'Amazing Race Canada' Casts First Transgender Competitor

Hamilton Elliott and Michaela Drever

Hamilton Elliott, who transitioned from female to male, and fiancee Michaelia Drever will race across the country.

The Amazing Race Canada has embraced the transgender movement, casting Hamilton Elliott, who was born a woman, for its upcoming third season.

Elliott, 19, who began transitioning from female to male when he was 15 years old, will race across Canada in the popular TV competition series with fiancee Michaelia Drever for $1 million in prizes up for grabs.

“I want Canadians to know that the search for one’s true gender identity is challenging, but ultimately rewarding,” Hamilton said in a statement, as he looks to be a positive role model for Canada's transgender community.

Both Elliott and Drever are former military cadets now living in Centreville, Nova Scotia. Other competitors so far unveiled for The Amazing Race Canada include UFC fighter Elias Theodorou and girlfriend Max Altamuro, both from Toronto.

The Canadian version of the international TV franchise has been a summer hit series for CTV, averaging around 3 million viewers. The third season of The Amazing Race Canada debuts on July 8.