Fancy yourself a hardened operator? Is grit and gumption what you’re all about? It might be time to hit up the Channel 7 reality show – SAS Australia – as applications officially open to the everyday punter for its upcoming third season.
The debut season aired last year featuring 17 domestic celebrities. At the conclusion, only three passed: Rugby Union’s Nick “Honey Badger” Cummins, AFL player Sabrina Fredrick, and media personality Merrick Watts. The other 14 famously cracked under pressure or succumbed to injuries.
SAS Australia season 2, on the other hand, is reportedly underway as we speak. Rumoured to feature an even higher profile line-up comprised of former Olympian Ian Thorpe, cricket legend Michael Clarke, and local kook Pete Evans, it’s expected to broadcast very soon.
The most important detail to note is this challenge demands both mental and physical fortitude. As DS Mark Billingham stated in an interview last year, each aspect is as important as the other.
“Get your mental state in order – if you can get comfortable with being uncomfortable, you’re three quarters of the way there,” says Billingham.
“You do have to have a good grounding of fitness in terms of being able to run and carry a bit of weight, but you don’t really have to be super fit.”
“As we state on the show, we’re not looking for the fittest, we’re looking for the person who gives 100% and who never gives up.”
SAS Australia applications require you to fulfil the following criteria:
- You must be over 18
- You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
- You must be at least 158cm (5.1”) tall and weigh at least 50kg (8 stone)
- You must not be currently serving in the armed forces
- You will be required to submit a one minute video describing why you want to do SAS Australia and why you should be chosen for SAS selection
Applicants who make the shortlist will also need to pass an initial fitness test. Those successful should keep their calendars free for filming in late 2021.