Woman's Day

SAS' Ant Middleton on what he really thought

Woman's Day logo Woman's Day 22/11/2020 20:30:00 Woman's Day team
a man looking at the camera: Joining the army at the age of 17, Ant Middleton has witnessed his fair share of mental and physical battles. Still, for this elite British soldier, nothing compares to what he has seen during SAS Australia. © Provided by Are Media Pty LtdJoining the army at the age of 17, Ant Middleton has witnessed his fair share of mental and physical battles. Still, for this elite British soldier, nothing compares to what he has seen during SAS Australia.

Joining the army at the age of 17, Ant Middleton has witnessed his fair share of mental and physical battles.

Still, for this elite British soldier, nothing compares to what he has seen during SAS Australia.

"I would say that this series was the toughest yet, by far," Ant, 40, tells Woman's Day.

"But I have to say, I was incredibly impressed by the Aussie recruits. They demonstrated such resilience, grit and determination.

"James [Magnussen] had such a great poker face, so I never knew what he was thinking, Nick [Cummins] was so resilient and Merrick [Watts] had such a seriousness about him for a comedian. He was not there to be laughed at," Ant adds.

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And while the show's head soldier says he tries "not to take a person's gender into account", he was left in awe of the women.

"Out of all the series of SAS, the women in this one really impressed me," he says.

"Molly [Taylor] was the first woman I have seen master the commando rope crawl, Erin [McNaught] was laser-focused and Sabrina [Frederick] was just the full package in my eyes."

With the calibre of talent already raised high, Ant warns the wannabe recruits thinking of taking part next year to only do it if "your head is 100 per cent committed".

"This is not for weak people and if you do it for the wrong reasons, we will see through it and you won't go past the first three days," he promises.

Ant's report card

a man in a military uniform: Erin is determined as ever. © Provided by Are Media Pty LtdErin is determined as ever.

Erin McNaught, 38

STRENGTH: Determination

Weakness: Upper body strength

What she needs to do to win: She needs to make sure her head is in charge, then her body will follow.

a man holding a gun: James needs to dig deeper to stand out. © Provided by Are Media Pty LtdJames needs to dig deeper to stand out.

James Magnussen, 29

STRENGTH: Stature

Weakness: Expressing emotion

What he needs to do to win: He needs to find the passion and emotion deep inside to go beyond his capabilities.

a man riding skis down a snow covered slope: Merrick has been tested physically. © Provided by Are Media Pty LtdMerrick has been tested physically.

Merrick Watts, 47

STRENGTH: Focus

Weakness: Limited physical background

What he needs to do to win: As a comedian he doesn't have the fitness base of the others. He has to stay focused and keep pushing in order to win.

a person wearing a helmet: Molly is a strong silent competitor. © Provided by Are Media Pty LtdMolly is a strong silent competitor.

Molly Taylor, 32

STRENGTH: Quiet achiever

Weakness: The cold

What she needs to do to win: Step out from the pack - she has the strength but she needs to show it.

a man holding a fish: Nick has gone from strength to strength - literally. © Provided by Are Media Pty LtdNick has gone from strength to strength - literally.

Nick Cummins, 33

Strength: Brute force

Weakness: The cold and an injured leg

What he needs to do to win: He needs to ensure that his injuries don't get the better of him. He is also terrible in the cold.

a man and a woman sitting at a beach: Strong Sabrina is a fan favourite. © Provided by Are Media Pty LtdStrong Sabrina is a fan favourite.

Sabrina Frederick, 24

STRENGTH: Power

Weakness: Fatigue and an injured back.

What she needs to do to win: Stay focused and keep her eye on the prize.

a man that is standing in the snow: Shannan struggled in the cold challenges. © Provided by Are Media Pty LtdShannan struggled in the cold challenges.

Shannan Ponton, 46

STRENGTH: Maturity

Weakness: The cold

What he needs to do to win: He has very low body fat, so he needs to keep moving in order to combat the cold.

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