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Victoria Searle and Joshua Wells hope to join the Canadian version of The American race.

Couple hopes to challenge the roadblocks and detours of the Great White North

By Debra Downey, Senior Editor

Victoria Searle and Joshua Wells would like nothing more than to hear the Canadian version of Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan proclaim, “You’re Team No. 1.”

Searle and Wells are keeping their fingers firmly crossed these days, hoping they’ll be accepted as participants on Amazing Race Canada.The Great White North edition of the popular American reality show is set to anchor this summer’s CTV schedule.

Wells, a 23-year-old construction worker, and Searle, a 21-year-old Mohawk College television and broadcasting student, have filled out all the necessary paperwork and created a video in hopes of racing around the country for 28 days this spring.

The pair has watched “bits of the show here and there” since it debuted in the United States in 2001.

“I love the challenging ideas they come up with and the fact that you are not only competing with other teams but yourself as well,” said Searle.

Searle and Wells have dated for nine months. They met while living in the same housing complex.

Both were out for a walk when cupid’s arrow struck. The pair exchanged telephone numbers and Searle “played hard to get for about a week” before bowing to Wells’ charm.

Along with the chance to travel, Wells is hoping to strengthen the young couple’s relationship and create some fantastic memories.

“To do something together like the Amazing Race, I think will just be something that ties a bond together, something new and an experience that we can look back on for years,” he said.

The Amazing Race is the number-one reality program in Canada with an average audience of 2.7 million viewers. Since it debuted in the U.S., the show has collected nine Emmy awards.

The Canadian race will be the 12th international version to launch outside of the United
States.

To follow the Ancaster residents’ quest to join the Amazing Race challenge, log on to Facebook and search Victoria Joshua For The Amazing Race Canada.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 28.

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