Olympian in race for $500,000
NEARLY half a century after she won three gold medals at the 1972 Munich Olympics, swimming legend Shane Gould is just days away from another huge victory — and a $500,000 payday.
Gould, 61, who has lived in Bicheno on Tasmania’s East Coast for the past decade, is the oldest competitor on reality TV show Australian Survivor: Champions v Contenders, and has outlasted many rivals less than half her age. A field of 24 contestants began filming the program on a Fijian island in May, but now only four remain in the running for the title — Gould, former AFL footballer Brian Lake, HR assistant Shonee Fairfax, and barrister Sharn Coombes.
Gould will find out who wins the lucrative prize at the same time TV viewers do, on Tuesday night.
“It’s pretty tense — I’m hopeful,” she said. “Brian and Sharn have proven to be pretty wily players, and they’ve won a lot of individual challenges.
“Shonee is a good person to join forces with but it’s hard to know which way she’ll swing.”
If Gould survives the next two eliminations and makes the grand finale, she will pitch her case to a jury of nine previously eliminated contestants as to why they should vote for her to win. “I got off-side with some people on the jury … so it’s a 50-50 chance if I get there,” she said.
Gould would love to see another Tasmanian contestant step up to the Survivor challenge.
“It was a fabulous experience, and I encourage people to apply … it’d be great to get another Tasmanian on the next season,” she said.