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Golden girl fights for redemption

Twelve new celebrity recruits will attempt to pass selection on SAS Australia’s gruelling Middle Eastern desert course when the hit series returns to Channel 7 and 7plus in October. 

Taking on the epic course is Olympic Champion Stephanie Rice, who says she wants to be the “best,” adding there’s no way she would go out without a “big strong fight.” 

Rice is no stranger to challenges, having endured a Twitter scandal in 2010 that changed her life overnight. 

“Winning three gold medals at the Beijing Olympics was the best thing that ever happened to me,” she says. “I was the golden girl of swimming; I could do no wrong. Overnight, that completely shifted. That tweet in 2010 definitely changed my life.”

For the first time on SAS Australia, the new celebrity recruits will travel offshore to a secret base in the Middle East where they will eat, sleep and train together in punishingly hot and arid conditions, with no allowances or exceptions made for their celebrity status or gender. 

The star recruits set to take on SAS Australia in 2023 are: 

Abbey Holmes, 32 – AFL Field Commentator

Anthony Mundine, 47 – World Champion Boxer

Boyd Cordner, 30 – Retired NRL Star

Cassie Sainsbury, 28 – Convicted Drug Smuggler 

Dr Craig Challen, 57 – Thai Cave Rescue Hero

Craig McLachlan, 57 – Actor

Jason Akermanis, 46 – AFL Hall of Famer

Lindy Klim, 45 – Balinese Princess

Mahalia Murphy, 29 – International Rugby Star

Matthew Mitcham, 35 – Olympic Gold Diver 

Peter Bol, 29 – Olympic Runner

Stephanie Rice, 34 – Olympic Champion 

Tim Robards, 40 – OG Bachelor

Zima Anderson, 25 – Actor


SAS Australia - returning to Channel 7 and 7plus in October 2023


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