My Australian Life: Candice Warner

My Australian Life: Candice Warner

If there was a Logie awarded for one of the nicest, most down to earth media personalities, reality show super hero, Candice Warner would be a strong contender.

The mother of three daughters, Ivy Mae, Indi Rae and Isla Rose and wife of cricketing legend, David Warner, showed us what she was made of as the woman of steel on the premiere season of SAS Australia.

Warner is due to return to our screens soon when she joins  Network Seven’s Studio Commentary team for the Tokyo Games. She’s commentating the men and women’s triathlon and open water 10km marathon. It’s yet another triumph  for the 36 year old who first dazzled us when she competed in the Ironman series at the tender age of 14.

I grew up in the seaside suburb of Maroubra in Sydney but I have Maltese citizenship.

I was born here and my father, Michael was born here but both of his parents are from Malta. My father was able to get his citizenship and we were too including my daughters. I’ve been there a few times.

Sport is my first love, so I’m excited about commentating the Tokyo Olympics.

I did a trial with Seven Sport a month ago and they really liked what I did. I was never able to compete at an Olympics myself, so this is something that’s very special. 

I’ll be working out of Seven’s Studios in Melbourne which makes it easy for me

I’ll just fly to Melbourne  for the days that I’m working and fly back. With David away on tour, it makes it a lot easier to juggle everything with my kids.

Appearing on SAS Australia was beyond gruelling

I’m almost lost for words when I speak about it because it was so tough. It was relentlessly cold, a test of mental strength and resilience but I loved it. It’s just been the thing that’s resonated with me and suited me more than any other reality show.

I learned so much from being on the show

 When you’re on set, you’re living in the DS’s  world, so you have to show them respect. It’s not a game for them. They’re not actors. They’re ex-military so there’s no chatting, you just do what you’ve been told. I was in my own element. It was literally just being myself on the course and giving it a good crack. And allowing myself to be vulnerable.

My daughters were shocked by what they saw.

They always see dad, David as the one who achieves everything. But they had never seen what I can do when my back is up against the wall, so they were really proud of me. They had a few laughs and thought I was a chicken at one stage. But for them it was really lovely.

Mother’s Day each year is pretty low key.

We’ll go out and have nice breakfast somewhere, then go to the park and visit my mum, Kerry  in the afternoon. For us it’s all about spending time together with the extended family and enjoying everyone’s company.

Mum lives just down the road from us in Maroubra.

Mum and I just started golf lessons together and that’s something that we do once a week for a few hours and we actually love the time that we spend together and it’s quality time. I like visiting with both of my parents. It’s what family is all about.

ABOUT THE WRITER Ros Reines is a Sydney journalist and the author of four books.

She is currently penning her fifth - a memoir of a life in the media.

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