After what was a very dramatic season, Shane Gould was named the winner of Survivor Australia last night, defeating barrister Sharn Coombes and ex-footballer Brian Lake.
The 61-year-old’s victory determined by a jury was met with a strong wave of support on social media, as the former Olympian proved age is just a number as she became the oldest winner in the series’ history.
“SHANE GOULD WINS. The oldest ever sole survivor (aged 61) and I’m assuming the first survivor to have won gold at the olympics as well. She ia a national treasure.
#SurvivorAu,” one viewer wrote on Twitter.
“So glad Shane won! What an inspirational woman at 61 years old taking out the title of
#SurvivorAU,” another tweeted.
Last night’s finale saw Shane, who has nabbed three gold medals and set 11 world records, win the $500,000 prize money thanks to the most votes at the final tribal council.
“I came into this game as a champion and I’m leaving as a champion,” she said.
“It’s up there with my other achievement. It’s really the icing on the cake… People shouldn’t underestimate what a 60-year-old can do!”
SHANE GOULD WINS. The oldest ever sole survivor (aged 61) and I’m assuming the first survivor to have won gold at the olympics as well. She ia a national treasure. 👑🇦🇺 #SurvivorAu
— Miller 🔥 (@lightastrike) October 9, 2018
I’m sorry but Shane is amazing. She’s 61 and been on a remote island for 50 days. That’s outstanding. #SurvivorAU
— ViVi B (@ViVi_RFObsessed) October 9, 2018
If the quality of a season is determined by the game play of the finalists, then this season of Australian Survivor was one of the best. Congratulations Shane Gould you sly fox. #SurvivorAU pic.twitter.com/oc2jWcCrj1
— Monique La Terra (@MoniqueLaTerra) October 9, 2018
Many fans claimed it was the best season of Survivor yet, and that they’re already looking forward to the next one.
“As always, a wonderful cast and an amazing season! Excited to see what’s in store for the next season
#SurvivorAU,” one tweeted.
Hosted by Jonathan LaPaglia, Australia’s second season of Survivor saw Champions and Contenders teams battle it out on an island in Fiji for the final prize.
Steve ‘Commando’ Willis, Mat Rogers and Monika Radulovic were among the famous names in the cast.
Ahhhhh I’m so happy for Shane. 61 years old & thriving as the newest winner of #SurvivorAu . She really played a remarkable game & I’m so happy that the Jury saw her game for what it was! #DontMessWithShaneGould pic.twitter.com/GxOO5CUuot
— Derrick 🎃 (@dwashtweets) October 9, 2018
So glad Shane won! What an inspirational woman at 61 years old taking out the title of #SurvivorAU
— Anthea (@RavinEmerald) October 9, 2018
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