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. 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.


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."

The Amazing Race Australia 2

Race History

Ross & Tarryn's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 Australia → The Philippines Jig / Pig No Roadblock 1 of 11 [1]
2 2 The Philippines → India Pull / Poo No Roadblock 4 of 11
3 3 India Unknown Ross 2 of 10 [2]
4 4 India → United Arab Emirates Camel Dash / Dune Bash Unknown 7 of 9 [3]
5 5 United Arab Emirates → Turkey Count 'Em Up / Price 'Em Up Ross 8 of 8 [4]
6 6 Turkey Shine / Design Ross 8 of 8 [5]
Average 5.00
     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 finished in last and were supposed to be eliminated, but were saved by the Salvage Pass or The Save
     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
> The team used the Yield
< Recipient of the Yield
The team used the U-Turn
Recipient of the U-Turn
The team used the Salvage Pass

1: Lucy & Emilia reached the Pit Stop in last place. However, since Ross & Tarryn won the Salvage Pass, they decided to save Lucy & Emilia from elimination.
2: There was an unaired Detour on Leg 3.
3: There was an unaired Roadblock on Leg 4. It is unknown if Ross or Tarryn performed the Roadblock.
4: Ross & Tarryn received a 4-hour penalty as a result of Ross quitting the Roadblock. However, As Ross & Tarryn checked in last on a Non-Elimination Leg, the penalty would be assessed at the beginning of the next leg.
5: Ross & Tarryn had been "marked for elimination," however, since they checked in last, they were eliminated without the 30-minute penalty being applied.


  • 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.

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