Tom Wilkinson is sleepy. He’s just woken up on the other side of the world in Kensington, where he’s about to head out on to the streets with his iPhone and start ‘snapping’. He’s currently studying business management in Denmark and is on a three-day hiatus. Lucky him. This ex-professional footy player and keen traveller from Mount Eliza is looking forward to seeing what London has to deliver. If you think you’ve seen his face before, you have. He’s currently gracing our screens with his mate, Tyler Roos, in Channel 10’s The Amazing Race Australia 2019, which premiered on October 28, and the heat is on for this former Peninsula Grammar student.
Tom explains: “I met Tyler when I was 17 through playing footy with the Sandringham Dragons. He called me up one day and said he’d put my name down for a travel show. I had no idea! My whole life has been about footy. I’d left Peninsula Grammar on a scholarship to board at Melbourne Grammar to follow that dream. I finally got drafted to North Melbourne but in my second game I injured my ankle and was sidelined for four months. During that time off I decided I would explore other avenues while I recovered. It all happened pretty fast and the process of casting was strenuous but it was well worth it. I’ve always loved travelling, and even though there was a camera behind our backs while we were visiting all these amazing places, we took the time to get the most out of each experience.”
This 23-year-old is all about giving it a go and he’s keen to see where the future takes him. He’ll be back on the Peninsula for his mum’s birthday in December and of course Christmas. He continues: “I loved growing up in Mount Eliza and have very fond memories. It’s the hidden gem of the Peninsula. My mum Danielle and my brother Max are still there and I’ve got loads of friends I visit regularly. We’d spend pretty much every weekend surfing down at Rye and having fun. Tyler is a great travel companion, and because we’ve both played football we believed we had an edge. You’ve got to have a certain temperament to play footy. You get angry. You forget about it. You move on. That kind of attitude helped us while travelling from continent to continent. We are both pretty competitive and understand that you’ve got to keep going.”
Which I’m certain this young man will do, whether it’s on the footy field, the television, an airplane or in the world of business. Tune in to The Amazing Race Australia, which airs on Ten on Mondays and Tuesdays at 7.30pm, to follow his journey.