Meet the Amazing Race Australia contestants after $250k prize

Gillian Wolski
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·7-min read

This summer of TV promises to be that bit more amazing thanks to the return of The Amazing Race Australia, the show that sees ordinary Aussies tear their way across the country in the race of a lifetime.

Fourteen teams — including a power couple, a dad and daughter duo and a set of model twins — are set to go head to head in hopes of scoring a whopping $250,000 grand prize. But first, they’ll have to navigate challenges, roadblocks, sabotages and a lot more.

The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants pose together for a group photo on a beach
The Amazing Race Australia 2021 will see 14 teams go head to head for a whopping $250,000 grand prize. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).

With host Beau Ryan back at the helm, The Amazing Race Australia is set to hit screens on Monday, February 1.

Meet the Amazing Race Australia teams

Here’s all the inside intel we’ve received on the 28 contestants from Channel 10 — so far:

The ‘Twin Models’ - Alex and Jack, NSW

“Adonis on the outside, quirky on the inside: no other team know each other better than Alex and Jack. Although they love to bicker endlessly, Jack describes Alex as his ‘favourite human’. They think alike and both love finding opportunities and experiences to satisfy their inner child.”

The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Alex and Jack, NSW. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).
The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Alex and Jack, NSW. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).

The ‘Super Sikhs’ - Jaskirat and Anurag, NSW

“Having met at a Summer Sikh youth camp 10 years ago, best mates Jaskirat and Anurag are extremely proud of their culture and want to show Australia what the Sikh fighting spirit is all about. Both men love being the centre of attention and would use the prize money to travel the globe.”

The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Jaskirat and Anurag, NSW. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).
The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Jaskirat and Anurag, NSW. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).

The ‘Gold Coast Girls’ - Ashleigh and Amanda, QLD

“Here’s a team we’re certain you’ll ‘like’. Influencers Ashleigh and Amanda met by commenting on each other’s Instagram posts, and have been best friends ever since. With close to 150k followers between them, the Gold Coast glamours love all things outdoors, travel and adventure. Physically fit and smarter than they let on, Ashleigh and Amanda are looking to challenge themselves like never before and strengthen their friendship along the way.”

The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Ashleigh and Amanda, QLD. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).
The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Ashleigh and Amanda, QLD. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).

The ‘Cowboys’ - Brendon and Jackson, NSW

“These true-blue cowboys and young dads are saddling up for the adventure of a lifetime. Brendon and Jackson met through rodeoing over 10 years ago and have been friends ever since. Family’s always front and centre for these adrenaline lovers, so it’s no surprise they’d use the $250,000 prize money on their kids… and a new set of teeth for Brendon.”

The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Brendon and Jackson, NSW. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).
The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Brendon and Jackson, NSW. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).

The ‘Princess and the Geek’ - Chris and Aleisha, QLD

“Having spent the last 12 years working as a princess in theme parks around the world Aleisha is ready to trade her glass slippers for racing boots, with her self-proclaimed nerdy husband Chris by her side. Although it may seem like it’s all rainbows and woodland creatures for this team, they’re prepared to do whatever it takes to win - even if it means cheating or manipulating other teams with their sweetness.”

The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Chris and Aleisha, QLD. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).
The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Chris and Aleisha, QLD. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).

The ‘Parents’ - Shane and Deb, NSW

“After Shane was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and Deb lost her gym during the COVID-19 pandemic, the couple who have done so much to help those around them, needed to take a step back and help themselves. With Shane’s health taking a positive turn, this outdoor-loving, ultra-competitive team are ready for the race of a lifetime. Throughout Shane’s illness, the couple’s finances took a hit, so the $250,000 grand prize would help them bounce back.”

The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Shane and Deb, NSW. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).
The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Shane and Deb, NSW. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).

The ‘Kimberley Cousins’ - Dwes and Katherine, WA

“Although this deadly duo from The Kimberleys is known for butting heads, cousins Dwes and Katherine are living proof that opposites work well together. Both Dwes and Katherine are Aboriginal and want to be positive role models for their community. They hope that by running the race, they’ll inspire their community and young Aboriginal Australians to dream big.”

The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Dwes and Katherine, WA. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).
The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Dwes and Katherine, WA. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).

The ‘Power Couple’ - Holy and Dolor, NSW

“It all started when Dolor slid into Holly’s DM’s five years ago, and they’ve been dating ever since. Although she may seem like a living Barbie doll, lawyer Holly is the youngest internal investment banking lawyer at her workplace. Related to the Nigerian Royal Family, it’s only natural that Dolor chases the crown! A former professional soccer player who grew up in a household with seven siblings, he knows exactly how to sneak his way past the competition.”

The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Holy and Dolor, NSW. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).
The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Holy and Dolor, NSW. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).

The ‘Dad and Daughter Duo’ - Jobelle and Rani, VIC

“Originally from the Philippines, Rani and Jobelle moved to Australia 13 years ago in search of a brighter future. As a child in the Philippines, Jobelle promised herself that she would one day go on The Amazing Race with her dad. Now, her childhood dream has become a reality, as she prepares to travel the unknown with her hard-working, joke-cracking dad by her side.”

The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Jobelle and Rani, VIC. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).
The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Jobelle and Rani, VIC. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).

The ‘Dancing Exes’ - Jordan and Violeta, VIC

“Dance partners turned racers, Jordan and Violeta are ready to waltz ahead of the competition and take out the top prize. Having dated in high school, the pair are now close friends and dance partners who have travelled the globe, representing Australia at the highest level of dance.”

The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Jordan and Violeta, VIC. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).
The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Jordan and Violeta, VIC. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).

The ‘Mums’ - Jude and Shannon, QLD

“Jude and Shannon are best friends who met through their kids, nearly 20 years ago. As devoted mums, running the race means they’ll finally be able to do something for themselves - with no husband or kids to wrangle. For these outgoing mums, their social game will be their strength. They’re warmth and banter are enough to win anyone over.”

The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Jude and Shannon, QLD. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).
The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Jude and Shannon, QLD. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).

The ‘Childhood friends’ - Malaan and Tina, VIC

“Malaan is an international model, studying towards a degree in Business, and Tina is a Senior Policy Advisor, with an interest in politics. Born in South Sudan, they moved to other parts of Africa as refugees before making their way to Australia. They’ve travelled internationally together but are excited for the opportunity to explore their backyard on the race.”

The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Malaan and Tina, VIC. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).
The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Malaan and Tina, VIC. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).

The ‘Besties’ - Sefa and Jessica, NSW

“Sefa and Jess have been riling each other up for the past 10 years and are ready to take their unfiltered friendship on tour. Determined to win, and mow down anyone in their way, Sefa and Jess love trash-talk, sarcasm and getting on each other’s nerves. Both are from a Polynesian background and would use the prize money to help support their tight-knit families.”

The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Sefa and Jessica, NSW. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).
The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Sefa and Jessica, NSW. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).

The ‘Siblings’ - Skye-Blue and Jake, VIC

“Skye-Blue and Jake aren’t just siblings, they’re also friends and experienced travel buddies. At a towering 6'5", Jake believes his height will be an asset to them on the race. Skye-Blue was born without a left hand but doesn’t let that hold her back! After a lifetime of people underestimating her, Skye-Blue has kept her determination to prove she can do absolutely anything she wants.”

The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Skye-Blue and Jake, VIC. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).
The Amazing Race Australia 2021 contestants Skye-Blue and Jake, VIC. Photo: Channel 10 (supplied).

The Amazing Race Australia premieres Monday, February 1 on Channel 10.

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