Farm kids handle hard work in TV competition

Two Saskatchewan kids were given the chance to put the skills they’ve learned on the farm to use in the third season of a youth reality show.

YTV’sIn Real Lifetakes 18 kids aged 12-14 from across Canada and has them compete in a series of challenges based on jobs throughout North America.

Past shows included training dolphins in Florida and learning how to operate the Jaws of Life, a tool used to cut accident victims from car wrecks.

The challenges are set up as races, with the last team of two across the finish line facing elimination. The prize for winning is money for university tuition and an all expenses paid family vacation.

Chase Martin, a 13-year-old who lives on a farm near Coronach, was an avid fan of the series’ first two seasons and ofRace to the Finish,the show’s accompanying online video game. He was thrilled to find out he’d been selected for season three.

“When I found out, I was jumping around the house,” he said.

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Sydney Reynolds, 14, whose family runs a 6,000 acre grain farm near Nokomis had spent weeks preparing herself for rejection after applying.

“I couldn’t believe it, I had to get them to repeat it,” she said of being accepted for the show.

The next thing Reynolds knew, she was on her way to film the show’s first episode, in which the kids were subjected to the rigours of army training, complete with a drill instructor hollering at them as they raced in teams of two to complete various challenges, including a gruelling obstacle course.

“They don’t prepare you, you get in a van, go to the location and all of a sudden they jump out and it’s pushups and sit-ups in the rain,” said Reynolds.

Both Martin and Reynolds said that their farm backgrounds gave them skills and toughness that helped them during the competition and the long days required to make the show.

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“You do more stuff, you’re used to doing chores, and you’re used to being outside more, and doing things outside,” said Martin.

“You work until the job is done, and you get used to working tiring hours,” said Reynolds, adding that her experience helping her father, Darryl, also gave her experience with big equipment and vehicles that made her a bit less skittish than some city kids.

Martin, who was eliminated after the first episode, was happy for the experience.

“I met 18 amazing friends, and a whole bunch of really nice people, and the crew was really nice too… it was the experience of a lifetime.”

Reynolds agreed.

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“We all have each other on Facebook and we Skype almost every day.”