January 2006

Crikey, the hunter becomes the hunted

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Crikey, the hunter becomes the hunted

The Courier-Mail, Tuesday 17 January 2006

News source: The Courier-Mail, Tuesday 17 January 2006
By Nick Papps

CROCODILE Hunter Steve Irwin has been injured while training for crocodile wrestling.

Irwin was limping and sporting a knee brace on his left leg while performing in Los Angeles yesterday for Australia Week.

Irwin told the American crowd he'd like to say he injured himself while fighting white sharks, but the truth was he'd torn some knee ligaments while in wrestling training.

“I was training and I had my bodyguard on the ground, he had me in a leg lock and so I leant back to hit him and I twisted one way and as he put the leg lock on and twisted the other way – he pulled it straight out… it really hurt,” Irwin said.

Irwin said he wrestled every day to keep fit for his work with crocodiles and the other animals he came across in his wildlife series.

He told yesterday's audience at Los Angeles UCLA university that his seven-year-old daughter Bindi was following him into world wildlife television after signing to host a regular Discovery Kids show on Australian animals.

Australia Week showcases Australian industry in the US and relies heavily on celebrities to promote their home country. This year's gala dinner featured the reunion of Grease stars Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta.