Australian Survivor contestants get thrown into the deep end with first challenge out at sea… as tribe in-fighting begins

Posted on Aug 21 2016 - 11:29am by admin


Bianca La Cioppa For Daily Mail Australia

It is the show which is set to break limits among the 24 contestants. 

And on Sunday, Australian Survivor hopefuls were thrown into the deep end within minutes of their arrival on the island with their first challenge set out at sea. 

After greeting the show’s host, Jonathan LaPaglia, the contestants were split into three tribes before rushing out to the blue seas to collect their supplies.

Battling it out: Australian Survivor hopefuls were thrown into the deep end within minutes of their arrival on the island on Sunday with their first challenge out at sea

Battling it out: Australian Survivor hopefuls were thrown into the deep end within minutes of their arrival on the island on Sunday with their first challenge out at sea

For the first challenge, the groups had to run out to a floating raft in the middle of the blue waters which had their food and tools on board. 

On arrival, the teams quickly filled their attached canoes with their chosen items while still racing against the clock with their competing teams. 

As team blue (Saanapu) yellow (Vavau) led the way, the red team (Aganoa) found themselves struggling after flooding a portion of their canoe.

And it begins: For the first challenge, the groups had to run out to a floating raft in the middle of the blue waters which had their food and tools on board

And it begins: For the first challenge, the groups had to run out to a floating raft in the middle of the blue waters which had their food and tools on board

Blue tribe were first off to swim towards another raft which had a lit fire statue – the first team to light their torch received fire for their camp site.

As two blue members swam quickly towards the fire, they soon found themselves competing against two yellow members. 

Blue team became winners of the first round with a canoe filled with supplies and tools and a torch lit with a flame. 

Filling up: The teams quickly filled their attached canoes with their chosen items while still racing against the clock with their competing teams

Filling up: The teams quickly filled their attached canoes with their chosen items while still racing against the clock with their competing teams

Back on the sandy beachside, the teams began to construct their campsites but it wasn’t long before cracks began to show amongst the contestants. 

Courier Driver, Des, began to but heads with fellow red team mate Kat as she ordered him to help build their site instead of moving ‘the fruit out of the sun’. 

The Queenslander explained in his piece to camera he wasn’t taking a liking to being pushed around by someone half his age.

Challenge: Blue team became winners of the first round with a canoe filled with supplies and tools and a torch lit with a flame

Challenge: Blue team became winners of the first round with a canoe filled with supplies and tools and a torch lit with a flame

‘There was a lady on our tribe who looked like she belonged in the cafe latte set in Manly or something,’ he began. 

‘I’m 60-years-old. I don’t want to be told what to do by some 30-year-old girl bloody barking orders at me. 

‘I want to spend my time playing the game and enjoying my time on Survivor and making sure I win.’

Tough times: Back on the sandy beachside, the teams began to construct their campsites but it wasn't long before cracks began to show amongst the contestants

Tough times: Back on the sandy beachside, the teams began to construct their campsites but it wasn’t long before cracks began to show amongst the contestants

He laughed: ‘I’m going to sit in the background like Kung Fu Panda and just sneak up on ’em at the end.

‘I’m going to try and do as little physical work as possible. I come on Survivor not to learn survival skills. I’m on Survivor ’cause I like playing the strategy game.’

Sam, 28, a Charity Co-Founder and CEO, shared that night-time is his ‘biggest weakness’ but that he has the ‘right attitude’ to progress far in the game.

‘I do pride myself on my loyalty and mateship, but at the end of the day, this is Survivor and you’re either first or you’re last,’ he shared to the camera. 

In the game: Meanwhile Conner, a 23-year-old law student, said he knows the 'game inside out' and considers it the 'modern-day Hunger Games'

In the game: Meanwhile Conner, a 23-year-old law student, said he knows the ‘game inside out’ and considers it the ‘modern-day Hunger Games’

Meanwhile Conner, a 23-year-old law student, said he knows the ‘game inside out’ and considers it the ‘modern-day Hunger Games.’

Already wanting to form alliances, he took Flick, a 23-year-old personal assistant and bartender, aside.

While she agreed to forming an alliance with the determined law student, she did admit later on camera that she would probably ‘get rid of him later’ as he’s ‘a bit strategic.’ 

Uniting: Already wanting to form alliances, Conner took Flick, a 23-year-old personal assistant and bartender, aside

Uniting: Already wanting to form alliances, Conner took Flick, a 23-year-old personal assistant and bartender, aside

Teamwork was again tested as the group had to scale a wooden A-frame, and using one another’s bodies as ladders to to manoeuvre their way through the obstacle course.

Sam and Conner showed great teamwork as they helped one another over the next wooden frame, while others including 29-year-old magician and mentalist Matt found it a bit more of a struggle. 

A following challenge saw the contestants having to outrun time as they put together a large jigsaw puzzle.

Within a short time-frame the enthusiastic group had to spell out the show’s catch phrase, ‘Outwit, Outplay, Outlast.’ 

Uniting: Sam and Conner showed great teamwork as they helped one another over the next wooden frame

Uniting: Sam and Conner showed great teamwork as they helped one another over the next wooden frame

For Kristie, a 24-year-old senior account executive, losing the challenge was devastating.

‘We’re the first tribe to be going to Tribal Council and nobody wants to be the first person voted off.

‘I’ve got the biggest target on my back and I know it.’  

Ahead of the Tribal Council which would see someone going home, the contestants all expressed their thoughts as to the weakest link. 

Observant: Rohan, a 28-year-old model, noticed certain contestants bringing their skills to the forefront in an attempt to not be bid off the competition

Observant: Rohan, a 28-year-old model, noticed certain contestants bringing their skills to the forefront in an attempt to not be bid off the competition

Rohan, a 28-year-old model, noticed certain contestants bringing their skills to the forefront in an attempt to not be bid off the competition.

‘All of a sudden we have Des who’s useful. As he’s realised that he is on the chopping block, he’s started to bring out these skills.

‘He’s started to thatch the roof. He’s started to give advice on the shelter.’  

Survival: Rohan, a 28-year-old model, noticed certain contestants including Des, were bringing their skills to the forefront in an attempt to not be bid off the competition

Survival: Rohan, a 28-year-old model, noticed certain contestants including Des, were bringing their skills to the forefront in an attempt to not be bid off the competition

‘Going into Tribal Council tonight, I’m still finding out exactly who I can trust,’ said 26-year-old brand manager Kat.

‘There’s always, you know, that in the back of your mind that you are going to be voted off. I don’t feel safe.’  

Kat felt terrible following their loss.

Emotional: Kat, a 26-year-old brand manager, felt terrible following the loss and 'felt responsible'

Emotional: Kat, a 26-year-old brand manager, felt terrible following the loss and ‘felt responsible’

‘I got really emotional ’cause I just felt terrible. I felt that I was fully responsible for our loss. And as soon as I got back to camp, I apologised and you know, I said, “I’m sorry.”‘  

Des was the first contestant to be voted off the island at Tribal Council.

Looking clearly devastated, Des had one last message for the group.

‘Whilst you’re in smooth waters now, there’s a tempest sea out there in front of you so be prepared.’

Sent home: Des was the first contestant to be voted off the island at Tribal Council

Sent home: Des was the first contestant to be voted off the island at Tribal Council

 



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