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Samantha "Sam" Gash is a contestant from Australian Survivor (2017) and Australian Survivor: Blood v Water.

A self-proclaimed control freak, Sam started the game on the top of the Asaga tribe, believing herself to be one of the tribe's biggest assets due to her athleticism. However, her social game was lacking, as her bossy personality, paranoia of her position on Asaga and tight relationship with Mark Wales led to Henry Nicholson deciding to throw the next challenge to blindside her on the tribe's following Tribal Council.

Sam returned alongside her husband Mark in Blood v. Water, where she improved on her social game and became a major strategic force throughout the season. Along with her ally Jesse Hansen, she dictated the outcome of numerous pre-merge Tribal Councils as a swing vote before entering the majority alliance after the merge. She infamously "stole" Jesse's Hidden Immunity Idol at the final eleven, starting a feud with Jordie Hansen. Eventually, Sam would revert to her paranoid ways and become a major target in the endgame. Having made many enemies and run out of allies, Sam agreed to sacrifice her game for Mark to advance to the finals, letting herself be voted out in 8th place.

Profile

Retrieved from 10play.com.au

Age: 32
Occupation: Endurance Athlete
State: Victoria
Tribe: Asaga

She stands just under 152 cm tall with a petite frame, but do not let Samantha's size fool you.

Samantha took up running in 2008 as a break from studying law and after just a 16-week training program, she completed the Melbourne marathon. She then looked for her next challenge, the 4 Deserts Grand Slam, four ultra-marathons across Chile, China, Sahara and Antarctica.

She made history by becoming the first woman and the youngest person ever to complete the race, which is known as one of the toughest endurance events on the planet.

Physically strong, Samantha says that strategic game play that will be hard for her. "I routinely push myself out of my comfort zone. However, the aspect of Survivor that means that you cannot trust people or count on them having your back is new to me. All of the projects I have worked on that take me out of my comfort zone have always involved collaborating with supportive people."

A World Vision ambassador, Samantha is passionate about human rights and aims to raise awareness and funds through her endurance runs. She has raised $50,000 for educating young women in South Africa and $30,000 for Save The Children.

Despite helping people every day through her charity work, her time on Australian Survivor will be different.

"When I am at the start line of a race, I have an inner mongrel spirit that comes out, and I think that's going to come out on Survivor," she said.

"I have more mental grit than anyone out there. I have the tools to win this. I have run marathons so I reckon I can hang on longer than anybody else."[1]

Sam, 37, Endurance Athlete, Victoria

Mark was last seen on Australian Survivor Season 2, where he formed a power couple with fellow castaway Sam. The two fell in love, were married in 2019 and have a son together.
Sam's mantra is "composure and calm, this is a marathon not a sprint", and says she doesn't have a game play as she wants to adapt to the people she is playing with.
Why do you think you were chosen to be on Survivor?
My husband and I met on Australian Survivor and made the cardinal sin of getting swept up in our connection at the detriment of playing the game. Our whole tribe turned against us and we were swiftly voted out.
What are you most looking forward to?

I've been dreaming about being on that mat for the very first challenge with JLP. The heart is pumping, and you know you are about to play a bloody tough but epic game.

Australian Survivor

2017

A self-confessed control freak, Samantha took it upon herself to ensure everyone was voting against either Kent or Joan once Asaga lost the first Immunity Challenge. She set it up so Joan would receive six votes and Kent would receive four. Her perceived bossiness quickly became an issue with Luke, Jericho, and Ben, so in response, Luke came up with an idea to cause a tie vote and shake things up. To Samantha's surprise, the result was a 6-6 tie, though Joan was voted out in the revote.

Slowly but surely, people became nervous around Samantha. This wasn't helped by her constant checking in with her tribemates to ensure no one was turning against her. Henry and Jacqui especially grew tired of her and also saw her as a threat due to her closeness with Mark. Henry attempted to throw a challenge to get rid of her on two occasions, only being successful on the second attempt at on Day 16. Samantha thought that the entire tribe aside from Michelle and Ben were on board to vote Michelle out with Ben as a secondary split vote target. Henry, Jacqui, Kent, Luke, and Sarah kept her thinking her plan would work despite Mark and Sam's suspicions. Ultimately, Henry and Jacqui were successful in ousting the perceived threat, ending Samantha's game at 19th place.

Voting History

Episode Samantha's
Votes
Voted Against
Samantha
1 Joan;
Joan1
-
2 Asaga Tribe Immune
3 Asaga Tribe Immune
4 Asaga Tribe Immune
5 Asaga Tribe Immune
6 Michelle Ben, Henry, Jacqui,
Jericho, Kent, Luke,
Michelle, Odette, Sarah
Voted Out, Day 16

^1 In "Episode 1", the vote ended with a 6-6 tie between Joan and Kent, forcing a revote. Samantha did not change her vote on the revote.

Australian Survivor: Blood v Water

Voting History

Episode Sam's
Votes
Voted Against
Sam
1 Blood Tribe Immune
2 Blood Tribe Immune
3 Sandra -
4 Mock Vote1
5 Blood Tribe Immune
6 Jay -
7 Water Tribe Immune
8 Sophie -
9 Water Tribe Immune
10 Mock Vote2
11 Croc -
12 Ben Individual Immunity3
13 Mel -
14 Mel -
15 Jesse -
16 Shay -
17 Jordie Jordie
KJ David
18 Michelle -
19 Jordie -
20 Jordie David, Jordie,
Josh, KJ, Shay
Voted Out, Day 40
Voted for
Sole Survivor
Mark

^1 In "Episode 4", the Blood tribe was subjected to a mock Tribal Council where the player they voted out was switched to the other tribe.
^2 In "Episode 10", the Water tribe was subjected to a mock Tribal Council where the players voted against were eligible to be kidnapped by the other tribe.
^3 In "Episode 12", Khanh originally won Individual Immunity, but gave it to Sam during Tribal Council.

Post-Survivor

Samantha & Mark on their wedding day

Trivia

  • Sam and her husband Mark are the second pair of returning players internationally with a familial relationship to compete in a season, following Rob and Amber Mariano.
    • Sam and Mark however are the first all-returning player pair to compete in a Blood v. Water format.
  • Sam is the highest-placing woman of the original Blood tribe.
  • Sam is the highest-placing castaway on Blood v Water to be eliminated before her loved one.

References

Australian Survivor (2017) Castaways
 AK
Samatau
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 Adam
Samatau
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 Aimee
Samatau
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 Anneliese
Samatau
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 Ben
Asaga
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 Henry
Asaga
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 Jacqui
Asaga
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 Jarrad
Samatau
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 Jericho
Asaga
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 Joan
Asaga
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 Kate
Samatau
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 Kent
Asaga
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 Locky
Samatau
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 Luke
Asaga
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 Mark H.
Samatau
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 Mark W.
Asaga
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 Michelle
Asaga
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 Odette
Asaga
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 Peter
Samatau
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 Samantha
Asaga
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 Sarah
Asaga
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 Tara
Samatau
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 Tessa
Samatau
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 Ziggy
Samatau
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Australian Survivor: Blood v Water Castaways
 Alex
Water
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 Amy
Blood
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 Andy
Water
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 Ben
Blood
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 Briana
Water
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 Chrissy
Water
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 Croc
Blood
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 David
Blood
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 Jay
Blood
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 Jesse
Blood
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 Jordan
Blood
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 Jordie
Water
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 Josh
Water
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 Kate
Blood
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 Khanh
Water
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 KJ
Water
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 Mark
Water
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 Mel
Water
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 Michelle
Blood
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 Nina
Water
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 Sam
Blood
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 Sandra
Blood
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 Shay
Water
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 Sophie
Blood
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