Survivor winner Shane Gould just made history for this epic reason

Alicia Vrajlal
Entertainment Editor

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.

Shane Gould wins Survivor. Photo: Channel Ten

“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!” 

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.

Got a story tip? Send it to

Want more lifestyle and celebrity news? Follow Yahoo Lifestyle on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.