Blenheim girl goes from surgery to Survivor
‘‘I really had to focus on recovering as quickly as possible ... I spent a lot of time bandaged up, really sore and not able to use any of my upper body.’’
A breast reduction operation months before filming began on Survivor NZ wasn’t going to stop former Marlborough Girls College student Josefien Maasdam from being her ‘‘vivacious’’ self on the island.
If anything, getting the call to confirm she would be toughing it out in the Thai jungle with 17 other contestants gave her more motivation to focus on recovering as quickly as possible.
Maasdam, who had breast reduction surgery for health reasons, said she was no stranger to being ‘‘chucked in the deep end’’ and overcoming challenges, so this was no different.
‘‘I really had to focus on recovering as quickly as possible and not only that, but getting my fitness back because of course I spent a lot of time bandaged up, really sore and not able to use any of my upper body or do any kind of cardio that involved jumping.’’
‘‘It was a challenge but it was really great because it really gave me a drive to recover quickly,’’ she said.
‘‘Terrified’’ at what she had got herself into, Maasdam said she found comfort in knowing she had overcome many difficult challenges in the past, , including moving to New Zealand from the Netherlands as a child, not knowing how to speak English.
‘‘There’s been so many moments in my life where I have been completely taken off guard and completely taken out of my comfort zone and forced to just deal with it. Survivor was almost like a comfortable place,’’ she said.
Maasdam is set to bring energy and positivity to the show and said she certainly won’t be holding back when it comes to taking on the competition or letting her age defy her.
‘‘The second I get into a competitive environment, I hate losing and I hate letting anyone be better than me,’’ she said.
At 23-years-old, Maasdam is the second youngest contestant in this season of Survivor NZ and she knows she has what it takes to take out the competition.
‘‘One of my biggest skills [is] my energy. I want my positivity, my honesty and transparency to really be my ally in the game.’’
Despite having concerns about the spiders, scorpions and snakes in the jungle, she said she was most worried about losing herself in the game.
‘‘The big fear was that I’d get sucked into Survivor- land and not be someone I could be proud of no matter what.’’
And while Maasdam is now residing in Auckland and working as a production assistant, she said she is stoked to have the backing of her home town of Blenheim behind her.
Contestant Josefien Maasdam says finding out she was competing in Survivor NZ gave her the push she needed to recover quickly from her surgery.