'We Never Saw People Like Us On TV': The Amazing Race Australia's Gay Newlyweds Are Here To Represent
It's no surprise that for teams on 'The Amazing Race', their relationships are put under immense strain.
For newlyweds Rod and Tim, that's a lot of pressure on a marriage when the confetti has only just settled, but the pair didn't seem worried about the potential strain they'd be under.
The pair have been together for a little over two years, tying the knot in March of this year.
"We got engaged at the one-year mark and got married at the two-year mark," Rod told 10 daily, "Some people thought we moved pretty quick, but when you know... you know," he said.
"When Tim came into my world it was like I met my best mate, and everything just worked."
For Tim, he felt like he would never meet someone like Rod. "Growing up we knew we were different and didn't fit in," he told 10 daily.
"When I met Rod I was like this is the man I've been waiting for. This is the man of my dreams. We knew the moment we met we were meant to be together."
Growing up part of the LGBTQ+ community, the pair have seen how far Australia has come, and the changes that have occurred even in the last few years.
"Prior to [the YES vote] I never even felt like it was okay to be gay," Rod said. "I thought there was something wrong with me for feeling this way. I think a lot of Australians felt that same way."
"We're crazy reality TV junkies," Tim added, "Growing up we never saw people like us on TV. There's not one type of gay person.
"You can love who you want to love and who you want to be, there's no box to fit into. If you can inspire people to just be who they want to be."
The pair have travelled together a lot, which they saw as an advantage to some of the other teams, knowing each other's moods and seeing them at their best and jet-lagged worst.
Both certified personal trainers, Rod and Tim also weren't worried about the physical aspects of the race.
"It's never just physical," Rod said, adding that right from the starting line they were thrown mental challenges and puzzles.
"What surprised me is what you can do on lack of sleep," he said, "We'd be the most tired we've ever been but when someone hands you that clue -- the adrenaline kicks in and you feel like you've had 30 cups of coffee and could run forever."
The pair admitted that one of their downfalls was how competitive they can be, but in a race like this, it was also a great motivator to keep going.
"We knew we wanted to have fun," Rod said, "but we were in this race to win it and we were going to give it everything we had. We've grown up our whole lives as underdogs, we wanted to get on that race and prove people wrong."
The pair also said their relationship dynamic helped when things got rough, when they struggled with challenges or when the lack of sleep and food began to take its toll and they had their "hangry" moments.
"It's super high pressure," Tim said, "We're very similar in many ways but I also feel like if one of us is really struggling or wigging out hardcore, we're good at picking each other up.
"There's a lot on the line in a race like this. I think we raced really well and kept each other really calm."
Rod added, "I honestly couldn't have picked a better person to do this with. When I freaked out I was about to have a full-blown meltdown... If I had him by my side, I could make everything okay."
The Amazing Race Australia' will premiere Monday, October 28 at 7.30 on Network 10 and WIN Network.
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