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Gulfport employee on reality TV show that premieres Sunday

A city of Gulfport employee and her cousin will be featured on The Amazing Race, a reality TV show that premieres Sunday. Kerri Paul, a program coordinator in the city’s Department of Leisure Services, will soon be a reality TV star, along with her cousin, Stacy Bowers. The two are joining the the 11-team trek around the world in a month-long quest for the ultimate prize of $1 million. The cousins left Gulfport several months ago for an undisclosed location in Europe to begin shooting for the show. “I am very excited about the opportunity to compete in The Race with my cousin and to be a positive representation of the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” Paul said. “Also, I want to take this time to travel around the world, accomplish my goal of winning The Race and to do something adventurous before my husband and I settle down and start having children. “ On the show, at every destination each team must compete in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical. Teams who are the farthest behind are gradually eliminated. Paul said skills she has learned on the job with the city will help her compete against the 10 other teams on the show. “I am very skilled at the planning and execution of events and activities,” she said. “I pay very close attention to detail, which will help at completing tasks with precision.” The Amazing Race, now entering its 20th season, is an eight-time Emmy Award-winning reality series hosted by Phil Keoghan. The show airs at 7 p.m. on CBS.