CTV Announces First Three Teams for Season 2 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA

 CTV Announces First Three Teams for Season 2 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA  - Canadian Olympic Champions, Montreal-based lovebirds, and a pair of bubbly  best friends from the Greater Toronto Area are first three teams revealed - -  Season 2 features 11 teams, with the remaining eight pairings to be announced  throughout this week -  - Season 2 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA premieres  Tuesday, July 8 on CTV and CTV GO -  To tweet this release: http://bit.ly/1i2U4lR  TORONTO, June 17, 2014 /CNW/ - As one of the most anticipated second seasons  in Canadian television history draws ever closer, CTV unveiled today the first  three of 11 teams competing in the all-new cycle of the THE AMAZING RACE  CANADA. Competing in this race of a lifetime are Canada's National Women's  Hockey Team members Natalie Spooner and Meaghan Mikkelson, both fresh off  their breath-taking gold medal triumph during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter  Games. Joining them are dating couple Alain and Audrey from the Montreal area,  who bring 'joie de vivre' and tenacity to the race, making them fierce  competitors. The third team unveiled today are best friends Shahla and  Nabeela, who share boundless energy and terrific chemistry - a lethal  combination in this competition. Up from nine teams last season, the 11 teams  will race for the historic half-a-million dollar grand prize. Three more teams  will be announced tomorrow (June 18), three on Thursday (June 19), and the  final two pairings will be revealed on Friday (June 20). Fans can also look  forward to a special Season 2 exclusive, to be revealed this Friday (June 20)  at noon ET by @AmazingRaceCDA.  Set to anchor CTV's Summer 2014 schedule, the most-watched Canadian television  series on record kicks-off its heart-pounding second season in a new timeslot,  airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, beginning July 8 on CTV and CTV GO.      **Media Note** Download artwork for THE AMAZING RACE CANADA at BellMediaPR.ca  "This season's teams are highly competitive, athletic, and full of  personality," said Phil King, President - CTV, Sports, and Entertainment  Programming. "They will ignite screens across Canada and inspire that same  passion we saw erupt from last summer's incredible journey."  "Canada once again rose to the challenge this season, we have the most  engaging and watchable teams - this season is going to blow people's minds,"  said John Brunton, Chairman and CEO of Insight Productions. "We have 11  dynamic teams from all corners of this country; Canada will be on the edge of  their seats cheering them on."  Below are the first three teams announced to compete in Season 2 of THE  AMAZING RACE CANADA. Click on the team names for full bios and photography.  Natalie Spooner and Meaghan Mikkelson - Teammates  Name: Natalie Spooner Age: 23 Current City: Scarborough, Ont. Occupation:  Forward, Canada's National Women's Hockey Team Twitter: @natspooner5  Name: Meaghan Mikkelson Age: 29 Current City: Calgary, Alta. Occupation:  Defence, Canada's National Women's Hockey Team Twitter: @Mikkelson12  Motto: "One clue at a time - unity in adversity."  Alain Chanoine and Audrey Tousignant-Maurice - Dating  Name: Alain Chanoine Age: 32 Current City: St-Hubert, Que. Occupation: Actor  Twitter: @AlainChanoine  Name: Audrey Tousignant-Maurice  Age: 31 Current City: St-Hubert, Que.  Occupation: Real Estate Broker Twitter: N/A  Team Motto : "We are the 'A' team - in it to win it!"  Shahla Kara and Nabeela Barday - Best Friends  Name: Shahla Kara Age: 29 Current City: Markham, Ont. Occupation: Occupational  Therapist Twitter: N/A  Name: Nabeela Barday Age: 29 Current City: Toronto, Ont. Occupation:  Management, Consulting Twitter: N/A  Team Motto: "Brownies for the win!"  Only one team can earn the title as Season 2 champions of THE AMAZING RACE  CANADA. The biggest grand prize ever awarded for a Canadian competition series  expanded this season to include "gas for life" from Petro-Canada. In addition,  the winning team once again receives a $250,000 cash payout and the  opportunity to fly free for a year anywhere Air Canada flies worldwide in  Business Class, plus two Chevrolet Silverado High Country Edition Pickup  Trucks. Teams are also competing for special pit stop prizes courtesy of Air  Canada and Scotiabank, to be revealed during the broadcasts.  Back this summer with all-new teams and exciting, edge-of-your-seat  challenges, the most-watched Canadian television series on record returns for  a second season of action-packed adventure. Hosted by Olympic champion and  Canadian hero Jon Montgomery (@jrmonty12), Season 1 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA  raced ahead of the pack with an average audience of 3.5 million viewers each  week, and garnered two Canadian Screen Award wins for Best Photography in a  Lifestyle or Reality/Competition Program or Series, and Best Writing in a  Lifestyle or Reality/Competition Program or Series. The smash-hit original  series vaulted into the record books as Canada's most-watched TV series last  summer and the second most-watched television program of the entire broadcast  year. Fans are encouraged to follow @AmazingRaceCDA and stay tuned to the CTV  Facebook page for updates.  Commissioned by CTV, Season 2 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA is produced by  Insight Productions in association with CTV and with the support of Profiles  Television Productions. Insight Productions' John Brunton and Barbara Bowlby  are Executive Producers, and Mark Lysakowski is Supervising Producer. Corrie  Coe is Senior Vice-President and Robin Johnston is Director, Independent  Production at Bell Media. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President,  Programming, CTV Networks. Phil King is President - CTV, Sports, and  Entertainment Programming.  Encore episodes of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA will air Saturdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT  and Sundays at 5 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO.  The four premier sponsors for THE AMAZING RACE CANADA areAir Canada, Chevrolet  Canada, Dairy Queen® Canada and Scotiabank.   SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:  Twitter:  @AmazingRaceCDA #RaceCDA @CTV_PR  @CTV_Television @insightprod @AirCanada @chevrolet @DQCanada @scotiabank    Facebook: facebook.com/TheAmazingRaceCanada facebook.com/ctv  facebook.com/insightproductions facebook.com/aircanada  facebook.com/chevroletcanada facebook.com/scotiabank  facebook.com/dairyqueencanada  About Bell Media Independent Production Bell Media has commissioned some of  Canada's most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with  the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit CTV series include  ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, THE LISTENER, MOTIVE, and THE AMAZING  RACE CANADA, the record-breaking, Canadian-produced complementary version of  the hit international series. New to CTV in 2014 are hit international format  MASTERCHEF CANADA and multi-cam office comedy SPUN OUT, one of the  most-watched new comedies of the season. Among the scripted series on Bell  Media pay and specialty channels are the two-time Emmy®-nominated hit  DEGRASSI, the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, the most-watched  original series in Space history BITTEN, Bravo's most-watched new drama 19-2,  TRANSPORTER: THE SERIES, and upcoming dramas SENSITIVE SKIN, and KILLJOYS.  Bell Media specialty channels are also home to hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU  HELL and CANADA'S WORST DRIVER, among others. In 2013, Bell Media ordered 27  original Canadian series and currently has 84 projects in various stages of  development.  About CTV  CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of  quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been  Canada's most-watched television network for the past 13 years in a row. CTV  is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading  assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by  BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More  information about CTV can be found on the network's website at CTV.ca.    SOURCE  CTV  Cary Mignault, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, 416.435.9295 or  cary.mignault@bellmedia.ca; Monique Bevan, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA,  416.384.2055 or Monique.bevan@bellmedia.ca; Jim Quan, CTV Networks,  416.384.5311 or jim.quan@bellmedia.ca  To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL:  http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/June2014/17/c2506.html  CO: CTV ST: Ontario NI: ENT TVNEWS  
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