Sec­ond place fin­ish for Jody Mitic

Or­léans in­spi­ra­tion al­most clinches Amaz­ing Race Canada vic­tory

Orleans Star - - LOCAL NEWS - Cather­ine Kitts Cather­ine.kitts@tc.tc Twit­ter @catkitts

Jody Mitic may not have come home, Mon­day night, with a first place fin­ish af­ter the in­au­gu­ral sea­son of The Amaz­ing Race Canada, but he seemed to ac­com­plish more than that by in­spir­ing thou­sands of view­ers across the na­tion.

"It's in­spir­ing ev­ery time we learn of a new fam­ily Jody's been an in­spi­ra­tion to," said Alan­nah Gil­more, Mitic’s part­ner who is the mother to their two beau­ti­ful baby girls. "What I love is how much it’s built from week af­ter week, be­cause no­body knew he was go­ing to make it to the end ex­cept him."

Fol­low­ing a weekly rit­ual that be­gan on the first episode of the sea­son, friends and fam­ily gath­ered at Bos­ton Pizza in Or­léans to cheer on Mitic, erupt­ing into ap­plause ev­ery time his face ap­peared on the screen.

Un­for­tu­nately, in the end, team Mitic – which was com­prised of Mitic and his brother Cory, lost to fa­ther-son duo Tim Hague Sr. and Tim Hague Jr.

The top three re­mained tight through­out the fi­nal episode, as Jody and Cory also faced off against fel­low Ot­tawa team Celina Mzi­ray and Vanessa Mor­gan.

The Amaz­ing Race typ­i­cally has a mem­ory game as its fi­nal chal­lenge and the Cana­dian ver­sion fol­lowed suit. Com­peti­tors were re­quired to cor­rectly match each prov­ince and ter­ri­tory with its flag and flower.

Clues along the 23,000-km race fea­tured each lo­ca­tion’s flag and the greeter at ev­ery Pit Stop wore the provin­cial/ter­ri­to­rial flower.

While Cory fared bet­ter than Vanessa, com­plet­ing the task in 21 at­tempts, Tim Sr., who suf­fers from early-onset Parkinson’s Dis­ease, only needed two back-to-back tries and was able to sail to vic­tory de­spite never com­ing in first in a sin­gle leg of the race be­fore­hand.

But, Mitic proved that his pros­thetic legs were not go­ing to hold him back from be­ing a top com­peti­tor, fin­ish­ing first in the last two legs be­fore the fi­nale.

Mitic was a sniper for the Cana­dian forces, and while on duty in Afghanistan in 2007, he stepped on a land mine and lost both his legs be­low the knee. To see him race, has been some­thing truly in­spi­ra­tional, said Gil­more.

"Ev­ery­one’s been highly sup­port­ive and very im­pressed," she said. "It’s just blown up into some­thing huge."

Mitic also used the op­por­tu­nity to raise aware­ness and funds for his char­ity The Never Quit Foun­da­tion – which has a mis­sion is to help wounded Cana­dian heroes, to make them feel that their as­pi­ra­tions are at­tain­able and to re­ju­ve­nate their hope.

As tears were shed at Bos­ton Pizza Or­léans dur­ing the Mitic broth­ers’ fi­nal in­ter­view, Jody left his fans with th­ese part­ing words: "Amaz­ing Race Canada was only the be­gin­ning for Team Mitic."

Pho­tos: Cather­ine Kitts

Friends and fam­ily gath­ered at Bos­ton Pizza Or­léans, week af­ter week, to cheer on Jody Mitic as he com­peted in CTV’s in­au­gu­ral sea­son of The Amaz­ing Race.

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