Melbourne police officers Shane Haw and Andrew Thoday proved they weren’t the “dumb cops” their competitors thought they were tonight, winning series two of The Amazing Race Australia on Channel Seven.
The workmates, who describe themselves “as thick as thieves”, were over the moon to win the $250,000 prize money, after travelling more than 65,000kms across four continents on the gruelling race around the world.
Andrew says of the experience: “The adrenalin rush running into the final pit stop with that chest in our grasp and the other contestants cheering for us was exhilarating. To win is absolutely mind blowing. I am very proud of Shane and myself.”
Both Shane, 44, and Andrew, 35, are family men, with Andrew saying the prize money will “smash the mortgage and get the kids into a good school”.
The cops beat their rivals, “alpha males” Paul Montgomery and Steve Scale, to the finish line on Queensland’s beautiful Fraser Island, with twin Sydney cheerleaders Michelle and Jo Troy placing third.
Shane admits they “came from nowhere” to win the all-important final leg over fierce competitors Paul and Steve and believes their biggest strength was they “never had a blue”.
And it seems their win could have been in their destiny – Andrew said the Saturday night before they started the race he opened a fortune cookie that said: “You are going to win a contest.”
“It was meant to be!” says Shane. “We’re absolutely stoked!” They won $250,000!