We think moms are pretty amazing. Whether they work, stay-at-home or do a combination of both, we know so many moms who are always putting everyone and everything else first. Often, that means they have little time left for themselves.
That’s why we were so excited to learn about incoming The Amazing Race Canada team Trisha Omeri and Amy De Demenico. The BFF stay-at-home Toronto moms are ready to set out on Canada’s trip of a lifetime, and in doing so they’re hoping to inspire all the other moms out there.
“I think it’s a common misconception that when you’re a mom, your kids come first, and your aspirations and dreams—or even your hobbies—kind of take a backseat. But that’s not the case at all,” De Demenico says. “It’s beneficial for kids to see that we can do all these things and officially run a household.”
When we caught up with Omeri and De Demenico ahead of the starting line, they believed they’d be among the oldest of this season’s racers at 40 and 50 years old, respectively. But as the saying goes, age ain’t nothing but a number.
The friends met later on in life when Omeri took charge of her health and began exercising and training. She went on to lose 100 pounds and competed in half-marathons before setting a new goal for herself: competing in triathlons. It was there that she met De Demenico, who has faced her own share of challenges having been born with severe hearing loss. Now the pair train together and are pretty much inseparable.
“The other teams might think we’re just moms and they can outdo us, but that’s not the case,” Omeri says. “Because we’re racers we’ve been in really tough elements. We’ve had to overcome personal obstacles, racing obstacles and we’ve managed to multitask. No one has that down to a science like we do.”
They’re ready to inspire others
If The Big Bang Theory is to be believed, moms are scientifically more equipped to multitask than other people. Those skills should naturally translate for this pair on the race—after all, Omeri has three kids under 13 years old, and De Demenico is the matriarch of a blended family of seven kids (two of which have significant disabilities).
“The ability to multitask is a big factor. You can be quick on your feet and have that peripheral vision while all these things are happening around you,” De Demenico says. “It’s also keeping cool when things get hectic. Staying focused, that’s an edge for sure. Keeping your wits about you when you’re under extreme pressure when there’s time constraints. Juggling schedules and still being able to be calm and collected and moving forward and everything…”
Yup, sounds like they’ve definitely got the skills to be in this thing for the long haul. No wonder their team motto is “Dig deep, we’ve got this.”
Catch Trish and Amy on The Amazing Race Canada when it premieres Tuesday, July 2 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV.