All-Round Champion’ returns for season six

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Toronto, Ontario, May 14, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TVOkids will launch a sixth season of award-winning youth docuseries All-Round Champion (26×30) on May 29 at 5 pm ET. The long-running series features 11 young athletes who must learn and compete in each other’s sport. Season 6 adds a new, game-changing element: partner-based sports.

Each episode highlights the three major elements of partnerships: collaboration, communication, and compromise, with pairs changing weekly. Viewers will enjoy rooting for young athletes who earn points by excelling at building trust and unity, all while showcasing strength, skill and stamina through sport. Even though they are competing as pairs, the one athlete with the most points at the end of the season is crowned All-Round Champion and wins the belt!

Meet the Season 6 athletes competing to be named All-Round Champion:

  • Ariana Ibit – Beach Volleyball (Ottawa, ON)
  • Deliya Beck – Roller Derby (Grimsby, ON)
  • Michael Peres – Teqball (Ottawa, ON)
  • Rohan Sikri – Cricket (Woodbridge, ON)
  • Mischa Grover – Canoe Sprint (Kamloops, BC)
  • Lexie Clarke – Synchronized Diving (London, UK)
  • Wolfe Jin – Ice Dance (South Carolina, USA)
  • Ellie Lambourne – Cheer (Utah, USA)
  • Emily Aguilar – Breaking (Texas,USA)
  • Braden Cermack – Mixed Martial Arts (North Carolina, USA)
  • Wil Shaffer – Pickleball (Arizona, USA)

The series is hosted by Olympian and World Champion Hurdler Perdita Felicien, who provides mentorship support alongside an impressive weekly roster of sports stars that coach and inspire participants through their respective sports this season:

  • Katie Vincent – Canadian World champion and Olympic bronze medalist in canoe sprint
  • Phil Dalhausser – Olympic Champion in beach volleyball and Hall of Famer
  • Kyle Yates – The GOAT of Pickleball, formerly ranked #1 by the World Pickleball Federation
  • Steven Taylor – World-renowned cricket player and former captain of the U.S. cricket team
  • Angel Rice – All-Star U.S. Cheerleader, two-time world champion and Guinness World Record holder, featured in the Netflix series, Cheer
  • Henry Cejudo – Former UFC Champion and Olympic gold medalist in wrestling
  • David Boudia – Most successful U.S. diver, with four medals from three Olympic Games
  • Sunny Choi – First U.S. gold medal winner in breakdancing at the Pan-American Games and will be competing in Paris 2024
  • Margi Osmundson – All-American soccer player and first gold medalist in USA Teqball history
  • Nicole Williams (“Bonnie Thunders”) – From the U.S., this legend is known as the LeBron James of roller derby
  • Madison Hubbell – American ice dancer, two-time Olympic medalist and Four Continents champion

All-Round Champion is adapted from the wildly successful Norwegian Best i mest (NRK), which won an International Emmy Kids Award for Non-Scripted Entertainment and a Prix Jeunesse.

Executive Producers of the series include Matthew Hornburg, Mark J.W. Bishop, Steve Sloan and Donna Luke for Blue Ant Studios, Jeff Simpson and Andra Johnson Duke for BYUtv and Kirsten Hurd for TVOkids. Perdita Felician also serves as Producer. Blue Ant Studios holds worldwide rights. Produced in association with TVOkids, BYU Broadcasting and YES TV, and produced with the participation of Canada Media Fund. 

All-Round Champion has won the coveted Canadian Screen Award for Best Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction series for the past two years and has also won the Youth Media Award of Excellence. This year, the series is nominated for three CSAs, including Best Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction Series. It was also recently nominated for two Children’s & Family Emmy awards and the Shaw Rocket Fund Kids’ Choice Award.

Season six premieres on May 29 at 5 pm ET with new half-hour episodes released weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays with repeats on Sundays at 6 p.m. Watch it on TVOkids YouTube, TVOkids.com, TVOkids smart TV app or on the TVO broadcast channel in Ontario.

Watch the trailer for Season 6 here.

Subscribe to the bi-weekly TVOkids Newsletter or follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest programming updates.

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ABOUT TVO MEDIA EDUCATION GROUP 
TVO Media Education Group inspires learning that changes lives and enriches communities. Founded in 1970, we are a globally recognized digital learning organization that engages Ontarians of all ages with inclusive experiences and diverse perspectives. Through video, audio, games, courses, newsletters and articles, we’re investing in the transformative potential of education for everyone. Funded primarily by the Province of Ontario, TVO is a registered charity supported by thousands of sponsors and donors. Visit TVO.me for more information. Stream TVO on your favourite device. 

Blue Ant Studios is an international production studio and rights business with offices in Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, Miami, London, Singapore and Sydney. The company’s diverse production slate spans scripted comedy and drama, unscripted entertainment, formats, high-impact documentaries, live-action kids + family, and animation. The studio is anchored in original storytelling, with award-winning series that include Blown Away (Netflix), Canada’s Drag Race (Crave), the scripted teen comedy series, Davey and Jonesie’s Locker (Hulu and Prime Video), Casey Anthony: Where the Truth Lies (Peacock), Drink Masters (Netflix), Race Against the Tide (CBC), The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks (Prime Video), 9/11 Kids (CBC), See No Evil (Investigation Discovery US), and the adult-animated series, Gary and His Demons (Prime Video, Amazon Freevee). The company’s recent feature-length documentary, Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe (Prime Video), was awarded the Toronto International Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award for Best Documentary in 2023. Blue Ant Studios’ distribution arm has a vast catalogue of over 7,000 hours of premium programming from the studio and third-party, top-tier producers around the world. Blue Ant Studios is a subsidiary of the global media company, Blue Ant Media. blueantmedia.com Twitter⼁Instagram⼁LinkedIn

Media:
Genevieve Grant, TVO | ggrant@tvo.org   
Julia Caslin, Blue Ant Media | julia.caslin@blueantmedia.com

            

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