Survivor goes back to school

South Canterbury Herald - - OUT & ABOUT - KOREN ALLPRESS

It has been nearly a year since Shannon Quinn ar­rived in her home town of Geral­dine in need of a break after com­pet­ing in Survivor in Nicaragua.

Now based in Auck­land, Quinn was one of 16 peo­ple to take part in TVNZ’s first se­ries of the lon­grun­ning Amer­i­can re­al­ity show.

In late Au­gust, Quinn spoke to stu­dents at Geral­dine High School, which she at­tended, about her ex­pe­ri­ences on the show.

‘‘I lasted 30 out of 39 days,’’ she said.

A large part of the con­tes­tants’ time was spent with not much to do.

If they were not com­pet­ing in chal­lenges, or be­ing interviewed, they were at camp, hun­gry, she said.

‘‘Due to the lack of food we got in­cred­i­bly weak.’’

Sur­viv­ing came down to men­tal strength. she said. ‘‘You ver­sus your mind.’’ Con­tes­tants had mi­cro­phones on them at all times so pro­duc­ers could hear them.

One day Quinn snuck away from camp and came across two peo­ple surf­ing.

An­other time two cows walked through their camp.

‘‘Lit­tle tiny things like that just sort of blew our quiet time out of the wa­ter,’’ she said.

While she did not win, once she left camp she got to spend a few days on hol­i­day in Nicaragua.

Her first meal away from camp was 10 muesli bars.

PHOTO: DOUG FIELD/STUFF

Former Geral­dine High School stu­dent Shannon Quinn spoke at a school as­sem­bly about her ex­pe­ri­ence on Survivor NZ. With her is her sis­ter Tianna Cur­tis, 17, a stu­dent at the school.

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