Australian Survivor will be returning to our screens in July and to get us hyped up Network Ten have started announcing contestants who will be competing on the brand new season.
The show, which filmed its first two seasons in Samoa, has upped sticks to Fiji, a location very familiar to fans of the U.S. version of the hit reality franchise. It will once again feature 24 castaways battling it out over 50 days for a shot at $500,000 and the title of Sole Survivor.
Unlike the first two seasons, this will be the first themed edition for Australian Survivor, as the castaways are set to be divided into tribes of “Champions” and “Contenders.” The premise was previously described as “champions of public life” taking on “everyday Aussies” in the ultimate test.
UPDATE 07/08/18: A new castaway has been announced:
Heath, Builder: Measuring at over 7ft tall, and a proud husband and father to two girls, Heath is the ultimate gentle giant in his day-to-day life, but once he arrives on the island he is playing to win. When asked about his tactics for the game, Heath said: “I don’t like to go against my morals but I am playing to win and I will do what I need to in order to get further.” A huge Survivor fan, Heath believes his mental strength and his height will prove to be his greatest advantage against the other players. In order to be the final Castaway, Heath will have to outwit, outplay and outlast 23 other competitors who are all fighting for their chance to become the Sole Survivor.
The competitors previously announced for the Champions:
Damien, Former Special Forces Commando: Damien is an Australian Veteran from the war in Afghanistan where in 2009, an explosion resulted in him losing both legs and suffer other extensive damage to his body. His commitment to recovery and rehabilitation saw him master the use of his prosthetic legs and go on to compete in two Invictus Games in wheelchair basketball, walk the Kokoda Track and compete in numerous sporting competitions. Damien is also a best-selling author, actor and motivational speaker.
Mat R, Dual Code Rugby International: Mat Rogers originally made his mark on rugby league as a standout player for the Cronulla Sharks for six years. After success representing Queensland and Australia, Mat changed codes to Rugby Union in 2001 where he went on to represent Australia with the Wallabies in 45 test matches. In 2007, Mat returned to league to play for the new Gold Coast Titans before retiring from sport in 2011. Mat now devotes his time to another passion – raising money and awareness for children with autism via his foundation, 4 ASD.
Moana, AFLW Marquee Player: A celebrated and powerhouse player for Women’s Aussie Rules Football, Moana made a name for herself on the field as one of the leading goal kickers in the league. An accomplished junior sportswoman, Moana represented Victoria in cricket and Australian Rules, but decided to give up the summer sport in order to concentrate on footy. One of 14 kids, Moana’s family means everything to her. She is the primary carer for her younger sister, Lavinia, who suffers from Moebius Syndrome, a rare neurological condition.
Shane, Swimming World Record Holder: An Australian legend in the swimming pool, Shane is sporting royalty and one of the world’s greatest female swimmers. Between 1971 and 1973, she broke 11 world records in six different events and is the only woman ever to win five individual Olympic medals. Controversially retiring at the age of 17 and at the height of her success, Shane has gone onto raise four children, earn two degrees from the University of Tasmania, become an author and a passionate photographer.
Sam, Astrophysicist: At the age of 26, Sam is already a top astrophysicist, a robotics and software engineer and an astronomer who has won the Bok Prize, a prestigious award for Australian masters students. Sam is currently completing his Doctorate of Philosophy and has had 16 academic works published. He’s been invited to universities around the world to lecture and has been impressing professional industry leaders at each destination.
The competitors previously announced for the Contenders:
Jenna, FIFO Supervisor: Working as a supervisor in the mines in Western Australia for the past six years, Jenna happily embraces adventure. An active NFL and AFL player, Jenna is a typical outdoors girl tearing around the bush on her motorbike or wakeboarding. Besides her passions outdoors, Jenna is also a proud mum and counts her daughter as her greatest motivation to achieve.
Robbie, Construction Manager: Robbie has been determined from a young age, competing at a national level in swimming on top of completing his studies. Since jumping out of the pool, Robbie held down three jobs while completing his Masters in Architecture and has now progressed to Construction Manager after years of putting in the hard work and long hours.
Tegan, Management Consulting: Even though Tegan’s hometown of Broome is quite isolated, this WA mum of two is well-travelled including riding down Bolivia’s Death Road as one of her most memorable adventures. An experienced camper and fisherwoman, Tegan is looking forward to pushing her outdoor skills to the next level with building shelter and starting fires from scratch.
Anita, Sales Rep: Recently celebrating her 50th birthday, Anita is a sales rep and mum of four who is determined to prove to the younger generation she can keep up with anything they throw at her. A Survivor Superfan, getting a place among the castaways was on Anita’s bucket list. Now she’s out to make her family and friends proud and to show them that anything’s possible if you put your mind to it.
Steve K, Take Away Delivery Rider: One of the biggest characters to hit the island, Steve lives by the motto, ‘comfort is a wonderful place to be in, but you never grow there.’ He lives a diverse life and has had a varied career as a sustainability consultant but has since taken a break from his career and is now working as a takeaway delivery rider because he enjoys the look on people’s faces when their food is delivered.
Inside Survivor previously revealed that former three-time Survivor player Russell Hantz will be competing on this season of Australian Survivor.
All cast photos courtesy Nigel Wright/Network TEN.