It’s all about winning the race
Competitive participants are not worried about Mr Nice Guy images, writes
CO-OPERATION, charity, goodwill towards one another – they make the world go around, right? But is there really room for these higher qualities on a winner-takes-all contest? These are some of the issues facing the contestants in The Amazing Race Australia, hosted by Grant Bowler.
According to Paul Montgomery, selfproclaimed ‘‘villain’’ of this year’s race, absolutely not.
‘‘It’s a competitive show,’’ says Montgomery, taking part in the series with work colleague Steven Scale.
‘‘Who wants to see people helping one another and being all goody-goody when they should be going for the win?’’
Don’t be mistaken, Montgomery’s not a complete sociopath. He’s just a driven, confident fellow who’s out to give the viewers of The Amazing Race Australia what they like the most – someone to boo.
‘‘Watching shows such as this, I always tend to go for the more villainous characters – they make it much more interesting and much more fun!’’ he says.
‘‘I think I’m being marketed as a bit of a villain and I love that. Some people on the show are going to say, ‘Oh, you filmed me at a bad moment, that’s not the real me’. I’m saying they captured me pretty well, but they did capture me in a competitive situation, not me 24-7.’’
The two teammates are co-workers at a Melbourne road-surfacing company. They hadn’t spent a lot of time together before embarking on the race.
‘‘The most we’ve travelled together is down to the pub for lunch!’’ Montgomery says.
‘‘We’re still getting to know one another, and some of the toughest aspects were actually staying in a hotel room with Steve rather than travelling all around together.’’
In fact, Montgomery applied to participate in The Amazing Race Australia with several different partners.
‘‘The show obviously liked the PaulSteve combination best,’’ Montgomery says. ‘‘Steve was absolutely ecstatic when he found out we’d been picked.’’
He believes the muscular twosome – an accountant by profession, Montgomery is also a bodybuilder – make a good team, one their opponents might underestimate.
‘‘I’m more confident about my intellect than my physicality but I’m sure the first impression people would get of us is brawn,’’ he says.
‘‘We actually wanted that – going into the competition, I wanted people to assume that was all we had going for us. I didn’t want them switched on that we could be an intellectual threat. I think Steve and I are well-matched because we’re fairly opposite.
‘‘A lot of the other teams have their strengths and weaknesses overlapping but Steve and I complement each other even if according to Montgomery, his teammate has a tendency to ‘‘look before he leaps’’, whereas he’s a bit more guarded.
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Paul Montgomery and Steven Scale.