Survivor

Australian Survivor winners: Where are they now?

They've played and won the greatest game on Earth, but where are they now?

By Alex Lilly
It's called the greatest game on Earth for a reason and over the years we've seen some epic Survivor moments.
From shock blindsides, to challenge fails even to budding romances, we can expect blood, sweat and tears (both happy and sad) with every season.
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As we reach the pointy end of Australian Survivor 2019, one lucky person will soon walk away with half a million dollars and the title of Sole Survivor.
But who will they be joining in the Hall of Fame? Meet the previous winners here and see what has happened since they wrapped filming.

Season one: Rob Dickson

Australia's first Sole Survivor Rob Dickson played smart and won the premiere series in 2002 back when the show aired on Channel Nine with an impressive 5-2 jury vote.
Back then, the show was filmed in South Australia's Eyre Peninsula and they only had to spend 39 days there. How times have changed!
As a former AFL player for both Hawthorne and the Brisbane Bears in the late eighties and early nineties, he had the physical strength but went on to be a film director.
However tragedy struck in 2009 when Rob and his five-year-old son Byron died in a car accident whilst on holiday in South Africa. Not only that, but his eight-year-old son Gabriel died four days later in hospital due to injuries sustained in the crash.
Rob was a former AFL star who tragically died in 2009. (Image: Nine Network)

Season two: Guy Leech

The celebrity edition of season two was taken over by Channel Seven and featured 12 celebrities battling it out in Vanuatu to win $100,000 for their chosen charity.
Despite getting originally voted out, former ironman champ Guy Leech not only made his way back into the game but was crowned the winner. The money went to his chosen charity, Ride Aid Inc and was used to build two schools in North Cambodia.
Since then, Guy has been living his best life with his wife and two daughters advocating for defibrillators to be more readily available and playing plenty of golf.

Season three: Kristie Bennett

By 2016, Channel Ten had claimed ownership and it was the beginning of the Survivor we know and love today. So you can call it season three or season one, take your pick.
That year, Sydney-based senior account executive Kristie Bennett became the first female winner of Australian Survivor at 24 years-old. But after snagging the prize money, she didn't want to go back to her old life.
"I wanna be a facilitator, that people can find a way if they have a dream or a goal — motivational stuff but also strategic things as well," she told the Manly Daily in 2017. "I'm not prepared to do what I don't really believe in anymore."
Nowadays, Kristie spends her time travelling around Australia in her campervan and looking for the best op shop buys and her Instagram will give you serious wanderlust envy!

Season four: Jericho Malabonga

He was known for his bromance with Luke Toki, and Victorian flight attendant Jericho was crowned Sole Survivor in 2017 and put the prize money to good use.
Jericho took Luke, Luke's wife Mary and their two boys to Disneyland after Luke promised he'd take his family there if he won. Now if that's not friendship, we don't know what is!
Aside from travelling (he appears to have kept his day job at Qantas) and keeping up his fitness at his local F45 gym, Jericho also spent time volunteering in Cambodia in 2018. He was even joined by former Survivor contestants Elena Rowland, Lee Carseldine and his runner up Tara Pitt.

Season five: Shane Gould

In the first installment of Champions versus Contenders, it was Olympic swimmer Shane Gould who took the title against criminal lawyer Sharn Coombs.
Following her win, Shane, who was the eldest winner the franchise has seen, told TV WEEK that she wanted to spend her half a million dollars wisely.
"I want it mostly to free me up to go and do good work in drowning prevention, and things with people who are scared of the water. So I can go and do projects that help people," she said at the time.
Shane isn't on social media but her runner up Sharn is and in March revealed that she and Shane returned to Fiji's Savusavu together. This time, however, they chilled in a resort and spent their time kayaking, pearl farming, visiting villages and trekking through the rainforest.

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