True sur­vivor

Kwinana Courier - - Front Page - Vanessa Sch­mitt

BAL­DIVIS min­ing tech­ni­cian Luke Toki has be­come a fix­ture in homes across the coun­try as he tries to out­wit and out­play con­tes­tants on Aus­tralian Sur­vivor.

BAL­DIVIS min­ing tech­ni­cian Luke Toki has be­come a fix­ture in homes across the coun­try as he tries to out­wit and out­play fel­low con­tes­tants on Aus­tralian Sur­vivor.

Luke (30) may be a joker, but he takes some things very se­ri­ously, in­clud­ing his fam­ily, his job and re­al­ity tele­vi­sion.

“I am a re­al­ity tele­vi­sion binge-watcher, I watch ev­ery­thing,” he said.

“I get into the shows with the mis­sus, like Real House­wives and The Bach­e­lor Aus­tralia. I make up for it by watch­ing Aus­tralian Sur­vivor.”

But Luke said last year’s se­ries was too tame.

He hopes to do any­thing that in­volves guts in this sea­son of Aus­tralian Sur­vivor.

Af­ter ini­tially ap­ply­ing for the show as a joke, Luke was pumped to find out he was go­ing to Samoa.

He thought it would be “nice to go on a lit­tle hol­i­day for a while”.

Pre­vi­ously a drilling op­er­a­tor up north, Luke re­cently took on a desk job to spend more time at home with his two sons and wife Mary.

Af­ter grow­ing up with a dif­fi­cult home life, Luke ap­pre­ci­ates his fam­ily and wants to make them proud.

“I want to be a pos­i­tive role model and think it will be great for my­self, my boys, my wife and fam­ily to look back on,” he said.

“If I win, I will spend the money tak­ing the fam­ily to Dis­ney­land, then do­nate the rest to my home own­er­ship fund.”

Al­ready fit, Luke trained hard to get ready for the phys­i­cal as­pects of the show.

“Noth­ing is off the ta­ble when it comes to how much I will do to win the game,” he said. “I’m a joker. I do stuff for a laugh, but I still play hard and want to win this.”

Luke also pre­pared for the game by fac­ing a dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion.

“The most dan­ger­ous thing that has hap­pened to me lately was when I put the colours in with the whites in the wash­ing ma­chine and I had to avoid my wife for the day,” he said.

The ul­ti­mate win­ner will walk away with a life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, $500,000 and the cov­eted ti­tle of Aus­tralia’s Sole Sur­vivor 2017.

Aus­tralian Sur­vivor con­tes­tant Luke Toki.

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