AFL: Gary Rohan’s girlfriend Madi Bennett plays stepmum to his two daughters


Gary Rohan is settling into family life with new girlfriend Madi Bennett – the former Geelong Cats physio he famously hooked up with in the AFL hub after splitting from his wife. 

The 30-year-old star forward enjoyed a park date with Madi in Geelong, Victoria, on Monday in their first public sighting together away from the footy field.

They were accompanied by Gary’s two young daughters, Bella, three, and Sadie, 15 months, who he shares with ex-wife Amie Rohan.

The Rohans suffered unimaginable grief in 2018 when Willow, Bella’s twin, died five hours after birth due to a defect causing babies to be born without parts of the brain. 

They pair split last year when Gary travelled with his Geelong teammates to Queensland to be in the AFL hub – while Amie stayed in Victoria with their kids. 

Going public: Geelong Cats star Gary Rohan is settling into family life with his new girlfriend Madi Bennett. He enjoyed a park date with Madi in Geelong on Monday, in their first public sighting together away from the footy field 

On Monday, Gary and Madi played with the kids at a children’s playground. 

A smiling Madi sat on a swing with Sadie on her lap as Bella sat alongside her.

Looking every inch the doting stepmother, Madi supervised Sadie as she climbed on a slippery dip, while Gary sat nearby on a spring rocker.

Both Gary and Madi were attentive, helping the little girls onto the play equipment and chatting intimately with them.

Child's play: They were accompanied by Gary's two young daughters, Bella, three, and Sadie, 15 months, whom he shares with ex-wife Amie Rohan

Child’s play: They were accompanied by Gary’s two young daughters, Bella, three, and Sadie, 15 months, whom he shares with ex-wife Amie Rohan

Playdate: Madi has effortlessly taken on the role of stepmother to her boyfriend's children

Playdate: Madi has effortlessly taken on the role of stepmother to her boyfriend’s children

Playground duty: Both Gary and Madi were attentive, helping the little girls onto the play equipment and chatting intimately with them

Shades of grey: Madi wore a pair of grey trackpants, which she teamed with a grey sweatshirt

Playground duty: Both Gary and Madi were attentive, helping the little girls onto the play equipment and chatting intimately with them

Madi wore a pair of grey trackpants, which she teamed with a grey sweatshirt.

She rugged up against the cold winter weather in a khaki green quilted coat, and also wore grey sneakers.

Her long brunette hair was piled on top of her head in a topknot, and she went makeup free for the outing.

Keeping warm: Madi rugged up against the cold winter weather in a khaki green quilted coat, and also wore grey sneakers

All tied up: Her long brunette hair was piled on top of her head in a topknot, and she went makeup free for the outing

Keeping warm: Madi rugged up against the cold winter weather in a khaki green quilted coat, and also wore grey sneakers

Keeping watch: At one stage, Madi supervised Sadie as she climbed on a slippery dip, while Gary sat nearby on a spring rocker

Keeping watch: At one stage, Madi supervised Sadie as she climbed on a slippery dip, while Gary sat nearby on a spring rocker

Dressed down: Gary opted for grey tracksuit pants and a navy zip-up sweatshirt

Dressed down: Gary opted for grey tracksuit pants and a navy zip-up sweatshirt

Meanwhile, Gary opted for grey tracksuit pants and a navy zip-up sweatshirt.

Like Madi, he wore grey sneakers, but teamed his with a pair of black socks.

The Cats forward rounded out his ensemble with a Big Freeze beanie, following the seventh annual event that raises money for the fight against motor neurone disease. 

Fun: Gary pulled a series of funny faces at his youngest daughter as she sat on Madi's lap

Fun: Gary pulled a series of funny faces at his youngest daughter as she sat on Madi’s lap

Perfect match: Like Madi, Gary also wore grey sneakers, but teamed his with black socks

Perfect match: Like Madi, Gary also wore grey sneakers, but teamed his with black socks

Team spirit: The football forward rounded out his casual ensemble with a Geelong Cats knit beanie with a blue pom-pom on top

Team spirit: The football forward rounded out his casual ensemble with a Geelong Cats knit beanie with a blue pom-pom on top

A day later, on Tuesday, Gary’s ex-wife Amie Rohan looked downcast as she was spotted out and about in Melbourne.

The former WAG was seen leaving a flotation therapy business.

Floatation therapy involves floating in warm water mixed with magnesium sulfate, with the water adjusted to suit your body temperature.

Is everything okay? A day later, on Tuesday, Gary's ex-wife Amie Rohan looked downcast as she was spotted out and about in Melbourne

Is everything okay? A day later, on Tuesday, Gary’s ex-wife Amie Rohan looked downcast as she was spotted out and about in Melbourne 

Treating herself: The former WAG was seen leaving a flotation therapy business

Self-care: Floatation therapy involves floating in warm water mixed with magnesium sulfate, with the water adjusted to suit your body temperature

Treating herself: The former WAG was seen leaving a flotation therapy business

According to a report by Women’s Health in February last year, it ‘helps your body enter a deep state of relaxation, so your brain can enter a place of rest and repair’.

Amie was seen leaving the venue with damp hair, before running a few errands near her home.

She also got a foot treatment, before picking up some new shoes and visiting a florist.

Rest and relaxation: According to a report by Women's Health, floatation therapy 'helps your body enter a deep state of relaxation, so your brain can enter a place of rest and repair'

Rest and relaxation: According to a report by Women’s Health, floatation therapy ‘helps your body enter a deep state of relaxation, so your brain can enter a place of rest and repair’

Something in the hair: Amie was seen leaving the venue with damp hair, before running a few errands near her home

Comfort first: The single mum and self-described 'mental health and child-loss awareness advocate' stepped out in a pair of oat marle knit pants

Something in the hair: Amie was seen leaving the venue with damp hair, before running a few errands near her home

The single mum and self-described ‘mental health and child-loss awareness advocate’ stepped out in a pair of oat marle knit pants.

She also wore a matching knit jumper, and rounded out her casual ensemble with a pair of brown slip-on sandals.

Amie appeared to go makeup free and also wore a white face mask on and off during her outing.  

Juggling act: At one stage, Amie had her hands full as she juggled what appeared to be hairbands, car keys, her mobile phone and a box

Juggling act: At one stage, Amie had her hands full as she juggled what appeared to be hairbands, car keys, her mobile phone and a box

Shoe in: She also got a foot treatment, before picking up some new shoes and visiting a florist

Shoe in: She also got a foot treatment, before picking up some new shoes and visiting a florist

Perfect match: She wore a knit jumper, and rounded out her casual ensemble with a pair of brown slip-on sandals

Fresh-faced: Amie appeared to go makeup free and also wore a white face mask on and off during her outing

Perfect match: She wore a knit jumper, and rounded out her casual ensemble with a pair of brown slip-on sandals

Gary and Amie split in July last year after four years of marriage, shortly after he entered the AFL’s Gold Coast coronavirus hub. 

While in the hub, he hooked up with Madi after his marriage broke down. 

Madi had been flown cross-country to use her physio skills to help Geelong Cats legend Gary Ablett Jr see out his final season.

Ex factor: Gary and his ex-wife Amie split in July last year after four years of marriage, shortly after he entered the AFL's Gold Coast coronavirus hub

Ex factor: Gary and his ex-wife Amie split in July last year after four years of marriage, shortly after he entered the AFL’s Gold Coast coronavirus hub

Moving on: While in the hub, he reportedly hooked up with Madi after his marriage broke down

Magic touch: Madi had been flown cross-country to use her physio skills to help Geelong Cats legend Gary Ablett Jr see out his final season

Moving on: While in the hub, he reportedly hooked up with Madi after his marriage broke down

Connections: Madi had been working as a physiotherapist at BodyLab Health and moonlighted as a Cats trainer and physio

Connections: Madi had been working as a physiotherapist at BodyLab Health and moonlighted as a Cats trainer and physio

She’d been working as a physiotherapist at BodyLab Health and moonlighted as a Cats trainer and physio. 

Amie was notably absent when many of the players’ partners and children joined them at the Queensland isolation hub last August. 

The Rohans’ marriage reportedly ended just months after their daughter Sadie was born in March last year. 

Sad split: The Rohans' marriage allegedly ended just months after their daughter Sadie was born in March last year

Sad split: The Rohans’ marriage allegedly ended just months after their daughter Sadie was born in March last year

Swing when you're winning: Gary and his new girlfriend played with the kids on the park's play equipment, with a smiling Madi sitting on a swing with Sadie on her lap as Bella sat next to her

Swing when you’re winning: Gary and his new girlfriend played with the kids on the park’s play equipment, with a smiling Madi sitting on a swing with Sadie on her lap as Bella sat next to her

What went wrong? Amie was notably absent when many of the players' partners and children joined them at the Queensland isolation hub last August

What went wrong? Amie was notably absent when many of the players’ partners and children joined them at the Queensland isolation hub last August 

Bella’s twin sister, Willow, tragically died after their birth on April 12, 2018. 

Gary shared a photo of himself and Madi on Instagram back in April, but deleted it a month later after receiving intense public backlash.

The black and white photo showed him smiling alongside Madi and his daughters.

Lending her support: In May, Gary led the Cats out at the MCG for his 150th game, stopping by Madi, who was waiting by the fence holding his two children

Lending her support: In May, Gary led the Cats out at the MCG for his 150th game, stopping by Madi, who was waiting by the fence holding his two children 

Family: Madi kissed her partner as he carried his two daughters

Family: Madi kissed her partner as he carried his two daughters

Over: Amie confirmed their marriage had ended on the Move Your Mind podcast in April, saying the days following their split were more difficult than losing her daughter

Over: Amie confirmed their marriage had ended on the Move Your Mind podcast in April, saying the days following their split were more difficult than losing her daughter 

'The days after my marriage breakdown were some of the hardest days of my life, harder than when we lost Willow,' said Gary's ex-wife Amie of their marriage breakdown

‘The days after my marriage breakdown were some of the hardest days of my life, harder than when we lost Willow,’ said Gary’s ex-wife Amie of their marriage breakdown

In May, Gary led the Cats out at the MCG for his 150th game, stopping by Madi, who was waiting by the fence holding his two children.

She planted a kiss on Gary’s cheek in a rare display of public affection, and handed him his girls as he stepped out onto the field.

Amie confirmed their marriage had ended on the Move Your Mind podcast in April, saying the days following their split were more difficult than losing her daughter.

'Being dealt a trauma on top of a trauma that I thought I had completely healed from is something I have really struggled with,' said Amie of losing a child then splitting from Gary

‘Being dealt a trauma on top of a trauma that I thought I had completely healed from is something I have really struggled with,’ said Amie of losing a child then splitting from Gary

Effortless: Madi appears to have developed a rapport with Gary's young daughters

Helping hand: The physiotherapist held Sadie's hands for support as she walked through the park

Effortless: Madi appears to have developed a rapport with Gary’s young daughters

Now you see it: Gary shared this photo of himself and Madi on Instagram back in April, but deleted it a month later after receiving intense public backlash

Now you see it: Gary shared this photo of himself and Madi on Instagram back in April, but deleted it a month later after receiving intense public backlash 

‘The days after my marriage breakdown were some of the hardest days of my life, harder than when we lost Willow,’ she said.

‘My marriage broke down midway through last year and I spoke to one of my close girlfriends… and I said being dealt a trauma on top of a trauma that I thought I had completely healed from is something that I have really struggled with.’

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Gary Rohan for comment. 

Falling over herself: At one stage, little Sadie took a tumble as she tried walking by herself through the park

Falling over herself: At one stage, little Sadie took a tumble as she tried walking by herself through the park



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