Rachael Finch new dives into game show Cannonball
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.”
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“I was the guinea pig, the demonstration model if you want to call it that”
RACHAEL FINCH HAS TRIED CANNONBALL