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CELEBRITY chef Ja­son Roberts has been en­joy­ing the sights of the North, hol­i­day­ing around Townsville.

The Manly Pav­il­lion ex­ec­u­tive chef, who split his time be­tween the United States and Sydney for more than a decade, has writ­ten three cook­books and has a long re­sume of tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ances.

This week he’s been en­joy­ing a bit of down time from that busy sched­ule, check­ing out the Townsville Show, ex­plor­ing Mag­netic Is­land and check­ing out our best fish­ing spots. FOR a fash­ion de­signer, there’s noth­ing like a celebrity wear­ing your clothes to give your pro­file a boost. MARA Swim, the brain­child of for­mer model

a Townsville res­i­dent, and her Brisbane- based sis­ter, has been given a dose of star power by pro­fes­sional surfer Fitzgib­bons donned a lux­ury rashie from the la­bel this week while pro­mot­ing her All Aus­tralian Beach Body app, post­ing the pho­to­graph to In­sta­gram. The swimwear range was launched af­ter Par­nell had a brush with melanoma in 2014 and the pair re­alised that it was hard to find stylish, sun safe swim­mers.

Fitzgib­bons’ post has at­tracted com­ments from In­sta­gram­mers lov­ing the suit and want­ing to know where they can get their own. Guess this lit­tle boost will help the la­bel to ride the wave of suc­cess. THE North Queens­land Cow­boys’ Ori­gin III play­ers had a bit of a fan mo­ment af­ter the Bat­tle of Brisbane last Sun­day.

Cow­boys play­ers Michael Mor­gan, Coen Hess and Gavin Cooper, along with Brisbane Bronco Matt Gil­lett ( far left) were quick to pose for a pho­to­graph with win­ner Jeff Horn af­ter the Brisbane school­teacher’s win over Philip­pines box­ing leg­end Manny Pac­quiao.

Hav­ing your own fame helps when it comes to get­ting close to a cham­pion. TOWNSVILLE man Matt Wil­son, 24, is get­ting ready for his 15 min­utes of fame on new tele­vi­sion show Aus­tralian Ninja War­rior, which puts com­peti­tors through a se­ries of in­tense ob­sta­cle cour­ses.

The show is modelled off US re­al­ity show Amer­i­can Ninja War­rior and was filmed on Cock­a­too Is­land in Sydney Harbour.

A diesel tech­ni­cian by day and part- time strip­per by night, Wil­son will make his small- screen de­but to­mor­row night.

“To be hon­est I’ve al­ways loved Amer­i­can Ninja War­rior,” he said.

“I ac­tu­ally got tagged in a post this time last year from a friend who saw it was com­ing to Aus­tralia.”

The tradie trained for the show with runs along the Strand and up Cas­tle Hill, us­ing the sur­round­ing in­fra­struc­ture as ob­sta­cles.

He says nerves weren’t an is­sue af­ter plenty of hen’s night per­for­mances.

“I’m usu­ally tear­ing my pants off ev­ery Satur­day night,” he said.

“I’ve been in a lot more com­pro­mis­ing sit­u­a­tions than the show.”

Wil­son says his mother, who lives in Brisbane, doesn’t know he works as a strip­per and he isn’t telling her be­fore the show goes to air.

“Dad was be­hind that one ... I asked him if I should tell her and he said, ‘ No, I’m go­ing to film her re­ac­tion’,” he said.

“She’s a re­ally nice Catholic lady and she will have told all her friends to watch.”

Stay tuned.

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