June 14th, 2016 Last Updated on: June 14th, 2016
The reigning Mrs. Universe, Ashley Callingbull, will be competing on the upcoming season of The Amazing Race Canada. You might recall Ashley (Enoch Cree Nation) made history by becoming the first Canadian AND the first First Nations woman to win the title of Mrs. Universe last summer. She will join up with her father Joel Ground, 42, an auto mechanic.
From the The Amazing Race Canada website, here's a bit more about the Father/Daughter team:
Joel and Ashley are a fun-loving, hardworking father/daughter team who are proud members of Enoch Cree Nation. Ashley is the current Mrs. Universe, and is both the first Canadian and the first, First Nations woman to win the title. Since winning the title, she has become a voice for First Nations issues in Canada, particularly in urging her community to vote in last year’s federal election. “I’m not surprised by Ashley’s influence and outspokenness,” says Joel. “I always knew that she would become someone important and influential.”
Joel is Ashley’s stepfather but the only dad she’s ever really known. Ashley had a tough upbringing living in poverty with her mom, with no male role models in her life. She was very untrusting of men, but that all changed when Joel came into the picture. Ashley values their relationship so much and the pair shares an incredibly strong bond. Joel recently walked Ashley down the aisle at her wedding and says he has never felt more proud.
With Joel’s experience as a mechanic and Ashley’s experience in pageants, this team is a perfect balance of hands on grit, grace under pressure, and smooth-talking finesse. They will be a fiercely competitive team on the race.
Joel and Ashley want to represent their Nation, and their communities and win “The Amazing Race Canada.” They hope their presence will be a positive influence on First Nations people. Any of their winnings will be taken home to their reserve and used to help their friends and family.
We'll be rooting you guys on!
The new season starts June 28th at 8 p.m. on CTV and CTV GO. Visit http://www.ctv.ca/ for more information.
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