Two local coaches capped off their Amazing Race Canada experience with an impressive third-place finish.
Dylan Elias and Kwame Osei are holding their heads high after falling just short of the 1st place title in the sixth season of the reality show.
Osei tells Mix News now that it’s behind them – a weight has been lifted off their shoulders.
“I’ve been itching to tell people certain things that were about to happen, but we can’t say anything. So, it feels good not to have to worry about that and it feels great to know that everybody has seen what we went through and we hope they’re proud of us for it.”
The Fort McMurray natives fell to first responders Courtney Berglind and Adam Kovacs – who finished first, followed by RCMP officers/siblings Taylor and Courtney Callens.
Osei says regardless of the bittersweet finish it was the adventure of a lifetime.
“Just being able to travel the world with my brother and see things that I’ve never seen. I was born in West Ghana, Africa, you know, I am a kid who grew up in Rexdale – in the hood. So, the whole journey for me was memorable. I could never just say one thing.”
Elias reflects on one of his most memorable moments – which was getting to take a helicopter atop the Rocky Mountains in Banff during the show’s final competition.
“That was a moment where I realized we were experiencing something not a lot of people could. A lot of things you can see or partially do but we got dropped off in a zone with no tourist lookout, no paths to get up there. People travel all over the world to see those mountains and for us, to be at the summit, totally isolated – it was something special.”
One of the cooler things about finishing in third in the finale, according to Elias, is the fact that they got the final word in the season finale.
He adds there’s no one in the world he would’ve rather competed with than his best friend.
“There’s a lot of people who I could never have done this with. And I am glad Kwame was there because he understands me the way I understand him. Really, we didn’t have any fights and that happens a lot on these things with couples, brothers and sisters and friends but for us, it was smooth sailing.”
For the both of them, it meant the world to be able to bring pride to Fort McMurray.
“To be able to showcase this beautiful community. A community that backs everybody up with every initiative they have and just to be able to showcase this to the world that Fort McMurray is a loving and beautiful community. That’s what this city is about. It meant everything to do this for Fort McMurray and for Northern Elite and the kids.”
Next up for the pair will be emcee duties at the Keyano College Gala in November.
Last year, the Gala raised $285,000 toward student supports programming, athletics, theatre, and infrastructure improvements at the college.