Kids are def­i­nitely the next step for us, I would prob­a­bly like them sooner than Anna

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e. n as me tI k about and I have no cred­i­bil­ity. That was my fo­cus go­ing into the first sea­son. But this sea­son I felt I didn’t have to worry so much about sav­ing face in a way, I just wanted to go in and do as well as I could do for me.”

Ro­bards was among 8000 hope­fuls who ap­plied for the sec­ond sea­son of the pop­u­lar Aus­tralian Ninja War­rior, which av­er­aged al­most 2.5 mil­lion view­ers last year.

Re­turn­ing com­peti­tor Zoe Featonby was nick­named Ti­ta­nium Woman last sea­son due to the fact she un­der­went spinal surgery for se­vere sco­l­io­sis at 16.

“I wanted to be a bit of a role model for guys and girls out there who have had spinal surgery like mine and to prove you can go out there and achieve if you put your mind to it,” the 27-year-old oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist from Can­berra says.

“I had so many mes­sages from young girls through so­cial me­dia and their par­ents who thanked me for shar­ing my story and said it was nice to see such a pos­i­tive out­come.”

Join­ing them is new­comer Jordy Pa­pan­drea, who’s rar­ing to have a crack at the course.

“With my back­ground as a gym­nast I can see a lot of links be­tween that and Ninja War­rior, so I thought it would be a good way to test my gym­nas­tics skills and train­ing in a dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ment,” says the 22-year-old Syd­ney stu­dent, who has done gym­nas­tics since age four.

Talk­ing to BW Mag­a­zine fresh from a 36-hour plane trip af­ter his three-day Ital­ian wed­ding to his real­ity star belle Anna Hein­rich and a week-long “mate-moon” with their clos­est fam­ily mem­bers and friends, Ro­bards says life is good right now.

The New­cas­tle chi­ro­prac­tor who put his heart on the line in front of the na­tion when he ap­peared on the first se­ries of The Bach­e­lor five years ago, says their mag­i­cal wed­ding was the “I told you so” mo­ment the pair’s de­trac­tors needed.

“No one had done it be­fore, so we could have come out of it as the laugh­ing stock of this new show,” Ro­bards says of their ap­pear­ance on The Bach­e­lor in 2013.

“We copped a lot of crit­i­cism for years, with peo­ple think­ing we were in it just for the fame.

“But we just got mar­ried, so ob­vi­ously we had the right in­ten­tions, we know we did.”

Ro­bards says The Bach­e­lor has changed a bit since his sea­son.

“Each year you have to up the ante, at the end of the day it is a TV show and it’s about rat­ings, so they have to cre­ate more drama and that comes down to the peo­ple they put on the show,” he says.

“Also, when you come out of that en­vi­ron­ment, there is the op­por­tu­nity for the com­mer­cial stuff and to cre­ate a pro­file, and I think a lot of peo­ple go into it purely with that out­come in mind now.

“I was lucky that for Anna and I, that was the last thing we were think­ing about.”

It may have been the last thing the love­birds were think­ing about but com­mer­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties have abounded for the cou­ple, who now live in Syd­ney’s east­ern sub­urbs. fter the show and with a back­ground as a sports chi­ro­prac­tor, Ro­bards de­vel­oped a fit­ness pro­gram called The Ro­bards Method, which of­fers train­ing and nu­tri­tion pro­grams for ev­ery fit­ness level. Be­tween them, the pair are am­bas­sadors for brands in­clud­ing Oral B, Pan­tene, Blis­tex, Aussie Bod­ies and skin­care lines Blessed by Na­ture and Hand­some. Anna, a crim­i­nal lawyer, also runs her pop­u­lar fash­ion and beauty web­site Love Al­ways Anna.

They have a com­bined In­sta­gram fol­low­ing of more than 500,000, mak­ing them one of Aus­tralia’s most loved cou­ples, and the first Bach­e­lor cou­ple to tie the knot. De­spite this, they re­fused to sell the rights to their wed­ding and hon­ey­moon, de­spite sev­eral lu­cra­tive TV and mag­a­zine of­fers. Ro­bards jokes, though, that he Anna Hein­rich and T im Ro­bards tie the knot in Italy and, abo ve, en­joy part of their mate-moon in T urkey. could have done with the help pay­ing for the luxe Ital­ian event.

“The hard­est bit was choos­ing where the wed­ding would be and when we de­cided on an over­seas lo­ca­tion we thought we’d just keep it small,” Ro­bards says of the cer­e­mony in Puglia. “Then when we put it out to friends and fam­ily, ev­ery­one said they wanted to come and we ended up with 110 peo­ple who all flew over from Aus­tralia. So we de­cided on a three-day wed­ding and a mate-moon along the Turk­ish coast on a boat.”

It’s clear 2018 is the cou­ple’s year, just as Ro­bards planned.

“I talk a lot about writ­ing down goals but this year I wanted to fi­nally do a vi­sion board,” Ro­bards says.

“About four years ago I bought the big piece of card­board and never did any­thing with it, so this year I pulled it out and put all this stuff on it.

“It’s up in my kitchen and I have things on it — from the wed­ding and lo­ca­tion, de­sign con­cepts for a house I want to buy, brands I want to work with, quotes that res­onate with me, dif­fer­ent places I want to travel to and ca­reer stuff which in­volves speak­ing and teach­ing.

“Look­ing back on it now, it’s like tick, tick, tick, on a lot of things. This year a lot of the stuff I wanted to achieve is fi­nally hap­pen­ing.”

One topic that may not have not made it to the vi­sion board but is front of mind is a baby.

Ro­bards is quick to say he would like to start a fam­ily as soon as pos­si­ble, laugh­ing that it’s his bi­o­log­i­cal clock that is ticking, rather than Anna’s.

“Kids are def­i­nitely the next step for us, I would prob­a­bly like them sooner than Anna be­cause I’m a lit­tle older than her,” he says of his 31-yearold bride.

“I look at my dad and I could go and play a game of squash with him when I was 20 and he was mid-40s. I’ll be 55 or even 60 when my kids are 20, so hope­fully I’ll be a fit older guy. But I want to make sure I can do with my kids what my dad did with me.”

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