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Sarah Naomi Dawson is a contestant from Survivor: Philippines.

Dawson was the only member of the Kalabaw tribe to recognize Jeff Kent as a former professional baseball player. She misplayed this advantage, tipping her hand to Jeff while refraining from productively using the information against him. This resulted in her elimination after her women's alliance with Dana Lambert and Katie Hanson crumbled, as Jeff had identified her as a threat.


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Name (Age): Sarah Dawson (28)
Tribe Designation: Kalabaw
Current Residence: Silver Spring, Md.
Occupation: Insurance Sales
Personal Claim to Fame: My car was once towed and I was able to talk the owner of the towing company into returning it for free. I have become a local legend.
Inspiration in Life: Neil Patrick Harris. Have you seen that man do a toe touch? Quite inspiring.
Hobbies: Surfing and adventure travel. I love getting to know foreign cultures and flipping strangers into amigos. Also, I think sarcasm should qualify as a hobby; it is an underrated art.
Pet Peeves: Societal pressures of conformity and disrespectful men.
3 Words to Describe You: Outgoing, spirited and competitive.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why?
1) A horse.
2) An audience.
3) A hot guy chef.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Sugar for her uncompromising moral compass and passion, and Sandra, because she is extremely calculating and strategic.
Reason for Being on Survivor: I want to compete, be the Sole Survivor and win one million dollars!
Why You Think You'll "Survive" Survivor: I am personable, comfortable, experienced outdoors and very competitive. I made someone cry while playing Cranium once.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: People readily trust me, I am very good as a competitor, I won't make anyone too bitter and I can talk people into anything.[1]


Dawson was a member of the Kalabaw tribe consisting of herself, Dana Lambert, Katie Hanson, Jeff Kent, Carter Williams, and returning player Jonathan Penner. Within the first three days, she was the only Kalabaw member who was aware of Kent's past as a baseball player, but kept it to herself. As Kalabaw successfully won 4 consecutive Immunity Challenges, Dawson did not have to strategize for several Tribal Councils, but did form an alliance with Lambert and Hanson when the guys of their tribe (Penner, Williams, and Kent) formed one of their own. On Day 11, the tribe gained a new member, Denise Stapley, but Dawson's alliance suffered a devastating blow as they lost Lambert, who pulled herself out of the game when she was too sick to continue. At the following Immunity Challenge, Kalabaw lost, with much of the blame going on Dawson and Hanson (Hanson was blamed for lagging the tribe at the beginning, and Penner personally blamed Dawson for messing up on the puzzle). While the tribe was sitting in their shelter, Dawson began making several references to baseball in order to mess with Kent's head, scaring him and causing him to want her out that much more over Hanson as he realized Dawson could potentially hurt the chemistry he had with their tribe. At Tribal Council, Dawson was eliminated by a unanimous 5-1 vote. At a loss for words, she could only say "wow", but hugged Jeff Probst and gave him a kiss on the cheek on her way out.

At the Reunion Show, Dawson runs up to Jeff and kisses him once more causing a wild reaction from the audience.

Episode Tribe
Challenge Challenge Type Sit-Out? Result
1 Kalabaw Share the Wealth Reward/Immunity No 1st
2 Manila Folders Reward/Immunity Yes 2nd
3 Deep In Thought Reward/Immunity Yes 1st
4 Swing Break Reward/Immunity Yes 2nd
5 Idol Hands Reward No Lost
Thrash, Splash & Bash Immunity No Lost
Voted Out, Day 13

Episode Dawson's
Voted Against
1 Kalabaw Tribe Immune
2 Kalabaw Tribe Immune
3 Kalabaw Tribe Immune
4 Kalabaw Tribe Immune
5 Denise Carter, Denise, Jeff,
Jonathan, Katie
Voted Out, Day 13


  • After she got voted out, Dawson appeared on Rob Has A Podcast playing "Survivor Jeopardy" with Colton Cumbie and Spencer Duhm. She came in 3rd place with 0 dollars.
  • In February 21, 2015, Dawson got married to her fiancée in the Bahamas.[2]
  • Dawson gave birth to twin boys named Eden and Eliot on January 5, 2018.[3]


  • Dawson is the first woman to go by her last name and the second contestant overall to do so, after John Cochran.
  • Dawson is the second contestant to kiss Probst before leaving Tribal Council, following Jan Gentry when she was voted out in Thailand.
    • Jeff Probst claimed that his wife was never jealous of Dawson kissing him. Probst even stated his wife was a "good sport" about it.


Survivor: Philippines Castaways
S25 abimaria t
S25 angie t
S25 artis t
S25 carter t
S25 dana t
S25 dawson t
S25 denise t
S25 jeff t
S25 jonathan t
S25 katie t
S25 lisa t
S25 malcolm t
S25 michael t
S25 pete t
S25 rc t
S25 roxy t
S25 russell t
S25 zane t