Historically, some of our favourite Amazing Race Canada teams have been siblings. Remember Taylor and Courtney Callens? How about Phil and Martina Seo? And who could possibly forget Sukhi and Jinder Atwal?
Well now that we’ve had a chance to meet incoming TARC racers and sister duo Lauren and Joanne Lavoie in advance of the new season, we have to say that we may have a new favourite sibling team to cheer for in the coming weeks. Especially since, when it comes to doing anything for a laugh, these Saskatchewan girls have a proven track record.
It started with a Vine
It all goes back to a few years ago, when Vine was still a thing and these girls were just starting to figure out their social media imprint. In a six-second practical joke for the video service, Lauren pumped the breaks on her car while Joanne was indulging in a McFlurry, and things kind of… escalated.
“During my high school finals Lauren took me out for ice cream and decided it was kind of funny to tap on the breaks to see what happened and… I swallowed a spoon,” Joanne explains. “So that was fun. It really just kind of tickled my gag reflex. It’s all good, I finished my ice cream.”
The prank received millions of views and made the sisters “Vine famous.” It also encouraged them to continue playing practical jokes and pranks on each other—something we may even see some of on the upcoming season of The Amazing Race Canada during some of the show’s downtime at the airports or pitstops.
“As sisters we have a really strong connection and dynamic,” Lauren says. “I hate to toot our own horns in that way but I think we’re funny and entertaining to watch.”
They’re doing it for love
At the end of the day Team Lavoie is in it for the experience and opportunity to travel, but they’re also doing it for their father. A while back he was diagnosed with Normal Pressure Hydrocephalys, an illness in which fluid won’t drain from the brain. As a result he’s undergone a few brain surgeries and has had to stop working—something that he always took a lot of pride in.
“Things are a little bit more stable now, or as much as they be with a chronic illness,” Lauren says. “Joanne and I are both at a point where we’re starting into our careers and if we don’t take this opportunity now, especially since it’s fallen into our hands in the most amazing way possible… Even our dad said we had to go out and do it.”
“As kids we used to watch the show like crazy and my dad would always say, ‘If I could do this with my girls I would,’” Joanne reveals. “So we’re also running this for Dad… we’ve got an imaginary backpack for him.”
Catch Team Lavoie on The Amazing Race Canada when it debuts Tuesday, July 2 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV.