NOT A TRIP Y OU WANT TO HAVE

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - CONFIDENTIAL -

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

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