Shane Gould wins Australian Survivor 2018
The Olympic swimmer was named the Sole Survivor after 50 days on the Fijian island of Savusavu, beating out her friend Sharn Coombes five votes to four in the final tribal council.
With $500,000 in her pocket, and the prestigious title of Sole Survivor to her name, Shane is feeling “astonished.”
We caught up with the winner to find out more about her time on the show, her favourite part of the game, and her plans for the prize money.
Australian Survivor winner announced in nailbiting finale
SHANE Gould has been crowned the winner of this year’s Australian Survivor, beating out Sharn Coombes and taking home the $500,000 prize.
Both women had battled through 50 days on a remote island only to face off in their biggest challenge to date — pleading their case before the jury of past contestants they had outwitted in order to make it to the final two
An emotional Shane couldn’t hide her joy as she was crowned the competition’s winner, joking that she was excited to take home yet another accolade.
“It feels surreal. It’s been a while since I’ve won an Olympic medal, and it was a challenge to see what I’m made of, to do something crazy!” Shane said.
Australian Survivor’s Shane Gould
One of the world’s greatest female swimmers, the 61-year-old is the only swimmer in history to hold all freestyle world records, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m and the 200m Individual Medley at the same time.
At the 1972 Olympic Games she won 3 gold medals, 1 silver and 1 bronze. Despite being the eldest competitor on Survivor, her lifetime swimming experience and determination has no doubt put her in a very good position to become the sole survivor.
After her major wins, Shane quit swimming at 17 before marrying and moving to the Margaret River to live on a farm with her husband.
“For a lot of people, that was off the planet,” she told the Sydney Morning Herald. “People didn’t understand the alternative lifestyle movement, and I couldn’t explain.
By 25 she had two kids and was living in a mini-community, “milking cows and growing tomatoes”.