Shane Haw and Andrew Thoday are a team of Cops and the Official Winners of The Amazing Race Australia 2.

They did not start out well, in part thanks to terrible luck with taxi drivers in various countries, and would have weak finishes throughout the entire first half of the season. They would improve greatly once they hit North America, but still went into the finale as huge underdogs to Paul & Steve and Michelle & Jo. They would pull ahead of the other two teams at the opinion matching task, and pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Race history. One of the most likable winners in the series, and one of the teams who could probably put the money to the best use.


These police officers from Melbourne may have very serious jobs as crime scene officers, but they love nothing more than having a laugh.

"We entered the race because we think we've got the perfect blend," says Shane. "We've got the skills and the fitness. But mainly we want to have fun, because if you're having fun the big one will take care of itself – the big two fiddy!"

"I think as crime scene officers we do have more attention to detail," says Andrew. "I'll have the best chance of winning with Shane, no doubt about it."

Shane and Andrew have worked together at the same police station for the last six years.

"We basically clicked from day one. We've been with each other in good times and bad and we're still best mates," says Shane. "We're pretty lucky."

These cops have been through plenty of hard times together, tearing up at the mention of their toughest time at work – the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

"There's no doubt that working together in an extreme situation like that brings you closer together," says Andrew.

"Having each other to lean on and offload to definitely made an awful situation slightly less difficult."

The boys also train together, hang out together and enjoy making funny home movies. In fact they spend so much time together their wives have described it as a "bromance".

"Shane will call up and my wife will say 'Your boyfriend's on the phone!'" laughs Andrew.

Shane cites his greatest achievement as being crowned Australian SingStar Champion in 2008. "We had to submit a video of ourselves singing our favourite song," explains Shane, who flew up to Sydney for the finals. "I got up and sang 'You Sexy Thing'. We won $10,000 so split it $5,000 each."

And what would they spend the money on if they won The Amazing Race Australia?

"I'd probably treat the wife and kids to a holiday," says Shane. "And pay for the kids education to give them the best possible start in life."

The Amazing Race Australia 2

Race History

Shane & Andrew's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 Australia → The Philippines Jig / Pig No Roadblock 8 of 11
2 2 The Philippines → India Pull / Poo No Roadblock 7 of 11
3 3 India Unknown Shane 6 of 10 [1][2]
4 4 India → United Arab Emirates Camel Dash / Dune Bash Unknown 5 of 9 [3]
5 5 United Arab Emirates → Turkey Count 'Em Up / Price 'Em Up Andrew 5 of 8
6 6 Turkey Shine / Design Shane 6 of 8
7 7 Turkey → France → Cuba No Detour Andrew 3 of 7
8 8 Cuba Che Puzzle / Daiquiri Guzzle Shane 2 of 7
9 9 Cuba → Canada Toss / Tumble Shane 2 of 6
10 10 Canada Search / Ski Shane 1 of 5
11 11 Canada → China Waiter / Wheel Andrew 3 of 4
12 12 China → Australia Teach / Learn Andrew 1 of 3
Average 4.09
     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: There was an unaired Detour on Leg 3.
2: Shane & Andrew broke more than 15 pots during the Route Info task and received a 15 minute penalty at the pot drop off.
3: There was an unaired Roadblock on Leg 4. It is unknown if Shane or Andrew performed the Roadblock.


  • Shane & Andrew have the lowest racing average of a team who won The Amazing Race Australia, at 4.09.

External links


  • That's Life! (Summer 2012): "The Amazing Race Australia is back with policemen Andrew and Shane"
  • Yahoo7 (08/15/2012): "Find out how Shane & Andrew felt about their time on the race."
  • Seanna Cronin at Sunshine Coast Daily (08/15/2012): "Cops win race around the world"
  • (08/15/2012): "Victorian officers Shane Haw and Andrew Thoday win The Amazing Race"
  • (08/15/2012): "Cops are top on Amazing Race"
  • Fairsy and Jules at (12/08/2013): "Interview - Andrew and Shane From Amazing Race Australia"

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