From the zoo to the jungle, Shannon’s got her strategy sorted!
Working as a zoo keeper means 24-year-old Shannon Quinn is more than ready to brave the wild jungle of Nicaragua and compete in SurvivorNZ. With a tribe merge imminent, we ask the Christchurch native to share her secrets for staying in the game.
Living in the elements, eating very little and being pushed to the physical extremes must be tough. How are you coping?
Surprisingly well! It’s amazing how fast you can adapt to a new environment when you need to. Although it does help that you never get the chance to look in a mirror. I have noticed my muscles are wasting away faster than I thought possible. Every morning, I can feel my legs becoming weaker – it’s quite scary! The lack of energy is the most frustrating thing for me.
How did you prepare yourself for the show?
I did a lot of fitness training, weights, ate more and watched past Survivor episodes to get an idea of strategies that could work for me. It was hard because it needed to stay top-secret, so I couldn’t really discuss it with many people before going.
Do you feel that the male contestants under estimate you on the show?
Not at all – they know exactly what New Zealand women are capable of. Everyone is starting on an even playing ground. Every single one of us will need to prove ourselves to stay in the game. I’ll be handy when it comes to challenges as my social game is strong and I’m a good strategist.
Shannon’s prep was a mix of intense physical training and watching old episodes of the show.