Michael "Mike" Sparrow is a contestant from Survivor New Zealand: Nicaragua.

Mike started in a very strong position as the leader of the majority alliance in the Hermosa tribe and the post-swap Mogotón tribe. After merge however, this revealed him as a massive threat, and after winning Individual Immunity and reward, he was blindsided by Shannon Quinn at the following Tribal Council and sent to Redemption Island. There, Mike lasted 16 days on Redemption Island, winning five Redemption Island duels and ultimately coming back into the game on Day 36 alongside Nate Davis by defeating Jak Thomas in the final duel. With no alliances in the game, Mike was left to scramble and hope to win Individual Immunity, which he was unable to do. Out of options, Mike was unanimously voted out at the final 5.


How would you describe yourself? Adventurous, outgoing, enthusiastic, passionate about life – I still haven't met anyone that can keep up with the outdoor adventure lifestyle that I lead!I'm a dreamer and an optimist – I want to change the world for the better. I treat everyone with the utmost respect and try to be nice to everyone. People say that somehow I never seem to get stressed out.
Why are you doing Survivor? It's been my dream to do the show since I saw the very first season of Survivor. I feel that I've got all of the skills that the winner of Survivor needs: physical, social, stamina, and mental strength. I'm strategic, like big challenges, and like being pushed to my limit.
What did you do to prepare? I watched a few seasons of Survivor. I planned the social game with my brother (a massive Survivor fan), read a lot of Survivor strategy websites and challenged friends to Survivor challenges (they didn't know what I was doing so they thought I was a bit weird).
What are your pet peeves? Maybe just selfish people.
What's your strategy? My strategy going in is to form a group of trustworthy friends with similar interests as quick as possible. Work hard, go hard in challenges.

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Voting History

Mike's Voting History
Episode Mike's
Voted Against
1 Dee -
2 Hermosa Tribe Immune
4 Hermosa Tribe Immune
6 Mogotón Tribe Immune
8 Shay Shay, Tom
10 Shay Individual Immunity
11 Shay Avi, Barb, Nate,
Sala, Shannon, Shay
Voted Out, Day 20
12 On Redemption Island
Returned, Day 36
19 Avi Avi, Barb,
Nate, Tom
Voted Out, Day 37
Voted for
Sole Survivor


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  • Mike is the first castaway on Survivor New Zealand to win individual immunity.
  • Mike was the first person in Survivor New Zealand: Nicaragua to win more than one Redemption Island duel.
    • He is also the first incumbent inhabitant of Redemption Island to win a duel.
  • Mike won the most Redemption Island duels on Survivor New Zealand with six.


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