SAS Australia names first star recruits

Seven has announced the first five celebrities who will take on one of the toughest tests of their lives in SAS Australia.

Former Bali inmate Schapelle Corby, comedian Merrick Watts, retired ironwoman Candice Warner, rugby star Nick Cummins and PR queen Roxy Jacenko will endure an extraordinary series of physical and psychological tests from the real SAS selection process.

These star recruits, plus more to be announced including a leading actor, a gold medallist, a model and one of Australia’s best sportsmen, will be cut off from the outside world at a secret base in spectacular terrain where they will eat, sleep and train together in punishing conditions, with no allowances or exceptions made for their celebrity status or gender.

As they’re subjected to extreme physical endurance, sleep deprivation, interrogation and psychological testing, these men and women will be pushed beyond their limits.

Some will reach breaking point and withdraw. Who will have the mental strength to tough it out to the end?

Putting the celebrity recruits through the gruelling SAS course is an elite team of ex-Special Forces soldiers – Chief Instructor Ant Middleton and his Directing Staff (DS) Jason “Foxy” FoxOllie Ollerton and Mark “Billy” Billingham from the hit UK version of the series.

Seven’s Director of Programming Angus Ross said: “We have an absolutely killer celebrity cast who are all in for a shock. SAS Australia is no game – it is the toughest test. The course is brutal, and it doesn’t matter who you are or what you do there is no special treatment which makes for utterly engrossing television.

Chief Instructor Ant Middleton said: “There is no set mould for passing SAS selection. You need courage, determination, that never give up attitude but ultimately the strength of mind to carry on, even when faced with your demons and biggest fears.”

SAS Australia will premiere on Channel 7 in October.