Miner set to star on Bach­e­lorette

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WES Ford hopes to over­come his shy­ness on The Bach­e­lorette.

Born and bred in Yep­poon, the 31-year-old FIFO worker is one of 18 bach­e­lors vy­ing for the at­ten­tion of Ali Oet­jen on the fourth sea­son of Chan­nel 10’s re­al­ity dat­ing show, which pre­mieres on Wed­nes­day.

“Get­ting the at­ten­tion of a girl or go­ing up and talk­ing to a girl I’ve al­ways found dif­fi­cult,” he said.

“Go­ing in there with one girl and a pack of wolves was quite hard. I had to push my­self out of my com­fort zone.”

The heavy ma­chin­ery op­er­a­tor, who stud­ied at St Bren­dan’s Col­lege in Yep­poon and The Cathe­dral Col­lege in Rock­hamp­ton, moved to the Gold Coast two years ago.

While he con­tin­ues to fly in and out of Mackay to work in Mo­ran­bah, Wes re­cently started ex­plor­ing his op­tions as a model and ac­tor. Last year he scored a lead­ing role in the in­de­pen­dent film Mag­dala Rose, a his­tor­i­cal drama due for re­lease next year.

“I’ve been in min­ing for 12 years, so I’m try­ing to ven­ture off from that and giv­ing these other av­enues a go,” he said.

But he shot down any sug­ges­tion he ap­plied for The Bach­e­lorette to help his act­ing.

“I’m sin­gle and I went on there to find some­one I could pos­si­bly fall in love with,” he said.

“I knew her name was Ali but I avoided all the other in­for­ma­tion about her be­cause I didn’t want to put a value on some­one be­fore I met them.

“I was very ner­vous but she was pretty calm. You get that first spark when you meet some­one who is beau­ti­ful but you’ve got to get to know them and see if you are com­pat­i­ble.”

Photo: Chan­nel 10

HOT STUFF: Mo­ran­bah miner Wes Ford will be vy­ing for Ali Oet­jen’s heart in the new sea­son of The Bach­e­lorette.

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