This adventurer is a hero everywhere but in his own home
AFrench Foreign Legion medal
I had a sergeant seriously punish me for 24 hours. When the cameras were down he shakes my hand, and in his hand was this medal. Civilians are not allowed to have it, but he said, ‘You deserve this’. I was blown away. dventurer and documentary-maker Todd Sampson is at it again, testing the he limits of human endurance in Channel el 10’s BodyHack 2.0 — and he’s loving it.
In the new series, Todd leaves the comfort rt of life in Bondi Beach to rough it out in hot spots such as Mongolia and Mosul, Iraq.
While they’re not exactly holiday destinations, Todd has found beauty and compassion in the least likely of places. “Iraq was a reality check,” he says. “I realised before I went that everything I knew about Iraq, I learned from the media. What I found was one of the most welcoming g and hospitable people — I have kissed more men in Iraq than I have in my entire life.
“Yes, it’s one of the most violent places in the world, but it’s also the most beautiful in terms of culture.”
He says that every new adventure changes s him as a person, and when he gets home it’s up to him to settle back in quickly.
“My own tribe, my family is pretty full on too, they are pretty out there as well,” Todd says. “But it’s not like I come home from Iraq, , and they’re like, ‘Take a few days to relax’.
“No, I come into their world and it’s up to me to adjust, which is great. They’re not sitting ng around waiting for me to get home.”
In fact, all the fuss in the house is for his wife Neomie.
“My wife is definitely the hero in our home,” Todd says.
The collection of artworks of Neomie in the home prove this point.
“We celebrate our kids’ art,” Todd says. “It’s the only job that robots won’t be doing in the future.”
It was a Father’s Day gift from the kids. At the time they gave it to me they were super young, so in reality it was partially built by Neomie, which I love.
TV presenter Todd Sampson
Bondi Beach with his wife Neomie and children Coco, 11, and Jet, 8
The walls are covered with drawings of Neomie. I came home to see a drawing of someone with short hair, and I thought, ‘Great, there’s one of me’, but the girls said, ‘No, that’s Grandma’ This is the real world for me. It’s my safe place