Brooke Blurton — the frontrunner to claim the heart of rugby union star Nick “Honey Badger” Cummins on Network Ten’s The Bachelor Australia— said she’s “massively proud” of her Noongar-Yamatji heritage and “wouldn’t change it for the world”.

Blurton, 23 from Perth, became the first Indigenous woman to take part in the show when she lined up this season with 24 other beautiful contestants from around Australia to vie for Cummin’s heart and attention.

“I have other nationalities which are a part of me as well,” Blurton told NIT. “My dad is English and my mum, as much as she’s Aboriginal, she’s also Malaysian, but I’m so proud to be Aboriginal.”

“It makes me who I am and makes me more grounded, every time I find out a little bit more about my family and myself.”

As The Bachelor enters its second week, Blurton has emerged as an early favourite with Cummins, the down-to-earth Aussie larrikin who last week gave her the coveted key to his bachelor mansion.

Promotions for this week, show Blurton using the key for much sought after date time with Cummins.

The pair seemed to hit it off at their first meeting in episode one last week, when Blurton turned up to meet Cummins with a football and a rugby ball — she plays both.

Even though Blurton said she didn’t know who Cummins was, the Honey Badger magic seems to have rubbed off on the youth worker and union player. Her Nedlands Rugby Union team is this weekend playing in its local grand final.

Like Cummins, Blurton plays wing.

Asked if Cummins had given her any tips ahead of the big match, Cummins coyly said, “You’ll have to wait and see how our date goes.”

Blurton said she had to decide when to use the key.

“I held onto it as much as I could, but I think with the girls getting a date and developing a connection with Nick, I thought rather sooner than later,” she said. “Let’s do it.”

A former Miss NAIDOC WA contestant who spent some of her childhood in Carnarvon 890kms north of Perth, Blurton said she went into the show determined to be true to herself and her roots.

Her difficult childhood — her mother committed suicide when she was aged 11 and she lost her grandmother to cancer about the same time — has been reported in the publicity surrounding the show.

“It’s all out in the papers what I experienced when I was younger,” she said. “It might have been a negative background, but it’s not a negative in my life now. It’s made me who I am today and what I do.”

“If young people watch it, teaching that you can go through the worst things in life but you can overcome it and become a better person and a role model.”

Blurton said being a good role model for her family and her brothers is important to her.

“I try really hard to be a good person and give back,” she said. “Whether that be youth work or going to events and supporting Aboriginal culture.”

“I try to be a good role model for my family and brothers and break the cycle we essentially had growing up in Carnarvon. Along the way, I hope to inspire other young people. It’s very humbling and very nice to know that young people look up to me.”

And as for Cummins, Blurton said they had an instant connection.

“I never really connected with anyone like the way I did with Nick, which was a surprise for me, considering I don’t let a lot of people in and I also don’t open myself up. But in this situation, you generally have to,” she said.

“It was nice to know I felt comfortable with Nick and he felt comfortable to reciprocate that.”

The Bachelor Australia airs on Network 10 tonight (Wednesday) and tomorrow at 7.30pm.

By Wendy Caccetta