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SAS Australia 2023 Recap Episode 7: Zima Anderson injured after horrific fall

Plus, Matthew Mitcham's shocking and "shameful" admission

It’s episode seven of SAS Australia 2023 and only seven recruits remain.

In a task designed to test their ability to absorb pressure, the recruits infiltrated a military port to secure sensitive information before radioing a memorized extraction code for a water rescue.

During the challenge — and after radioing the correct extraction code — Zima Anderson fell awkwardly from the tower when preparing to jump into the water.

Given the serious nature of the accident, the challenge came to a halt as the DS and medical teams raced to her aid. She was then taken to hospital, sustaining a small fracture to her right elbow and wrist and was medically withdrawn from the course.

Zima Anderson. Seven

The second task

In a daring challenge mimicking open ocean survival, the DS refused to let up, putting pressure on the remaining six recruits. With hearts pounding and determination fueling their every move, they clung together, treading water to stay afloat.

The water seemed to have a firm grip on AFL commentator Abbey Holmes, who panicked and called it quits on the task.

“I just freak out with water. I felt ok at the start but then just went to s**t,” she explained through tears.

Abbey Holmes. Seven

“Setting fire to shame”

Later, the recruits revealed all in ‘setting fire to shame’, a pressure test of emotion designed to expel trauma and shame.

Actor Craig McLachlan detailed the impact of the charges laid against him for his role in the Rocky Horror stage show.

“The embarrassment and shame I felt was crippling,” he said. “And without realising it, I’ve been hating everything and resenting everything. I’ve been angry at everything. I’m done with hate for hate’s sake. I have, over time, learned to breathe again to move on.”

Setting fire to shame exercise. Seven

Meanwhile, Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham revealed his own personal shame, shocking the DS with his brutal honesty.

“I’ve been a really selfish person in relationships,” he said. “And I feel so ashamed for the immense hurt that I caused someone for 11 years, who stayed with me throughout my entire addiction.

“And despite being seven years clean and sober and it being one of his absolute deal breakers, I still struggle to be completely honest with my husband.”

He added: “I haven’t been the best husband. I’ve definitely caused a lot of pain and I still have a lot of shame for the lies and deception in my relationship.”

Matthew Mitcham and Jamie “Jay” Morton. Seven

Want more recaps? Check out our SAS Australia 2023 recaps below!

Episode 1 / Episode 2 / Episode 3 / Episode 4 / Episode 5 / Episode 6

SAS Australia 2023 continues on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 7.30 pm on 7 and 7Plus.

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