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Elly Cash of Newton recently travelled to Argentina to compete on Wipeout Canada.
NEWTON - Is "Wipeout Canada" contestant Elly Cash of Newton $50,000 richer? She can't say.
Cash must keep her ranking a secret until the show airs this spring. But, what she can share is her experience as a "Wipeout" contestant.
The 51-year-old Islander says her unique experience was something she will never forget.
"It was fantastic. Just to be a part of the making of a TV show is pretty awesome. To see what happens behind the scenes, cut, action, all that stuff was pretty cool," said Cash.
"Wipeout" is a game show, filmed in Argentina, in which contestants attempt to make their way through a punishing obstacle course vying for the $50,000 prize.
"I tell everyone I won, I won a trip to Argentina. We stayed in Buenos Aires and toured around, taking in all the sights and to see the architecture of all the buildings and the culture was something else," Cash said.
Each "Wipeout" episode consists of 20 contestants participating in a qualifying round that includes the well-known sucker punch wall and big red balls. A dozen competitors move on from the qualifying round to compete in the quarterfinals, that group is then cut in half and six compete in the semifinals. In the final round, in which the $50,000 is up for grabs, the top four contestants compete in The Wipeout Zone.
"You definitely had to have balance and good cardio. But even the people who were in great shape got bombed out," Cash said, about her obstacle course experience. "People ask me now if the water was cold and I have no idea, I was just swimming for my life. I gave'r as much as I could."
Cash did not suffer any serious injuries, but did tweak her neck. She says she is waiting to watch the episode to find out what she did to it.
Contestants are asked to bring a prop or gimmick with them to the set. A proud Islander, Cash wore a flannel nightgown, apron and an "Anne of Green Gables" hat.
"I felt like such a dork," Cash said with a laugh. "I'm being interviewed and I have this stupid outfit on. And I have this yell that I do, I think they called it a 'war cry.'"
Canadian contestants will be receiving an email in the near future to advise them of when their episode will air. At this time, all Cash knows is that she will be on episode seven, possibly in April, and that she is going to invite her entire community to O'Shea's Pub and Eatery in Kinkora to watch the episode with her.
"Stay tuned," she said.
Cash's fellow Island contestants to watch for this spring on "Wipeout Canada" are Kathy McCardle of Kinkora, Jessica Rochford of Alberton, Blake Parkin of Cornwall and Ryan MacDonald of Charlottetown.