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Mat reveals highs and lows

Saturday, 25th July, 2020

Broken Hill electrician Mat Garrick. Broken Hill electrician Mat Garrick.

By Emily Ferguson

Mat Garrick, Broken Hill’s Big Brother star, said the experience was a crazy ride and one of the best things he had ever done.

Mat made it all the way to the top four, he made some great friends along the way and certainly made Broken Hill proud, as he hoped he would. 

Mat was “stoked” to have made it as far as the top four, considering he never expected to “get a gig on the show” to start with.

“I never expected to get so far into the game especially since I think about day two there was already a big target on Daniel and myself’s back because we were known as the two big boys in the house,” Mat told the Barrier Truth.

“The fact that we made it all the way through and both got to the top four was unreal I reckon,” he said. 

Mat said Dan was definitely the person he was closest to from the experience.

“There’s no surprises there I think because we had so much common ground and are both the stereotypical sports/footy heads but also just don’t take life too seriously and didn’t mind taking the piss out of ourselves and each other, which really helped,” he said.

“Super proud of big Daniel for getting into the top three.

“Obviously would have loved for him to get the win but that doesn’t matter.

“And also Sophie, she played an unreal game and really deserved her spot there.

“Chad played an amazing game and had a really cool story so congratulations to him for getting the win.” 

Mat is also super close with Casey and Xavier.

“I speak to them most days and Ian and Shane as well,” Mat said.

“I hated the way it played out that it looked like Shane and I hated each other because he was one of my best mates I made out of it.”

His highlight of the whole experience was making those close friendships.

“I’ll have them in my life forever now so that was the best bit.” 

As far as the game itself, Mat loved the feeling of walking into the basement or a nomination challenge and not knowing what was going to be on the other side of the door.

“I had this nervous/excited feeling that will never be replicated again I don’t think.”

Mat said in a game sense the worst bit was having to vote people off but also listening to Kieran hum 24/7.

“I don’t know how he had the energy to do it so often,” he said. 

Online trolls were a low point in the experience for Mat since the show went to air but he said he learnt to switch off the outside noise and kill them with kindness.

“It’s been a bit much at times but that’s all good, it says more about them than it says about me.

“To start with I was reading a lot of the stuff on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and I was looking at the Big Brother pages; that was pretty stupid to be honest but I just turned off from them and I tried to kill them with kindness and take the mickey out of them a bit,” said Mat.

“There were so many that would go to the trouble of sending an inbox and I’d say like ‘Thanks so much for your message I hope it makes you feel better’ and straight away they come back saying ‘I’m so sorry I didn’t mean it I really like you’ and it’s like why send the message then.”

Something that wasn’t aired which Mat wishes had been, was that Chad approached Mat and Dan to make a deal for them to go to the top three together.

“That was why it played out the way that we got rid of Sophie, but none of that got shown because it would have ruined the love story.

“So that was the day that Casey went home, after that challenge when there was still seven people in it,” said Mat.

“Interesting that it didn’t make it to air but I can see why it didn’t because they were playing the love story, but that was the only thing I was kind of disappointed with because it made Dan and I look like not nice people.”

The Big Brother experience allowed Mat to learnt a lot from his housemates.

“Just about the way they approach life and their views on the world and just how they attack life, so I took a lot of learning from them and their great personalities more so than learning about myself.”

Mat is grateful for the support of everyone in Broken Hill along his Big Brother journey.

“Everyone from Broken Hill, my family and friends have been so supportive and I want to thank them all from the bottom of my heart,” he said.

“It’s been a crazy ride but mixed in amongst the hate that we’ve copped, it’s been overwhelmingly supportive mainly from people at home.

“So, opening those up after a show when I was down and copping a bit, it just really turned my frown upside down so thank you to everybody and I hope I did make you proud, if not I’ll try again next time,” he said. 

Mat has been asked by a lot of people if they should apply for the next series and his advice is to just do it.

“The biggest tip I can give you is to have fun with your application and be yourself because if not, the casting teams will see straight through it. 

But definitely do it because it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.”

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