Taking love by the horns: the cowboy heading for your TV
A BULL riding accident put everything into perspective for Sean Hollands.
The Maryborough cowboy is determined to live life without regret, a motto he's taking into Channel 9's reality dating series Married at First Sight.
The 35-year-old, who has two children with his ex-wife, will be one of 20 singles lining up at the altar to marry a total stranger in an eight-week social experiment.
"I'd only ever seen one episode, but I asked a few people about it and thought I'd give it a crack,” he told Rural Weekly.
"I thought the experts would be able to find me a really good match.
"I had no idea what was expected of me for the show, I was just really looking to find love.”
After finishing runner up in the Queensland Rodeo Association in 2004, Sean was seriously injured in a bull riding accident the following year.
"I was at a rodeo up near Agnes Water, I came out of the gate and I don't remember anything after that,” he said.
"My mate told me the bull threw me into the fence and from the moment that happened I must have been in a daze.
"I just remember waking up with the ambo there. I had two fractured ribs, a punctured lung and internal bleeding.
"I was in hospital for nine days and on oxygen for five days. I didn't think I was going to make it through it.
"It was pretty scary.”
He returned to work as a mining technician months later, but it took Sean another six years to get back on a bull.
"I finally jumped on another one to get over my fear and there's been no stopping me since then,” he said.
"Before that I thought 'I wish I had done this or that', but now if I want to do something then I work my way towards it.
"I live life with no regrets.
"When I applied for this experiment people said a few things, but when I explained it to them they understood.”
Sean hopes to meet a woman who shares his love of horse riding - he owns nine horses - as well as the outdoors and rural living.
"I knew it was going to take someone special who's got a love for those things,” he said.
"And someone who knows the mining industry who could understand me being away for a week at a time.”
Married at First Sight premieres next Monday, January 30 on Channel 9.