“That really enhances the interest, for me,” said Wayne Parkington, 47, who has applied with his 22-year-old daughter, Karisa, to be contestants on the show when it makes its debut with Canadian participants and locations this year.
But while the challenges don’t scare Parkington, the executive chef and food and beverage manager at Holiday Inn in Truro, the real reason the pair has applied is to strengthen their bond.
“We’ve watched it as a family since it started and it’s one of the shows that we always talked about wanting to be on. It would be cool,” he said of the American version that has taken contestants to various countries to compete in a number of challenges and roadblocks since 2001.
“Karisa and I don’t get to spend a lot of time together. Straight out of high school, she went to university for two years in Alberta and then we moved here almost three years ago. She is attending Dalhousie University and graduates this year, but we still don’t spend a lot of time together.”
Karisa is studying child psychology and will graduate in May. She wants to take a year off school and travel to Europe before studying for her doctorate.
“Being a contestant on ‘The Amazing Race Canada’ would be an excellent opportunity to travel across Canada with someone you have a bond with,” Karisa said from her home in Halifax. “It would give us a chance to build on our relationship. We have a good relationship now, but because we don’t get to spend a lot of time together, this would help build on that.”
When father and daughter do see each other, every moment counts.
“We just like hanging out. We play board games and have gone white-water rafting together. Karisa isn’t really sports-oriented, but there are things she tries. I coached her in baseball when she was younger, so we do have fun together,” Parkington said.
Having found out about a week ago that the popular reality series is coming to Canada, the Parkingtons quickly got a video together for the application.
“I think dad and I compliment each other,” said Karisa. “If we were chosen and the challenges were more physical, I think they would be his forte, but if it is something like a puzzle, that’s something I can work on. The only thing I wouldn’t like is the food challenges, but he’s a chef so it’s something we could have fun with.”
The applications for ‘The Amazing Race Canada’ are open until the end of February. It’s completely up to the producers as to who gets chosen to represent the nation.
“If we get chosen to be on ‘The Amazing Race Canada’ I think it would be a great experience for her, and us, and for her to have an adventure,” Parkington said. “It would be something for her to be able to say in 20 or 30 years that she was able to do this adventure with dad.”
If chosen, Parkington said he and Karisa would compete during filming in April and May, and both have the support from employers and professors, as well as family, if chosen.
To view the Parkingtons’ application video, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSugjR_-Ks4. They’ve also created a Facebook page – ‘Amazing Race Canada Team Parkington’ – for anyone wishing to show their support.
- ‘The Amazing Race Canada’ will anchor CTV’s summer 2013 schedule.
- It gives Canadians the opportunity to race around Canada, discovering their country in a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
- Potential stops are in all 10 provinces and three territories, with contestants criss-crossing up to 9,000 kilometres.
- Teams will travel through urban centres and remote outposts, while exploring cultural and ethnic diversity, wildlife and iconic landmarks
- ‘The Amazing Race’ premiered in 2001 and has won nine Emmy awards.
- ‘The Amazing Race Canada’ will be the 12th international version to launch outside of the United States, joining Asia, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Israel, Latin America, Norway, Philippines, Ukraine and Vietnam as territories with an original ‘The Amazing Race’ production.