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Orillian competes in Wipeout Canada TV show

Lance Holdforth

Orillia native Halley Van Muyen got wiped out on national television after recently competing for game show glory on the athletes edition of Wipeout Canada.

The 24-year-old currently lives in Ottawa, but said she was hometown proud when she competed against 19 other athletes and making it to round three of the obstacle based game show.

"It was a fantastic experience," she said. "I auditioned in July of last year, and then in September they told me I was officially on the show."

Van Muyen and her best friend drove to Toronto for auditions after finding out about it, but she said they didn't know what to expect.

"It took three hours to fill out the application," she said. "The testing we had to go through before hand was pretty stringent. I had to go to my doctor and they had to assess my physical capability and make sure I didn't have outstanding medical conditions."

The episode was recorded during six days in Buenos Ares last November, and Van Muyen was alloted a some time to 'train'for the episode.

"The premiss of the show was that we were all former professional, or current professional athletes," said Van Muyen. "My room mate throughout the show was Tessa Bonhomme. She was on the Canadian Woman's hockey team last year."

She said the competition was difficult, but having fun was her main objective even if some obstacles were harder than others.

"I think. probably the big red ball gave me the biggest trouble," she said with a laugh. "If you see me on the show you'll know why."

Van Muyan competed in professional levels of Snow Boarding and gymnastics, with the trampoline as her primary talent, and said all Canadian athletics were well represented on the show.

"There were two olympic rowers there, there were cross country skiers, skeleton racers, sharp shooters, so it was really a good mix of everybody and their talents."

Van Muyen to Ottawa more than four years ago to attend Carlton University, but said the support she received from her family and friends in Orillia was almost overwhelming.

"I got more more Facebook messages than anything," she said. "Everyone was really supportive and proud. Thanks to everyone who did watch, and I hope I entertained."

She said her cast members flew down together with members of another episode set to be filmed during the same week, but said it was more like a vacation.

"We were there with the cast of another show, so there was 40 us on the same flight and we flew down together," she said. "It was actually fun it was like a vacation with a bunch of random people."

Van Muyen said the experience was one of a kind, but added she would "absolutely" do it again.

"I would do it again in a heart beat, and I tell everyone I know to audition," she said.

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