AS a young girl growing up in North Queensland Rachael Finch was determined to have a successful career on the track one day.
The former Miss Universe Australia and Channel Seven racing reporter has done just that – she’ll be a major part of the network’s coverage of the $10 million TAB Everest next week – but it’s not exactly the track she had her mind set on.
“My original goal when I was 14 was to compete at the Olympics as a long jumper,” she said. “Mum says she can remember me running down the athletics track with nappies on which tells me I got into it pretty young.”
But a chance encounter with a stranger handing out leaflets for a modelling competition the following year changed Finch’s life dramatically and her athletic dreams were shelved as she found herself walking the world’s catwalks.
The Myer ambassador has now settled down in Sydney with husband Daniel Miziner and her two kids – Violet, 4, and Dominic, who was born in March.
Finch says Miziner, who she met when the pair was teamed up on Dancing with the Stars in 2010, is a “very, very hands-on husband” who has made her return to work so much easier.
“I always say if he had boobs he’d be breastfeeding as well – honestly, he’s really good and I’m very lucky to have that support,” she said.
With a huge season of racing just getting started, Finch is excited about the style she’s expecting to see trackside this year.
“There will be a lot of lace, lots of beautiful colours. It’s just going to be really beautiful bold brights, like lipstick reds, canary yellows, tangerine orange and the clashing of these colours,” she said.
“But my favourite way of dressing is that bohemian, relaxed, Byron Bay-esque look – just chilled, floaty, a lot of ruffles.”