West Bloomfield resident Sophia Beaulieu, 14, participated in  “American Ninja Warrior Junior,” which was scheduled to air March 2.

West Bloomfield resident Sophia Beaulieu, 14, participated in “American Ninja Warrior Junior,” which was scheduled to air March 2.

Photo provided by ‘American Ninja Warrior Junior’


WBHS student shows off skills on ‘American Ninja Warrior Junior’

By: Sherri Kolade | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published February 28, 2019

 Beaulieu said her agility, endurance and determination were tested on the physically challenging show.

Beaulieu said her agility, endurance and determination were tested on the physically challenging show.

Photo provided by Deb Beaulieu

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — West Bloomfield resident Sophia Beaulieu, 14, knows how to perform body-twisting feats and maneuvers that show off her physical prowess — while suspended over water, no less.

Beaulieu was a contestant on “American Ninja Warrior Junior” through Universal Kids last fall, which was scheduled to air March 2.

The petite powerhouse, a ninth-grader at West Bloomfield High School, trains at The Edge Training Center in Commerce Township. She was invited out to Los Angeles last May to be on the show as a Junior Ninja.

“It was super cool, a great experience,” Beaulieu said, adding that she met a ton of people from NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” show.

“American Ninja Warrior Junior,” according to a press release, celebrates “real kids” tackling an obstacle course with “dedication and skill.”

Nearly 200 Junior Ninjas from throughout the country faced off on head-to-head courses in three age brackets: ages 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14. 

The courses featured well-known “Ninja Warrior” obstacles, such as the Sonic Swing, Tic Toc, the Spin Cycle and the Warped Wall. 

The Junior Ninjas were mentored by All Star Ninja Mentors, the press release states. 

Three final winners — one per age bracket — were scheduled to be crowned the first-ever “American Ninja Warrior Junior” champions. 

Beaulieu could not disclose at press time whether she had won or lost.

“Over the last number of years, we have received an outpouring of letters and videos asking when is there going to be a ‘Ninja’ show for kids?” Arthur Smith, CEO of A. Smith & Co. Productions and executive producer of the “American Ninja Warrior” franchise, said in the press release. “People are going to be amazed at how talented and dedicated these young Ninjas are. They’re remarkable, and to know that they’ve been inspired by our show is immensely gratifying.” 

Beaulieu’s mom, Deb Beaulieu, said that her daughter was the kid who always “climbed the walls,” and getting her involved in physical activities was a great outlet for her — from playing basketball in her earlier years to gymnastics and beyond.

Sophia Beaulieu said she wants people to know that she can do it.

“I can’t wait for them (the public) to see … (the) results,” she said. She was on the set for about three days, filming for about six hours per day. 

“They used a blurb she used in her video, ‘I want to show them that power comes in little sizes,’” Deb Beaulieu said of her daughter, who is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 90 pounds. “If you look at her, you wouldn’t think she is a powerhouse. … More often than not, a lot of people underestimate her.”

For more information, visit www.universalkids.com.

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