Is­land of ad­ven­ture

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Television - Tanya Macnaughton

DE­SPITE lit­er­ally bar­ing all dur­ing one of last week’s chal­lenges, Perth sea­son two Aus­tralian Sur­vivor con­tes­tant Locky Gil­bert says he still has a few sur­prises up his sleeve.

“I knew at the start that if I was seen as a phys­i­cal threat and a strate­gic threat, they would have been scared of me,” the 27-year-old ad­ven­ture guide said.

“So I had to step back on the strat­egy and pre­tend to just be this big jock and when I was able to make it a bit fur­ther, then my strate­gic side could come out.”

At 195cm tall, Gil­bert said his work as an ad­ven­ture guide in Europe af­ter a stint play­ing grid­iron there had pro­vided him with more than just one ad­van­tage to play­ing the Sur­vivor game.

“I’m used to be­ing out­doors, hik­ing and do­ing all kinds of crazy stuff, so that had me pre­pared for the phys­i­cal side of it,” he said.

“But then as a guide you have to work with peo­ple and some­times get them to do stuff they never thought they would.

“You need to re­ally get them to trust you to do that stuff; I think that helped me with the strate­gic side too.”

Gil­bert said he was con­fi­dent and a bun­dle of pure ex­cite­ment when first step­ping foot on the beach.

“I’ve watched the show for as long as I can re­mem­ber and to fi­nally be on there was just so ex­cit­ing,” he said.

“Ev­ery­thing I thought turned out to be ten­fold bet­ter with the size of the chal­lenges and amount of ef­fort that goes into ev­ery­thing. There’s so many mov­ing parts and it’s all just for you; it’s amaz­ing and was one hell of a ride.”

Not one to sit around, Gil­bert said he went to Bali af­ter his time ended on Aus­tralian Sur­vivor, which was filmed in Samoa, to be­gin set­ting up his new ad­ven­ture company.

“I was in Bali and camp­ing in tree­tops and on top of vol­ca­noes, so I pretty much went straight back to is­land life,” he said.

“I’ll be mov­ing over there and hav­ing a cou­ple of dif­fer­ent tours run­ning, so hope­fully that will be all sorted very soon.

“I’m a per­son that if I put my mind to some­thing, I’m go­ing to do ev­ery­thing to achieve it.”

Gil­bert is one of six WA con­tes­tants out of 24 on this year’s sea­son of Ten’s Aus­tralian Sur­vivor, joined by Luke, Sarah, Mark, Jar­rad and Ben.

Aus­tralian Sur­vivor Locky Gil­bert. con­tes­tant

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