Emily Trenberth and Jonathan "Jono" Trenberth are a team of Siblings on The Amazing Race: Australia v New Zealand.
They spent the first three legs in the front of the pack, contending for 1st place, and butting heads with fellow front runners John & Murray. However, despite jumping out to a lead during the Roadblock in leg 4, Jono quickly became dehydrated. He suffered fainting spells and cramps, and though they managed to stay with the pack up through the Detour, Jono quit the Poo Detour when they did not get it right away, switching to the longer fire building Detour. Even though they still managed to finish the Detour in 6th, Jono cramped up on their run to the Pit Stop, allowing the long trailing Daniel & Ryan to pass them, and they were eliminated in 7th place.
These siblings are incredibly close and super sweet. Will their positive outlook survive the race?
Emily (24) and Jono (26) grew up in a tightknit family in Christchurch, the youngest two of four children.
According to Jono, he and Emily are the ultimate all-rounders and will be the smiling assassins in this competition. "We're smart, we're intelligent, we can work things out, we've got strategies and ideas and common sense. I think other teams will underestimate us in a big way and that's going to be their downfall, not ours."
Emily was home alone when the 2011 Christchurch Earthquakes hit. "Emily bore the brunt of dealing with our family home after the Earthquakes destroyed it – she did it all. Emily, the youngest child, grew up really fast," says Jono. They're quick to state they're grateful they only lost material items in the disaster.
When she's not studying Radiography, Emily works as a model, cheerleader and dancer. She still lives in Christchurch and recently opened NZ Fashion Week to public acclaim. She has modelled for Karen Walker and Trelise Cooper. Jono is a Creative Services Manager at a top Wellington advertising firm.
Do they have any fears for the race? "I like to think we've got an unbeatable bond, though I'm terrified we're going to fight. We never fight, not in our whole life," says Emily. Jono adds: "The most important thing to me isn't winning; the most important thing to me is our relationship."
The siblings last travelled together through Europe. "We were the ultimate team in Europe," says Emily, "however that was five years ago."
"Emily "mums" me all the time now," Jono laughs, "I'm like 'why are you annoying me, you never used to annoy me!'"
His younger sister in particular will bring a whole lot of fun and positivity to the race, "I like to think I'm really laid back and positive," Emily says. "I love life in every aspect. I'm really happy and I love, love, LOVE everyone! I love my family, I love my partner, I love my dog and my life is just full of love!"
The Amazing Race: Australia v New Zealand
|Emily & Jono's Race History|
|1||1||Australia → New Zealand||No Detour||Emily||3 of 10|
|2||2||New Zealand → Cambodia||Shrimp / Shoot||Jono||1 of 9|
|3||3||Cambodia → Thailand||Climb Up / Drill Down||Emily||2 of 8|
|4||4||Thailand → Namibia||Pipe / Poo||Jono||7 of 7|
- After the Race, Jono came out as gay. He then later appeared on the third season of Married at First Sight (NZ).
|The Amazing Race: Australia v New Zealand Teams|