Tuesday, July 3 marks the premiere of The Amazing Race Canada: Heroes Edition, thew sixth annual installment of Canada’s most-watched summer series.

Ten new teams are featured this season. They scrambled across Canada and to different countries when production took place in May. Once again, former Olympian Jon Montgomery is back as host.

Of the ten new teams, I’m excited to have a representative of my city in the mix: Brampton’s own Akash Sidhu, the 22-year old teamed with his college chum Joesph Truong, 23, who is based in neighbouring Mississauga, Ont.

I spoke with these two and the other team members earlier this year in Toronto at the Bell Media press launch for the series. The new installment has been designated a heroes edition, and these two qualify thanks to the thousands of hours of charity work they have done on behalf of community causes, both in Canada and around the world through their association with United Nation refugee camps.

“We’ve stuffed entire buses with food and delivered them to food banks,” says Truong. They’ve also approached local food store managers in Brampton and Mississauga about waste programs and donations. “We’re very conversational — we don’t try to force store managers,” says Sidhu, who singles out No Frills managers as the most open to the donation plan. The two were featured on a CBC Marketplace account of the “Stuff-a-Bus” program. They note that in France, for example, grocery stores can be fined for throwing away perfectly good food.


The youngest teams in this summer’s race, the York U grads have traveled through Asia, Africa and Europe together and speak a few languages as you’ll learn in the three-minute video, above.  These are advantages they hope to draw on during their Amazing Race.

They say they modeled their run on a few previous contestants, including Mickey & Pete and The Give’rs.

Cheers them on as The Amazing Race Canada: Heroes Edition premieres Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on CTV.

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