Laura Takahashi and Jackie Skinner already live together, work together and travel together and they’re excited to spend even more time together running “The Amazing Race Canada.” In fact, this married couple from Toronto thinks it’s exactly what’s going to give them the edge.
“We literally probably are with each 24 hours a day most days. We really know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and really just rely on each other . . . I’m pretty stoked. I think it’s going to be pretty exciting,” says Jackie, 31, a musician.
“We’ll have the opportunity to take leadership roles at different times because we know what each other’s strengths are and we’ll be able to really feel each other and make sure we’re on the same page all the time,” adds Laura, 28, who works in media development.
The couple met while working as camp counsellors 15 years ago and soon became best friends. It wasn’t long before they started dating and were married last August.
“It’s been wonderful ever since,” says Jackie.
They also own a start-up media company together, something they say will also benefit them while on the “Race.”
“We plan things really well but we also tend to trouble shoot really quickly,” says Laura.
The team hopes it all works to their advantage.
“I think we are a pretty unassuming team. We’re pretty small girls, we’re not the big strong looking team.
Laura’s a very humble person and extremely smart. Her memory is incredible,” says Jackie.
“I hope people underestimate (us),” says Laura.
The couple also pride themselves on being humanitarians and say winning “The Amazing Race Canada” would help them give back to communities in some of the developing countries they visited.
“We’d really like to give back to a lot of the people we have met across the world while travelling. We met some amazing people who don’t have the means we do here. Any little thing can help them out huge,” says Jackie.
“We’d also love to be able to adopt some children and start a family with the money. It’s expensive. We’d like to go across the world and adopt some children. It would be a really cool thing.”