Coffs Harbour local Sally-Anne Ikin is set to star in New Idea's 'Tradie Wants a Lady' campaign.
Coffs Harbour local Sally-Anne Ikin is set to star in New Idea's 'Tradie Wants a Lady' campaign.

Mum hoping love will win

FINDING love in the pages of a magazine sounds like something out of a romance novel but for one Coffs Harbour woman, it may very well be the love story to end all love stories.

Coffs Harbour’s Sally-Anne Ikin is about to try her luck in the dating game the new-age way – by starring in a national dating competition.

New Idea magazine recently launched its Tradie Wants A Lady campaign, scouring the nation to find Australia’s 10 most eligible tradie bachelors and invited single women from across the country to date them.

Following an overwhelming response, the tradies sifted through thousands of entries from women looking for the man of their dreams. New Idea paired each tradie with two eligible ladies – and Ms Ikin made the cut.

She and another woman will be dating active outdoorsman Geoff Youngs in their bid to find true love.

“I felt an instant connection with Geoff,” Ms Ikin said.

“I felt he was very genuine.”

A clerical assistant at a pathology lab, the 52-year-old mum of two teenagers has been unlucky in love but hopes that might change when she and Geoff meet.

She said her ideal date with Geoff would be “dinner somewhere near water – it creates a tranquil atmosphere to get to know someone”.

She should be feeling confident given Mr Youngs’ praise.

“She is a very confident person and also has self pride,” he said.

“Friendship and honesty are important to her – and it doesn’t hurt she’s attractive.”

The tradies and their ladies will meet for the first time on Friday at Mantra on Salt Beach, Kingscliff.



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