Bombs AWAY

Rachael Finch new dives into game show Can­non­ball

Herald Sun - Switched On - - FRONT PAGE - ANNA BRAIN TV WRITER

Rachael Finch is ready to put her money where her mouth is.

As ref­eree on Seven’s new game show, Can­non­ball, she cheer­ily sends con­tes­tants on their way down a four storey­high wa­ter­slide.

But “Finchy”, as co-hosts Ben Min­gay and Tim Ross call her, is no shirker, hav­ing first tack­led the course her­self. As you might ex­pect of a Miss Uni­verse Aus­tralia con­tes­tant (2009), she flies through the air with style.

“I was the guinea pig, the demon­stra­tion model if you want to call it that,” she says.

No stranger to dare­devil an­tics, Finch, 29, grew up in Townsville, where she was a keen wa­ter­skier.

“Ev­ery Sun­day when the sun rose we’d pack up and get out on the wa­ter un­til the sun set. It was our weekly fam­ily rit­ual that I ab­so­lutely loved,” she says.

This year, au­di­ences went wild for Nine’s Ninja War­rior — an ob­sta­cle course for elite ath­letes — which Finch at­tributes to peo­ple “want­ing to laugh” and re­lax in front of the TV. The show achieved phe­nom­e­nal rat­ings. On Can­non­ball, un­like Ninja

War­rior, fit­ness and strength aren’t pre­req­ui­sites. In fact, on some chal­lenges, it could be a dis­ad­van­tage.

“The Blob, for ex­am­ple, is about how high you can get,” Finch says. “Fit­ness def­i­nitely doesn’t play a part in that. The lighter you are, the harder it is.

“It’s not meant to be se­ri­ous, and it’s very fam­ily friendly, that’s what I love about it.”

Fam­ily life is im­por­tant to Finch, who is a Myer am­bas­sador and runs an on­line health and fit­ness pro­gram, Body of Dance (B.O.D), with hus­band Michael Miziner, who she met when she was part­nered with him on Danc­ing with the Stars in 2010. They have two chil­dren, Vi­o­let, 3, and Do­minic, six months.

In 2016, Finch was heav­ily crit­i­cised for say­ing she en­joys child-free week­ends with her hus­band.

Given the in­evitable mummy-sham­ing back­lash, she might be for­given for step­ping away from so­cial me­dia. But in­stead, Finch main­tains her high pro­file on­line, and en­joys in­ter­act­ing with her fol­low­ers.

She has sought ad­vice on im­por­tant ques­tions, such as nam­ing baby Do­minic, and whether or not to have a third child, some­thing she is still con­sid­er­ing.

“In a year or two we might re­assess the sit­u­a­tion. At the end of the day, af­ter chat­ting with the girls, the end re­sult is to just be in the mo­ment and en­joy what I’m do­ing.”

WATCH CAN­NON­BALL, SEVEN, WEDNESDAY & THURS­DAY, 7.30PM

“I was the guinea pig, the demon­stra­tion model if you want to call it that”

RACHAEL FINCH HAS TRIED CAN­NON­BALL

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