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‘I’m doing this to reclaim my power’

ERIN HOLLAND

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For most newlyweds, the days immediatel­y after the ceremony are spent on honeymoon. Not so for TV presenter, singer and former Miss World Australia Erin Holland. Just days after she married internatio­nal cricketer Ben Cutting, her husband travelled overseas to play and she threw herself into training for SAS Australia.

“I thought I was fit because I’ve trekked Kokoda in the Himalayas and done Tough Mudder [obstacle runs], but this was something else.”

Holland, 32, adds that when she told her family she was taking part in an upcoming reality show, her mum assumed it would be something like Dancing with the Stars. “I think they were pretty shocked when I said I was doing this show. It’s brutal!”

In addition to wanting to physically and mentally challenge herself, Holland adds that a home burglary last year (which she elaborates on in the show) meant she wanted to “reclaim her power” after being left shocked by the incident. “It was a tough time but SAS gave me the chance to build myself back up again,” she explains.

At just 57kg, Holland says carrying an 18kg pack around all day was hard but she learned her “body is more capable than I ever gave it credit for”. And she’d sign on to another season in a heartbeat. “It’s given me so much strength,” she says.

 ??  ?? “I got married in February, then days later was thrashing myself in training for the show,” says Holland.
“I got married in February, then days later was thrashing myself in training for the show,” says Holland.
 ??  ?? “I’m not the best athlete and I struggled, but I had to be OK with that,” she says.
“I’m not the best athlete and I struggled, but I had to be OK with that,” she says.

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