Paul Montgomery and Steve Scale are a team of Workmates on The Amazing Race Australia 2.
While early on it looked like Paul's heady opinion of himself was way overestimated, they turned it on in Istanbul with the Arabic symbol memory Roadblock and ended up winning five straight legs. In the finale, they would fall behind on the opinion matching task, and Paul choking on the Detour quiz would prevent them from catching up to Shane & Andrew, finishing 2nd.
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These workmates from Victoria spend their days together and share a ruthless competitive edge, but that's where the similarities end.
"We work for a road building company, but he's the accountant and I get my hands dirty," explains Steve, who works with the company's construction contractors.
Even though the furthest they've travelled together is "down the road to get lunch", these unlikely teammates are in the race to win.
"I used to be an overweight kid," explains Paul. "I grew up being bullied, then I got into bodybuilding. So I will be testing my results in a competitive environment."
Paul says his physical transformation is his proudest achievement. "I'd like to show that the kid that got bullied can stand up for himself."
"I would describe myself as motivated, powerful and intelligent," says Paul.
"And intense and arrogant!" adds Steve with a laugh.
"Perceived arrogance," corrects Paul.
"We are here to be number one and if that involves burning another team then so be it," says Steve, the more laidback half of this partnership.
Paul adds, "I'm not preparing a departure speech because I'm going to be winning this race."
What did you do for a living before The Amazing Race Australia? Company Accountant
How did you first meet? Met at work, 2 years ago.
In what ways do you think you complement each other as a team? Quite opposite skillsets and personalities leads us to hopefully make up for each other’s different weaknesses. We both have attitudes that wont dwell on failure nor deteriorate into blame shifting, we’ll get the job done.
What strong points do you have that you think will help you win the race? I’m great at mental orientated tasks, Steve will be great at technical orientated tasks and either of us are capable for physical tasks.
How are you planning to deal with the stress so you don’t crack on the race? Have a sense of prioritising goals and not allowing emotions to compromise that. Not taking things personally and treating it with a business strategy approach, reminding myself that there are potentially far worse hardships in life than the challenges that the race can throw at us.
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done? Skydiving and overcoming shyness to making a move while on a date.
What was the first thing you did when you learned that you had been selected to be on The Amazing Race Australia? Released the excitement. I think it took form in an explicit fist pump.
What’s one quality about your team mate that could hold you back during the race? Strategically not aligned and will often need to explain ourselves to each other to better understand intentions.
What did you do for a living before The Amazing Race Australia? I worked as a Contracts Administrator
How did you first meet? We first met at work.
In what ways do you think you complement each other as a team? We compliment each other as a team in that we are opposites. So in that respect we cover a wider variety of skills to combat challenges that the race throws up.
What strong points do you have that you think will help you win the race? My strong points are that I have a lot of travel experience, having traveled extensively. I am also outgoing and confident in social situations.
How are you planning to deal with the stress so you don’t crack on the race? Make sure I get rest when I can and try to keep my body fueled.
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done? Bungee jumping. Loved the thrill. Keen as to go higher!
What was the first thing you did when you learned that you had been selected to be on The Amazing Race Australia? Fist pump & shout of excitement!
What’s one quality about your team mate that could hold you back during the race? Paul doesn’t have the best social game and can alienate people who don’t know him. Once you get to know him he’s a good bloke.
The Amazing Race Australia 2
|Paul & Steve's Race History|
|Episode||Leg||Destination(s)|| Detour Choice|
|1||1||Australia → The Philippines||Jig / Pig||No Roadblock||10 of 11|
|2||2||The Philippines → India||Pull / Poo||Unknown||5 of 11|||
|3||3||India||Unknown||Paul||5 of 10|||
|4||4||India → United Arab Emirates||Camel Dash / Dune Bash||Unknown||6 of 9⊃|||
|5||5||United Arab Emirates → Turkey||Count 'Em Up / Price 'Em Up||Paul||1 of 8⊃|
|6||6||Turkey||Shine / Design||Steve||1 of 8>|
|7||7||Turkey → France → Cuba||No Detour||Steve||1 of 7|||
|8||8||Cuba||Che Puzzle / Daiquiri Guzzle||Steve||1 of 7|
|9||9||Cuba → Canada||Used Fast Forward||1 of 6►|
|10||10||Canada||Search / Ski||Paul||4 of 5|
|11||11||Canada → China||Waiter / Wheel||Paul||2 of 4|
|12||12||China → Australia||Teach / Learn||Paul||2 of 3|
- Most legs won on the Seven Network incarnation of The Amazing Race Australia, with 5.
- Most consecutive legs won in a season, with 5.
- ↑ https://web.archive.org/web/20120527162217/http://au.tv.yahoo.com/the-amazing-race-australia/teams/article/-/13482411/paul-and-steve-vic/
- ↑ https://web.archive.org/web/20120702235557/http://au.tv.yahoo.com/the-amazing-race-australia/interviews/article/-/13722308/interview-with-paul/
- ↑ https://web.archive.org/web/20121001015726/http://au.tv.yahoo.com/the-amazing-race-australia/interviews/article/-/13740370/interview-with-steve/
|The Amazing Race Australia 2 Teams|