It was one of the proudest moments of Carrie Bickmore’s career, collecting her Order of Australia medal this week for her service to broadcast media and raising awareness of brain cancer.
But just moments after she walked out of Government House in Melbourne on Tuesday, The Project host looked down and realised she’d lost the coveted gold medal.
”What a special day. Met some incredible Australians while waiting to receive my award. Feel so honoured,” Carrie said in an Instagram post about the day.
“Will try and forget the 30 mins where I lost my new medal.”
She went on to explain that she went for a coffee with her family after the ceremony and that’s when she discovered her medal had fallen off.
“Then in a panic had to look under chairs, cars, along gutters until I drove back to Government House.”
But it seems that luck was on her side, as a ‘lovely lady’ ran up to her when she arrived saying they had found her medal in the car park.
“The pin must have come undone. Never been so relieved....this one is going straight to the poolroom,” the TV star said.
Carrie’s award comes just weeks after she revealed the moment she thought her career was over before it had even taken off.
“I still remember our first episode — it was terrible,” Carrie revealed in her most recent Logie’s acceptance speech.
“[Dave] Hughesy remarked at the end of it that was his career done. I remember thinking, s**t, if that is what Hughesy is saying I have no hope.”
Ahead of the show’s tenth anniversary celebrations this Friday, the mother-of-three told news.com.au about how she’s reflecting on the mammoth milestone.
“Oh, mate. I’m not game enough to watch it back,” she said.
“I wasn’t even convinced that our hosts knew what it was when we went to air.
“I don’t think it was great. I think all of us were happy to get to night two and surprised we were given another night. To be here 10 years later is really cool.”
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