It’s all about win­ning the race

Com­pet­i­tive par­tic­i­pants are not wor­ried about Mr Nice Guy im­ages, writes

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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.

Wed­nes­days, 9pm, Seven, Prime7.

Paul Mont­gomery and Steven Scale.

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