An emotional Nick Cummins talks about his terminally ill father Mark on SAS Australia

‘I want to try and prove to him that I’m deserving of his love’: An emotional Nick Cummins talks about his terminally ill father Mark and their rocky relationship on SAS Australia

Nick Cummins spoke about his relationship with his terminally ill father during a raw confessional on Monday’s episode of SAS Australia.

Sitting in front of his fellow recruits, the 33-year-old former rugby union player revealed his rocky relationship with his dad, Mark.

Nick revealed that when he was 13, he was ‘going through a pretty tough time at school’ and refused his dad’s help.

Emotional: Nick Cummins spoke about his relationship with his terminally ill father during a raw confessional on Monday’s episode of SAS Australia

‘Gangs and stuff, death threats, all that sort of thing. I was trying to handle it and my old man tried to help me, and I was in a dark space and I told him to eff off,’ he said.

Nick explained that his uncle had been murdered, and he wanted to protect his father from anything similar happening.

‘I didn’t want him to go through that, but I added so much more pain onto him when I told him that,’ he acknowledged. 

Ups and downs: Sitting in front of his fellow recruits, the 33-year-old former rugby union player revealed his rocky relationship with his dad, Mark. Pictured together

Ups and downs: Sitting in front of his fellow recruits, the 33-year-old former rugby union player revealed his rocky relationship with his dad, Mark. Pictured together

‘And he didn’t flog me, which made it even worse. Because I was always reliant that that was the thing, the even thing.

‘And now he’s got terminal cancer, and I think that situation has driven me through my career to work harder, to try and prove to him that I’m deserving of his love, and I want to try and make that happen before it’s too late.’

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