Name: Rhys Howden
Occupation/job title: Tropical indoor plant hire franchisee / Water Polo athlete
How would your mum describe you in three words?
Humble, appreciative and kind hearted.
What’s the first thing you notice in a woman?
Her confidence, eyes and smile.
Has being an Olympian helped you in the dating game?
I would like to say yes, but, no it actually hasn't.
Do you drop it into conversation when chatting up the opposite sex?
I prefer not to as I’d rather them get to know me for me, not for something I have achieved – they can find that out later. However, I would be lying if I said I’ve never dropped it and my friends seem to drop it for me all the time.
What’s the worst/best pick-up line you’ve ever used?
I stay away from cheesy lines, usually just a "Hey how’s your night? You have a great smile… or nice eyes” that sometimes works.
Your ultimate celeb crush?
Blake Lively or Meghan Markle.
Any hidden talents?
No matter how much I eat and drink I can't put on weight.
Can you cook? If so, what’s your signature dish?
Not much of a cook but I do an all right Spag bowl and my dad’s famous marinated BBQ chicken.
Your worst habit?
Always having my shirt off.
What’s your most treasured possession?
What’s the most important quality a partner needs to have?
They need to be family orientated.
Any horror-dating stories?
I don’t go on enough dates to have a horror story. I'm keen to find one though (laughs).
What’s the worst thing a girl could do on a first date?
Be on her phone.
Do you have a ‘type’?
I was always keen on tall, blonde, tanned, blue eyes but every relationship I’ve had has been the total opposite – all brunettes. So I’m not sure I have a type but I’m attracted to a girl’s personality.
What’s on your bucket list?
I really want to go on safari in Africa and surf the pipeline in Hawaii.
What’s been your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement would be making two Olympic games, Beijing (2008) and London (2012). Also, having the honour of being named as current captain for the Australian sharks team and leading them into Rio (2016).
What do you like to do on your day off?
Relax somewhere, go to the beach and hang out with friends and family.
The best advice you’ve ever been given?
Don't die wondering.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I'm pretty easy going and take things as they come because you just don't know what is going to happen. But I would like to own a house and have a partner to share it with.
The last book you read?
Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich.
Spot for a knock-off drink?
Place for a first date?
Ice-cream up Mt Coot-tha, Putt Putt at Vic Park or Yalata drive-in cinema.
Moose & Gibson, Woolloongabba
Place for a Saturday night boogie?
A&C, Limes or Capulet.