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AFL star Nick Riewoldt reveals his pride at winning Celebrity MasterChef

AFL star Nick Riewoldt shares his pride at winning Celebrity MasterChef in the name of his sister Maddie who died of cancer at age 26


Nick Riewoldt won Celebrity MasterChef during Monday’s grand finale. 

And the former AFL star has revealed how proud he is of the achievement, after raising $100,000 for his chosen charity, Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision.

The 39-year-old lost his sister Madeleine Riewoldt to cancer in 2015, when she was just 26 years old, and competed on MasterChef to raise funds for the charity he founded in her name. 

Pride: Nick Riewoldt (pictured) won Celebrity MasterChef Australia during Monday’s grand finale. And the former AFL star has revealed how proud he is of the achievement, after raising $100,000 for his chosen charity, Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision

‘It’s right up there with one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I draw the parallel with Maddie’s Vision and the achievement part of it. I’m proud that I did that,’ he told The Herald Sun on Monday. 

Nick said he was also pleased to shed his ‘hard’ football persona and show off a fun side of himself. 

‘It was a completely different opportunity in terms of people being able to see you in a different light and a different context,’ he added.   

Loss: The 39-year-old lost his sister Madeleine Riewoldt (right) to cancer in 2015, when she was just 26 years old, and competed on MasterChef to raise funds for the charity he founded in her name

 Loss: The 39-year-old lost his sister Madeleine Riewoldt (right) to cancer in 2015, when she was just 26 years old, and competed on MasterChef to raise funds for the charity he founded in her name

'It's right up there with one of the best experiences I've ever had. I draw the parallel with Maddie's Vision and the achievement part of it. I'm proud that I did that,' he told The Herald Sun on Monday

‘It’s right up there with one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I draw the parallel with Maddie’s Vision and the achievement part of it. I’m proud that I did that,’ he told The Herald Sun on Monday

Nick had earlier revealed that his sister was a MasterChef fan and inspired his signing up for the cooking competition. 

‘Maddie was a really big fan of MasterChef,’ the former St Kilda captain told The Herald Sun on Saturday. 

‘She was a proper foodie and experimenter in the kitchen. She would have absolutely dined out on the fact I’m on MasterChef and she would be rapt with the fact that I’m competing in her name,’ he added. 

Change: Nick said he was also pleased to shed his 'hard' football persona and show off a fun side of himself. 'It was a completely different opportunity in terms of people being able to see you in a different light and a different context,' he added

Change: Nick said he was also pleased to shed his ‘hard’ football persona and show off a fun side of himself. ‘It was a completely different opportunity in terms of people being able to see you in a different light and a different context,’ he added

Winner: During Monday's thrilling finale episode, show's three finalists - Collette Dinnigan, Nick and Tilly Ramsay - were tasked with recreating chef Martin Benn's incredible 'Metropolis' dessert.  Pictured with Tilly Ramsay (left) and Collette Dinnigan (right)

Winner: During Monday’s thrilling finale episode, show’s three finalists – Collette Dinnigan, Nick and Tilly Ramsay – were tasked with recreating chef Martin Benn’s incredible ‘Metropolis’ dessert.  Pictured with Tilly Ramsay (left) and Collette Dinnigan (right)

During Monday’s thrilling finale episode, show’s three finalists – Collette Dinnigan, Nick and Tilly Ramsay – were tasked with recreating chef Martin Benn’s incredible ‘Metropolis’ dessert. 

The former Australian rules footballer grew emotional after landing a winning score of 38 out of 40.

‘It’s amazing. I’m overwhelmed. I really am. It’s been one of the best things I’ve done, one of the best experiences I’ve had,’ he said after his win. 

'It's amazing. I'm overwhelmed. I really am. It's been one of the best things I've done, one of the best experiences I've had,' he said after his win

‘It’s amazing. I’m overwhelmed. I really am. It’s been one of the best things I’ve done, one of the best experiences I’ve had,’ he said after his win

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