Todd Samp­son

This ad­ven­turer is a hero ev­ery­where but in his own home

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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.”

Killer robot

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

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