Usually when a team brings their best game to something like The Amazing Race Canada (Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV), they’re either bringing the brain or the brawn. Well, it was brain all the way for Phil and Martina on this Heroes edition of the race.
The siblings were clear from the starting line that the physical challenges might be their downfall, to the point that, after the first leg, they consolidated their packs into one (donating the other) so that they could be lighter on their feet. That strategy led them all the way to Tuesday night’s Top 4 showdown in Fredericton, N.B., where they were then faced with a handful of physical challenges, from the Fit or Fly detour to the wheelchair basketball Face Off. Sadly, after having to wait out a time penalty for losing all their games in the Face Off, Phil and Martina weren’t able to catch up with the rest of the pack and host Jon Montgomery eliminated them right before the finale.
We caught up with Phil and Martina the morning after their elimination to chat about positive attitudes, doing good on the race, and why they should be considered for The Amazing Race Canada All-Stars.
In your own words, what happened?
Phil: Losing out to Adam and Courtney in the face-off, like Adam plays really well; he got better as the thing went on. It was basically a tie game the whole way and then they won. After that it was the Road Block.
Martina: At the Road Block, all six titles became one word in my brain, they all amalgamated. I couldn’t remember the six titles after a while. But it was a great challenge. Adam got in there 15 minutes earlier than me and then he left, and I left half an hour after him. We got farther than I ever thought we’d ever get. We had the honour and privilege to race with athletes and RCMP officers, and navy and air force people…it was so cool.
We’ve never seen a team ditch a backpack for the race before, how did you decide to consolidate after that first leg?
Phil: My sister realized that she’s the slowest racer, so to help make her faster I decided to carry everything, but that meant we had this extra backpack. Going into this race we really wanted to show if you do good, you can go far. We wanted to do good, we wanted to do good for people. We didn’t know what that would look like, but we decided to give our backpack to a homeless man in Vancouver. Jay was there, and he was a really great guy who fell on poor circumstances. We were happy we could help him out and brighten his day.
Were there other instances you were able to do that?
Phil: The paintball challenge. Being on the mat with Leanne and Mar, you saw on TV they were having a panic attack and it was really hard for them. But we were able to be there for them and console them and give them hugs. Whenever you see someone you care about, in their moment of need, you want to show them that there’s somebody there for them. In typical fashion when you get eliminated you don’t get to see anyone and say goodbye. For us to be there at the same time as them, it actually meant a lot that we could be there for them.
Let’s talk breaking points — was there a moment where you questioned why you signed up for this?
Martina: Climbing that 80-foot log in the first episode, I saw RCMP Courtney and Adam do it in 10 minutes in front of me; I was like, if they can do it, I can do it. Then I got up halfway and thought, “I don’t know if I can finish this.” I was up there for a really long time. And then I heard Kwame coming up, and he was like, “huh, huh, huh.” I said to myself, okay maybe making sounds will help. So I’m making sounds and pulling myself up the log. That moment when I got up to the top, I realized I could do more than I thought I could do. It made me have more confidence. I hope my students watching that will say, “Hey, if my Home Ec teacher can climb an 80-foot log, I can do it too. I just really want to inspire my students, that if you believe in yourself, there’s so much you can do that you never thought you could do.
Phil: I actually loved it so much, my heart was racing the whole time. It was the most intense thing I’ve ever done in my life and because of that it was the most rewarding. You need to hone that and focus it in the right way, that way you can go far in this race.
If there’s an Amazing Race Canada All-Stars, what would be your argument for doing it?
Martina: We love racing and we just have fun.
Phil: We wanted to show people, if you do good you can go far. We want to show that and to win it, all the way to the end.
Martina: It doesn’t matter what race, or financial status, or gender, or sexual status, or education level. You need to have love, and compassion in your love. If we’re just loving and more compassionate towards each other we can make a better country and a better world.
You need to have a lot of heart and the right attitude. Attitude is altitude. My brother believed in me more than I believed in myself. And the more he believed in me, I believed in myself. And then on top of that we just had fun. I was a goofball, we just had fun! I watch myself making funny faces making balloon animals, and I was like, I should have my own show!
That was one of the best moments, for sure.
Martina: I don’t know if I should put this out there, but I’m single and I would like to meet a nice man and have a baby. Phil is married and has a little girl and I want that too. I’m just super hyper and bubbly and easily excited. Maybe I’ll be like a Bachelorette Canada.
Phil: He has to be patient and a good listener!
Heading into next week’s finale, who do you want to win?
Martina: Courtney and Taylor. They’re our sibling pack and they’re just an all-star team.
The Amazing Race Canada wraps its Heroes edition Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.