From the zoo to the jun­gle, Shan­non’s got her strat­egy sorted!

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - Be Entertained! -

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.

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