Survivor goes back to school
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.
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.