Australian Survivor 2018: first contestants announced

TEN has teased the first contestants for the third season of Australian Survivor.

“Champions verses Contenders” includes former Rugby League / Union champion Mat Rogers, AFLW player Moana Hope and legendary Olympic swimmer Shane Gould.

This season is filmed in Savusavu, Fiji (recent US seasons have been in  Mamanuca Islands, Fiji). Media chatter suggests US Survivor villain Russell Hantz, former Western Bulldogs and Hawthorn champion Brian Lake, former Miss Universe Australia Monika Radulovich are cast.

An airdate is yet to be announced.

For the first time in Survivor history, 12 every day contestants – the Contenders – will take on a challenge of David and Goliath proportions when they tackle 12 giants of Australian society – the Champions.

The Champions tribe is made up of outstanding achievers in physical, intellectual and social endeavours and are used to applying pure grit to gain success. In order to last 50 days and become the Sole Survivor, the Contenders must rise to the challenge to outwit, outplay, outlast.

From the 24 exciting, determined and inspiring players in the game this year, the first competitors announced for the Champions are:

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Mat R, Dual Code Rugby International: Mat Rogers originally made his mark on rugby league as a standout player for the Cronulla Sharks for six years.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.

The first competitors announced for the Contenders are:

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.


    • Well anything with the word ‘celebrity’ in it usually manages to include David Oldfield somewhere and this doesn’t. Oh that’s right, Seven had him on their dire version of the show back in 2006.

  1. carolemorrissey

    Noooooo, not Russell Hantz. Why would they think we want to watch him again. I can’t see him fitting in with the Aussies more laid back style of playing. The only one in the champions I’ve even heard of is Shane Gould.

    • Totally agree simmo3 – I have been a fan of Survivor since the beginning (USA and now AUS) but was disgusted with the way USA started glorifying meanness and obnoxious people. Thankfully only lasted for a few seasons. So AUS Survivor, why would you want to put us through the same scenario. If you are so desperate for ‘US Heroes’ than than bring in Ozzie or Yul, John Cochran or Wendell.

      • How many Australian’s watched Wendell’s recent Survivor win? Compared to any of the other names you’ve mentioned Russell Hantz has brand recognition in regards to Survivor. Hantz inclusion on Survivor lead to fast-tracked seasons on Ch.9, not off on Go! Or at midnight or Sunday afternoons (like basically every other season in Australia in the past decade)

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