Ashleigh Jende and Jarrod Jende are a team of Newlyweds on The Amazing Race: Australia v New Zealand.


Ashleigh (27) and Jarrod (28) are a naive (yet cutthroat and insensitive) couple who recently who had their first year wedding anniversary. She is a hairdresser and he works as a PE teacher. With 'traditional' Anglo working class values, Ashleigh enjoys fulfilling her wifely duties such as cleaning and housework.

Their overseas travel is limited."We've only been to developed and English-speaking countries so we're expecting to encounter some culture shocks. I'm not good with the language barrier at the best of times," says Jarrod. Ashleigh adds: "I can stomach most things, but Jarrod will struggle. He likes his meat and three veg."

The high school couple describe themselves as competitive. They both go to the gym to keep fit and have entered triathlons but agree the Amazing Race will be their ultimate competition. "We do a lot of competitive things and always strive for the next biggest challenge, but there's not much bigger than this," sums up Jarrod. Jarrod admits: "We'd hate to lose to the New Zealanders!" Jarrod notes he would "push an Australian under a bus and do anything to win".

The Amazing Race: Australia v New Zealand

Race History

Ashleigh & Jarrod's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 Australia → New Zealand No Detour Jarrod 6 of 10
2 2 New Zealand → Cambodia Shrimp / Shoot Ashleigh 7 of 9
3 3 Cambodia → Thailand Climb Up / Drill Down Ashleigh 5 of 8
4 4 Thailand → Namibia Pipe / Poo Jarrod 3 of 7
5 5 Namibia → Russia Cossack / Coat Rack Jarrod 2 of 6
6 6 Russia Boil / Build Ashleigh 2 of 6
7 7 Russia → Portugal Wet / Dry Jarrod 5 of 5
8 8 Portugal → Croatia No Detour Ashleigh 2 of 5 [1]
9 9 Croatia → Argentina Tango / Tribute Ashleigh 1 of 4
10 10 Argentina → United States → Australia No Detour Jarrod 3 of 3
Average 3.60
     The team finished in first place
     The team finished in last place and was eliminated from the race
     The team finished in last place in a non-elimination leg
     The team that won The Amazing Race
     The team that crossed the Finish Line second
     The team that crossed the Finish Line third
The team used the Fast Forward pass
ϵ The team used the Express Pass somewhere during the leg
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn
The team used the Salvage Pass

1: Leg 8 featured two Roadblocks and no Detour. The team member who sat out the first Roadblock was required to perform the second one.


Australia Records

  • Ashleigh & Jarrod are the only team to perform a Speed Bump.
  • First co-ed team and the first couple to qualify for the final leg.

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