Tele­vi­sion: Will this Bach­e­lor meet his per­fect match..........

It’s an Aussie bach­e­lor’s turn to find love, writes Lisa Sim­mons

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY CONTENTS -

SYD­NEY chi­ro­prac­tor Tim Ro­bards says he con­sulted his par­ents be­fore sign­ing on to join the tele­vised search for love as the bloke at the cen­tre of the first Aus­tralian edi­tion of The Bach­e­lor.

The for­mer per­sonal trainer and some­times model says their ad­vice was to think hard be­fore he signed on.

He knew tough de­ci­sions lay ahead and he would have to make them, while re­main­ing true to him­self in try­ing con­di­tions.

‘‘At the time, I liked the idea of some­thing that took me way out­side my com­fort zone, but not if that would be at the ex­pense of my fam­ily,’’ he says.

The show de­buts on air this week­end. And both Ro­bards par­ents are ex­cited by what lies ahead for him – ‘‘Mum par­tic­u­larly,’’ he says.

Ro­bards, 30, grew up in New­cas­tle and hails from a tightknit fam­ily. His par­ents have been mar­ried 30 years.

At least two Gold Coast women are among the 25 sin­gle women who will be vy­ing for Ro­bards af­fec­tions – stylist and Gold Coast Beauty Acad­emy trainer El­iz­a­beth McMa­hon and florist Sarah Amey.

Film­ing has com­menced and both say Ro­bards made a good first im­pres­sion.

‘‘Tim has a beau­ti­ful smile, a smile so warm­ing and beau­ti­ful, it draws you to him,’’ says McMa­hon, 33, who moved to Aus­tralia 14 years ago. Her famly re­main in Uganda. Says Amey, 22, of Ro­bards: ‘‘He’s tall, dark and hand­some. That’s my type but that’s a plus. It’s per­son­al­ity that’s go­ing to win me over. I’m look­ing for some­one who is car­ing, loyal, who has a great per­son­al­ity – some­one you can have a laugh with an have fun. Life’s too short, I think, not to smile.’’

With film­ing on­go­ing, Ro­bards won’t re­veal whether he be­lieves he’s met his per­fect match.

The women he has met, he says, are ‘‘a great group ’’ and he has en­joyed that process that sees him head with a date to ex­otic lo­ca­tions around Aus­tralia.

‘‘There’s been a great mix of in­tel­li­gence and beauty, loving and nur­tur­ing qual­i­ties,’’ he says. ‘‘They’re fun and ad­ven­ture­ous. You come into some­thing like this not re­ally know­ing who you’re go­ing to meet. I’ve been pleas­antly sur­prised.’’

The Bach­e­lor: Sun­days, 7.30pm, Ten, Ten SC.

Bach­e­lor Tim Ro­bards and (inset from left) Gold Coast bach­e­lorettes Sarah Amey and El­iz­a­beth McMa­hon

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