For­mer Hock­ey­roo star­ring off the field

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - Sara Fitz­patrick

SIN­GLE and on the cusp of 30, Elise Stacy took the plunge and au­di­tioned for The Bach­e­lor Aus­tralia.

Af­ter all, the for­mer Hock­ey­roo told her­self, dat­ing is an un­con­ven­tional process these days.

“My dad and brother freaked out and my sis­ter got really ex­cited, so I was given two ends of the spec­trum,” the Cottes­loe res­i­dent said.

“My best friends told me: ‘Go do it, the one thing you’ll have to prom­ise is not to get too drunk at the cock­tail par­ties’.”

Stacy’s ob­jec­tive was to find a charm­ing and loyal part­ner, but she also had per­sonal goals to achieve.

“One was to do things I wouldn’t nor­mally do, so I of­ten thought: ‘Put your­self in this sit­u­a­tion and just go with it’,” she said.

“The other was to be my­self – it’s re­al­ity TV, but if you are true to your­self and who you are then you can’t be mis­con­strued and that was my other ob­jec­tive.”

Stacy joined the Hock­ey­roos in 2010, mov­ing from home city Ade­laide to Perth.

“When I was in­ter­viewed for the show, I was asked how I would go liv­ing with a group of girls and I re­sponded: ‘Easy-peasy, I’ve done it in my hockey ca­reer’, but I un­der­es­ti­mated that,” she said.

“I was sur­prised at how some peo­ple treated oth­ers in the house.

“We had such an ar­ray of dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties and that really caught me off-guard at the be­gin­ning and that’s why I sat there like a deer in the head­lights for a while.

“My time as a Hock­ey­roo did help pre­pare me for the show as I’m quite a re­silient per­son. I can roll with the punches and I know it’s not all fairy­tales and roses and there are some tough times.”

What ad­vice does the hockey star turned mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive of­fer women go­ing on the show?

“You have to be ready for the un­known and re­lin­quish any kind of con­trol that you have in your nor­mal life – this ex­pe­ri­ence doesn’t suit ev­ery­one,” Stacy said.

The Bach­e­lor Aus­tralia con­tes­tant Elise Stacy.

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