The Bachelor season three star Sam Wood.
The Bachelor season three star Sam Wood. Channel 10

Meet Australia's new 'fit' Bachelor: Sam Wood

MEET Australia's new Bachelor Sam Wood.

The native Tasmanian runs his own Melbourne-based children's health and fitness company, which has 35 locations across the country.

The 34-year-old follows on from last year's dramatic season of the reality dating show, when Blake Garvey proposed to finalist Sam Frost.

The couple split up before the grand final proposal aired and Garvey is now dating second runner-up Louise Pillidge.

Starting his career as a fitness trainer, Wood began working with junior athletes while he completed his Bachelor of Applied Science.

Passionate about the positive effects of an active lifestyle on children, Wood was inspired to found his company Gecko Sports.

Eight years on, Gecko Sports now reaches thousands of children each week via after-school programs, parties and excursions.

"Being the Bachelor is a real privilege and a once in a lifetime opportunity. I plan on embracing the experience with an open mind, while wearing my heart on my sleeve," he said in a statement released by Channel 10.

"I hope to find a woman with whom I share a sense of fun, an undeniable chemistry and a mutual respect. Ultimately I'm searching for the love of my life. I'm going to throw myself into the adventure and I'm prepared to have the absolute time of my life."

The third season of The Bachelor is "coming soon" to Channel 10.

The network is yet to announce who will star as Australia's first Bachelorette.

Melbourne fashion designer and The Bachelor season two contestant Laurina Fleure is the current favourite to star in the spin-off show, according to SportsBet.

Speaking to APN on the red carpet of Thursday's ASTRA Awards, The Bachelor host Osher Gunsberg remained tight-lipped on Fleure's chances.

"I'd say any of the wonderful women we've had on The Bachelor would make exceptional bachelorettes," he said.

"There are many countries in the world I've visited and a few countries I've lived in (but in) no other country can you gamble on the prospective outcome of an as-yet unaired reality television show and if that doesn't make you proud to be Australian then I don't know what does."

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