Ross Thornton and Tarryn Lee Thornton are a Father & Daughter team on The Amazing Race Australia 2.
Much like other father-daughter teams on the race, Ross was very protective and overbearing towards his daughter, but it didn't stop them from managing a strong start to the race. On the first leg, they saved Lucy & Emilia from elimination by using the salvage pass they won. However, their race prematurely came to an end in Turkey, as Ross would end up choking on the Arabic Symbols Roadblock and chose to quit the task, taking the four-hour penalty. Though they were saved by a non-elimination leg, their race was ultimately over, as the combination of no equalizer in the next leg and an Intersection guaranteed their 8th place finish.
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This father and daughter duo from Melbourne have experienced their share of sporting triumph, but will their competitive instincts be enough to help them win The Amazing Race Australia?
Ross is a former Fitzroy footballer turned successful businessman. His daughter Tarryn was a Victorian representative basketball player who now works as a dietician and personal trainer.
"When I played footy it was all about winning. Second best was not good enough," says Ross.
Ross was Fitzroy's Vice-Captain for three years and named the club's Best and Fairest Player in 1984.
"I'm 55 now, still fit and only a couple of kilos heavier than my playing weight. I want to prove I've still got it."
Tarryn says, "I guess in some ways I've grown up in the shadow of Dad's achievements."
"But I'm 27 now and hopefully about to move out of home. I want to show him that I am independent and I can handle things by myself. I don't always need him to hold my hand all the time."
Having competed at an elite level as well as living under the same roof, this team are well aware of their strengths and weaknesses.
"Dad can be short-tempered at times but he's also logical and systematic. I tend to be a tad impatient and stress under pressure," says Tarryn.
But will any familial arguments get in the way of their competitive spirit? "I'm sure there will be disagreements," says Ross. "Tarryn thinks she knows best. But I know I know best!"
Ross says he's not concerned by what the race holds in store for them. "I fear nothing except what might come out of my daughter's mouth."
What did you do for a living before The Amazing Race Australia? McDonald’s Licensee.
In what ways do you think you complement each other as a team? We are both very fit and active. We are always up for a challenge and have very competitive natures.
What strong points do you have that you think will help you win the race? We are both extremely determined and never give up on what we aim to achieve. No challenges will be too extreme for us as we are prepared to tackle every challenge that is thrown our way.
How are you planning to deal with the stress so you don’t crack on the race? Stay totally focused on the challenge. Don’t get involved in any confrontations with other teams. Read and understand all clues thoroughly.
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done? Abseiling a vertical cliff face without any previous training.
What was the first thing you did when you learned that you had been selected to be on The Amazing Race Australia? Absolute stunned disbelief. It was something I had always wanted to be involved in but to be told it was actually going to happen was so hard to comprehend.
What’s one quality about your team mate that could hold you back during the race? Making sure she is looking great. May cause an issue for the early starts.
What did you do for a living before The Amazing Race Australia? Dietitian, Personal Trainer, Promotional Model/ Host.
In what ways do you think you complement each other as a team? Being family and living in the same house all my life; we can read each other and know how to work to each others' strengths. We are driven, competitive and motivated.
What strong points do you have that you think will help you win the race? Both competed in a professional level of sport so know what it takes to be the best. Strong work ethic, resourceful and very determined.
How are you planning to deal with the stress so you don’t crack on the race? Stay focused on the task and make sure we read and understand the clues!!
What’s the most daring thing you’ve ever done? Going on The Amazing Race! - It’s the unexpectedness of the race, you never know what’s in store for you around the next corner. It can make you tackle your fears because if you don’t you will be going home.
What was the first thing you did when you learned that you had been selected to be on The Amazing Race Australia? Scream, jump up and down and called Dad!
What’s one quality about your team mate that could hold you back during the race? The fact Dad can’t accept he is ever wrong.
The Amazing Race Australia 2
|Ross & Tarryn's Race History|
|1||1||Australia → Philippines||Jig / Pig||No Roadblock||1 of 11►|||
|2||2||Philippines → India||Pull / Poo||Unknown||4 of 11|||
|3||3||India||Unknown||Ross||2 of 10|||
|4||4||India → United Arab Emirates||Camel Dash / Dune Bash||Unknown||7 of 9|||
|5||5||United Arab Emirates → Turkey||Count 'Em Up / Price 'Em Up||Ross||8 of 8|||
|6||6||Turkey||Shine / Design||Ross||8 of 8|||
- Ross & Tarryn are the first team to win the Salvage Pass and subsequently the first to use it to save another team from elimination.
- First team to be eliminated in Turkey.
- Ross's Wikipedia page: Ross Thorton
- Ross & Tarryn's Facebook: /pages/Ross-Tarryn-The-Amazing-Race-Australia/127192567412786
- Tarryn's Facebook: /tarrynthornton
- Tarryn's Twitter: @tarryn_thornton
|The Amazing Race Australia 2 Teams|