There is no doubt Olympic gold medallist and former senator, Nova Peris OAM, deserves her place on the Champions Tribe, but does she have what it takes to be the Sole Survivor?
Born in 1971, Nova first came to the nation’s attention as part of the Gold Medal winning women’s hockey team at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
After taking out the Commonwealth gold two years later, Nova decided to switch sports and competed in the next Olympics as a sprinter where she made the finals.
In 1997, Nova was awarded Young Australian of The Year as well as receiving a medal for the Order of Australia, making her Nova Peris OAM.
With extensive work in the community under her belt, Nova became the first Indigenous woman to be elected to the Commonwealth Parliament for the senate in the Northern Territory.
With so many accomplishments under her belt, one could forgive Nova for wanting to take things easy for a while, but this Champ is ready to take on everything that Survivor throws at you.
On joining the show, Nova said: “I’ve done most things in life and this is so off the grid from the modern world. My mother and grandparents are survivors and wanted to see if I can be one too. It’s the ultimate challenge.”
Believing she’s “relentless,” Nova thinks her mental strength and never give up attitude will also help her along the way. And it doesn’t hurt to have a background in politics to know how to work with people.
“Of course, I think I can win. I have had to get along with people my whole life. My social skills are very good and I’m mentally tough. Nothing much fazes me!”
Mum of four and grandmother to one, Nova is out there to win.
The fourth season of Australian Survivor is hosted by Jonathan LaPaglia and is made for Network 10 by Endemol Shine Australia in the tropical paradise of Savusavu, Fiji.