For a pair of siblings from the Okanagan Mission, getting to watch TV this Tuesday may be the most exciting moment of their young lives.
Tobin and Mia Woodworth, aged 11 and 13 respectively, auditioned and won a spot on Disney Grizzly Cup, a survivor-style reality show which culminates in a final televised showdown this Tuesday.
The competition saw them slog it out, head-to-head with three other teams, in the back woods of Ontario, just as the cool winds of autumn started to blow in September.
Armed with a familial edge, the pair said they had an advantage right out of the gate.
“We definitely knew each other so well,” explained Mia. “I wasn’t really afraid to get, not mad at him, but say: ‘You’re doing this wrong.’ Where if it was a friend, I would be more: ‘Oh, maybe you should not do that.’”
In order to win a spot on the show, the pair tried out against thousands of other potential teams who auditioned in 10 cities across the country.
Held in City Park this summer, hundreds of kids from Kelowna tried to be among the lucky few to venture off to Muskoka Wood Youth Resort, but the Woodworths’ agility traversing the obstacle course caught the producers’ eyes.
Airing on Disney XD all month, the half-hour show features competitors doing everything from rock climbing to traversing rivers via canoe and proved no easy ride—particularly when it came to the river crossing.
“I was just so nervous…It was so scary. We were like what if the canoe flips or something?” Mia added.
For his part, Tobin’s battle was less about nerves and more about braving the chilly woods in seemingly frigid temperatures.
“It was like minus 11,” he said, from their cozy family great room this week. Mom, Amy, and Dad, Michael, noted it was really just cool fall weather, but for a kid from a warm part of B.C. it was a shock.
Both siblings say the experience was an absolute life highlight, but Tobin, in particular, would like to continue in TV, possibly in more of a dramatic role.
“I like being on TV and having everyone watch me,” he said, with a grin.
There are already Disney medals in the Woodworth house as a result of the experience—participation awards—but the entire family is contractually obligated to refrain from divulging whether the four-foot tall Grizzly Cup is also nestled in the basement. And this too has proven a challenge.
“People are always saying, ‘Oh, you can just tell us, we won’t tell.’ But we really can’t,” said Mia.
The Woodworths have rented space at Fleetwood Public House, a new pub in the Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites on Highway 97 to watch the show. It has the largest TV screen in Kelowna. The show will air at 7 p.m. this Tuesday, Nov. 25.