It’s episode three of SAS Australia 2023 and during the first task of the day, the 10 remaining recruits confronted their fear of heights to rappel 50 metres from an abandoned tower before infiltrating a window to complete a rescue.
Anthony Mundine’s lacklustre display left the DS unimpressed. They then called him in for a grillin’, and in that hot seat, Mundine unleashed his disappointment over not making the cut for the Kangaroos squad and the system that tried to silence his outspoken views.
“I was an NRL player and NRL is a brutal sport. I debuted in 1993 when I was 18 years old. I was only a skinny kid. And I was carvin’ up, but I felt like I wasn’t getting the accolades. If I was a white fella …”
When asked by DS Ant Middleton if he believed his non-selection came down to race, he said:
“One hundred per cent! 1999 was one of my best years. At the end of that year, they were taking a tour to England. Don’t know if it was the World Cup. But they were taking 42 men to go on this tour. I was the best player in the league. No doubt.
“The Australian coach said I didn’t get picked because of my ‘off-field characteristics’. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, never took drugs in my life. But I’m very outspoken. They just wanted to show me they were in power. You do what we say and then you’ll see some fruits.
“They didn’t pick me and that crushed me. Devastated me. Ripped my heart out, basically. I was playing from a young age. I should have been picked. You ask any of my peers who played in 1999. Should I get picked? One hundred per cent of them would say yes.’’
The second task and Stephanie Rice’s interrogation
In the second task of the day, the recruits went through live grenade training, infiltrating a building under heavy fire.
Stephanie’s not-so-graceful dive into the sand left her shoulder dislocated. Luckily, a quick visit to the on-course medic resulted in a shoulder pop and a trip to the hospital for some X-rays.
After receiving a clean bill of health and vowing to get back on track, Stephanie revealed the disappointment of the 2012 London Olympics, admitting her current sense of loneliness and lack of purpose in life.
“When I think about failure. I think about the London Olympics. Everything went wrong, I got injured. I tore the tendon in my shoulder eight months before the London Olympics. I didn’t have time to repair it. I just trained on it torn for eight months. I was disappointed things didn’t align the way I knew they could have,” she said.
“I really struggled. I felt really lost after I finished swimming. I didn’t feel like I had any purpose or any direction. And I didn’t feel like anybody understood.”
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