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Samantha "Sam" Gash is a contestant from Australian Survivor (2017).

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.


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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]

Australian Survivor

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

Samantha's Voting History
Episode Samantha's
Voted Against
1 Joan;
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.


Samantha & Mark on their wedding day


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