Hunted winners reveal how they will spend their $100,000 prize

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After spending 21 days on the run from an expert team of Hunters, Fugitives Stathi Vamvoulidis and Rob Harneiss managed to reach the extraction point during Tuesday night’s epic Hunted finale and became the show’s inaugural winners.

Chatting with Yahoo Lifestyle following the final episode, the pair opened up about their life-changing experience and how they plan on spending their $100,000 prize money.

Hunted winners Stathi and Rob.
Hunted winners Stathi and Rob reveal how they will spend their $100,000 prize money. Photo: Channel Ten

“We share the same dream of becoming fathers,” Rob says.

“My wife and I have been trying for the last five years, so to finally be able to have that disposable income to go towards IVF and all the treatments that come with it, it’s incredible.”

Stathi adds: “I’ve always wanted to be a dad and it’s pretty hard as a single gay male, both from a biological perspective but also financially.

“There’s been such an amazing response from other gay men who said that they’ve also wanted to be a dad but never thought it would be possible, and seeing someone else on national TV has reignited that passion for them.”


Rob and Stathi went on to reveal if they will be sharing their winnings with their on-screen partners, who were both captured by the Hunters just a few days before the adventure came to an end.

“One hundred per cent we will be splitting it with Matt and Jake,” Stathi says. “There was no discussion about it because that was just assumed from the get go. We went into this 50/50 and we actually wouldn't be where we were without our best mates.

“If we had started as solo contestants on day one you can't guarantee we both would have made it on that chopper,” he continues, while Rob laughs, “I can!”.

Hunted stars Rob and Stathi.
Rob and Stathi describe the experience as ‘a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ that they will never forget. Photo: Channel Ten

'Watch out!'

Speaking about why he thinks he and Rob made it to the end rather than the other Fugitive teams in the competition, Stathi believes that it was because they had similar strategies.

“We were both very dynamic and versatile, we made sure we had multiple plans and we didn't just stick to one plan,” he details. “And if we needed to change things up, we did.”

“Imagine if we were a team,” Rob laughs. “Watch out!”

Stathi adds that he’s “so happy and proud” to have won alongside Rob and be the show’s very first champions.

“No one is going to be the winner of Hunted season one again,” he says. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I will never forget.”

“Moving forward, the next seasons of Hunted are going to be so different than what we experienced” Rob shares.

“We didn’t have the help of the public like they will, because people will be aware of the show. Straightaway they’re going to be like, ‘Oh my gosh you’re on Hunted, let’s help you!’.”

Channel Ten have since announced that applications for season two of Hunted are now open, with filming set to take place in Melbourne from February 20 to March 15 next year. Check out more information here.

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