Big­ger game plan

Eastern Reporter - - Front Page - Belinda Cipri­ano

SWAN Dis­tricts player Brooke Blur­ton (23) won the hearts of Aus­tralian view­ers af­ter her stint on The Bach­e­lor. Fol­low­ing her exit on the show, she is now fo­cus­ing on her work as a youth worker and sport.

SHE might have been the one that got away from Nick Cum­mins’ con­tro­ver­sial se­ries of The Bach­e­lor, but for Swan Dis­tricts player Brooke Blur­ton, it’s a case of mov­ing on and fo­cus­ing on the things she loves most.

The 23-year-old, who was the favourite to win the ‘Honey Badger’s’ heart, walked away from the show af­ter Cum­mins was un­able to show his com­mit­ment to her.

It was a move that won the re­spect of fans across the coun­try as she be­came Aus­tralia’s sweet­heart.

“I’ve def­i­nitely been lucky to come out of this with such a good re­sponse from all around Aus­tralia,” she said.

“It’s ob­vi­ously re­ally nice be­cause you are who you are and I think peo­ple have liked that.”

Blur­ton, who lost her mum to sui­cide, works as a youth worker with a fo­cus on men­tal health, a role she de­scribed as her pas­sion.

“My job is awe­some,” she said. “I love it and if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.

“I’m a role model or a men­tor for young girls and boys as well, es­pe­cially be­ing Abo­rig­i­nal.

“There is a bit of pres­sure with my job in that I have to main­tain a re­ally pos­i­tive out­look on life.

“And that’s what I’m try­ing to en­cour­age in Abo­rig­i­nal youth. You go through some stuff but you can be a role model for other youth that are com­ing through, which is what I’ve tried to im­ple­ment my­self.”

She has played sport for most of her life, in­clud­ing women’s footy with the Swan Dis­tricts Foot­ball Club, rugby league for South Perth and union for Ned­lands, and de­scribed her­self as “pretty nor­mal”.

“It’s ac­tu­ally off sea­son for footy, but at the mo­ment I’m still do­ing a bit of rugby so that’s good,” she said.

“My life has been well­doc­u­mented and peo­ple who know me know I’m re­ally nor­mal.

“I’m ac­tu­ally re­ally out­go­ing and a lov­ing per­son and while my life hasn’t ex­actly been that sta­ble, I’ve worked re­ally hard to get where I am now.

“I have a few goals that I’d love to achieve and that’s gen­er­ally go­ing back to study and ed­u­cate my­self.

“I want to try not to be just an ad­vo­cate any­more, but to be in the po­si­tion to ac­tu­ally make an in­flu­ence.”

So why choose a re­al­ity tele­vi­sion show to find love, and is she still sin­gle?

“I’m dif­fer­ent; I know what I need and it hasn’t been that easy try­ing to find that,” she said.

“It was also about putting my­self out there and be­ing vul­ner­a­ble in sit­u­a­tions.”

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Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Brooke Blur­ton is mov­ing on from The Bach­e­lor.

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