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Former lovers hope to take on Amazing Race Canada

Two former lovers think they have the right stuff to win Amazing Race Canada.

Brooke Willson, 22, of Red Deer and Brody Russell of Sundre, 23, are hoping to make the cut for the Canadian version of the popular reality adventure series.

Willson said they used to date and want to use the competition as a true test of their physical and mental abilities.

Russell drove from Wolfville, N.S., to Red Deer to ask Willson out for a date in 2011 after they met through Facebook.

They remain best friends, after breaking up in May 2012 because they couldn’t make it work. Willson said they are competitive and active: they run, hike and ski.

“I think we have a good shot if we qualify,” said Russell. “We’re both athletic and strong athletes. We push each other and work well together. I think we have a really good shot.”

Willson said they feed off each other’s strengths and weaknesses. She said the team stands out because they are entertaining and because of their different backgrounds.

“He grew up swimming in the valleys,” said Willson, an educational assistant. “I grew up climbing mountains and on the Prairies. We’re diverse that way.”

The team is about to submit its application before the Feb. 28 deadline. Teams will be told if they made the cut in the spring. The show is scheduled to air on CTV sometime in the summer.

“I just think we make great TV,” said Willson. “I am extremely witty. We are humourous.”

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