NOT A TRIP Y OU WANT TO HAVE
A PROMOTIONAL trip to Brisbane turned to disaster for Rachael Finch yesterday when her mother Colleen Zablocki fell heavily and was rushed to hospital.
Finch pulled out of a 5km fun run she was due to take part in as ambassador for The Westin Brisbane so she could visit her mother.
The Townsville-born model and entrepreneur had finished her photo shoot promoting the hotel’s wellbeing gondola (on the Wheel of Brisbane at South Bank) at about 9am when her mother tripped.
“It sucks big time when you’re watching your mum,” Finch said.
“They were waiting to come and see us and she just had a trip, tripped on something on the pavement.”
Zablocki suffered torn ligaments around her knee and had swelling.
With Finch living in Sydney, she has limited time with her mother who had also watched her at the Brisbane Myer Runway series last weekend.
“She was really looking forward to it. She wasn’t going to run. She was just going to meet everyone at the start and finish,” she said.
Finch has had a string of bad luck, spraining her foot during the Myer show in Sydney last month and catching a 72-hour virus earlier last week. “When it rains it pours,” she said. Last month, Finch opened up about her past unhealthy eating habits. “I got a really great response and I think girls really appreciated the honesty. As an influencer, I think it’s really important that we show our vulnerability,” she said. “It’s not like we are bulletproof. We are going through issues just like I went through today with my mum and that’s something I’m really passionate about, sharing the good and the bad.” The new gondola will this week feature a guided 12-minute session of yoga elements, including stretching, breathing and meditation led by Finch.
STILL SMILING: Yoga devotee Rachael Finch stretches out, and inset, her mum in hospital. Main picture: Sarah Keayes