Carla Beazley and Hereni Fulton are a team of Fitness Mums on The Amazing Race: Australia v New Zealand.
They constantly found themselves falling to the back of the pack due to a combination of countless small mistakes, and always seeming to find bad cab drivers. While traveling through Buenos Aires, they were frequently frustrated by a combination of traffic and a taxi driver who refused to get directions, as well as losing a lot of time looking for a book at the Detour that had been provided for them. While they managed to complete the Detour on their first attempt and looked about to claim the third spot in the Final 3, they made the fatal decision to row the wrong way down the river to the Pit Stop. This allowed the trailing Daniel & Ryan to pull ahead, and eliminated them in 4th.
These fit and feisty mums are taking time out to embark on the adventure of a lifetime; will they find the opposition child's play?
Carla (37) has been with her husband for 19 years and they have two children under the age of 12. Hereni (43) has been with her husband for 18 years and they have three children under the age of ten.
Their team motto is "Kia Kaha", which is a Maori phrase meaning "be strong". They're incredibly proud of their heritage and will be flying the flag for everyone back home. "We hope to empower Maori women; we want them to be proud of us," says Hereni.
The pair quickly became friends after meeting five years ago when Hereni started Zumba classes at Carla's dance school, after the birth of her third child. They socialise together a lot and recently took their families on a Zumba cruise around the Pacific Islands.
Both have travelled the world, though Hereni says "we haven't travelled extensively in the last ten years, but they're skills you don't forget." Their secret weapon? "We have female intuition and that can go a long way," says Carla.
Hereni says, "I want to challenge myself. I've been a mum for 11 years. I want to unearth some of my skills that I haven't had to use. For me, it's going to be empowering. It's like a game and every day until it starts I'm strapping on another piece of armour."
Carla is humbled to have been chosen for the show. "We get to experience the adventure of a lifetime which so few people in the world get. Other teams will think we're nice mums with big smiles, but I'm very competitive. It would give me great satisfaction to beat someone half my age!" she says.
These strong mums claim "40 is the new 20" and they have advice for the other competitors: "Watch out for the mothers!"
The Amazing Race: Australia v New Zealand
|Carla & Hereni's Race History|
|Episode||Leg||Destination(s)|| Detour Choice|
|1||1||Australia → New Zealand||No Detour||Carla||2 of 10|
|2||2||New Zealand → Cambodia||Shrimp / Shoot||Hereni||8 of 9|
|3||3||Cambodia → Thailand||Climb Up / Drill Down||Carla||6 of 8|
|4||4||Thailand → Namibia||Pipe / Poo||Carla||1 of 7ϵ|||
|5||5||Namibia → Russia||Cossack / Coat Rack||Hereni||5 of 6|
|6||6||Russia||Boil / Build||Carla||5 of 6|
|7||7||Russia → Portugal||Wet / Dry||Hereni||2 of 5|
|8||8||Portugal → Croatia||No Detour||Carla||4 of 5|||
|9||9||Croatia → Argentina||Tango / Tribute||Carla||4 of 4|
- Carla & Hereni have the highest finish of a team of racers from New Zealand, at 4th Place.
- Last team to be eliminated from the Seven Network incarnation of The Amazing Race Australia.
|The Amazing Race: Australia v New Zealand Teams|