CBC Television Network

Canadian Superstars

Network: CBC Television Network

Broadcast Run: 1978 to 1981

Broadcast Medium: Television

Aired weekends at various times during the winter from 1978 to 1981.
This sports show was originally produced in 15 minute segments to fill intermissions during CFL games. When the season ended in November the program was fleshed out as a weekly series for an hour on either Saturday or Sunday during the Sportsweekend time slot.
The premise originated in the United States, and was  to determine the best all-round athlete, rather than specialist in one sport. Athletes chose 7 sports from a list of twelve in which to compete, excluding their own, and consequently no one participant had any advantage over another.
The choices were swimming, tennis, rowing, bowling, batting [ hitting a baseball], gymnastics, weightlifting, soccer, a 100 metre race, a half-mile run, cycling, and an obstacle course. The total prize money was $46,000, and the winner went on to represent Canada in a world Superstars competition.
Executive Producers: John Spalding (l976-l979) and Jim Thompson (l980-8l); Producers: Cec Browne (l976- 1977), Ron Harrison (l978), and Larry Brown (l979-8l).
Co-hosts: Ernie Afaganis and Tom McKee.

Written by John Corcelli – August, 2005