PERTH FIFO supervisor Jenna does not appear to be particularly lazy, but the 28-year-old mother of two-year-old daughter Elliott said laziness was why it took until now to apply for the 2018 season of Australian Survivor: Champions Versus Contenders.
“Survivor for me is something I have been interested in for as long as I can remember, I’d just never got around to applying,” she said.
“I was surprised it was purely an online application and thought there was more to the process. I guess you could say I was a bit lazy.”
Jenna credited her adventurous nature to growing up in Moora and spending most of her childhood in the great outdoors with three siblings.
She has worked FIFO for the past six years and now manages a team of six men at BHP, working between Newman and Port Hedland.
“Obviously with the lifestyle that I live, I’m used to being away from my family,” Jenna said.
“My partner Rikkie, Elliott’s other mum, looks after her while I’m away, so other contestants who weren’t used to that may have struggled more.”
This year’s series has taken a new spin on the Survivor game with the challenge to be sole survivor on Fijian island Savusavu a competition between 12 everyday contestants and 12 players who are already champions in their field.
Jenna said she knew it was this new format when she applied for the season.
“The biggest appeal to me was that I wanted to prove to myself and other people, especially my daughter, that it doesn’t make you any less of a person just because they’ve had that success in life and become famous,” she said.
“The biggest thing for me was to just be myself. I didn’t want to go in and be someone that I wasn’t because I’m very proud of who I am. If I had my time again, I wouldn’t change a thing. I can’t wait to watch the season.”
Australian Survivor: Champions Versus Contenders starts August 1 on Channel 10.