Tina Marie Wesson is the Sole Survivor of Survivor: The Australian Outback. She later competed on Survivor: All-Stars and Survivor: Blood vs. Water.

In The Australian Outback, Tina played the role of the motherly figure at camp, whilst utilizing under-the-radar gameplay to take control of the Ogakor Alliance and convince Colby Donaldson to take her to the Final Two, winning the title of Sole Survivor in a close 4-3 jury vote, and becoming the first female Sole Survivor.

Her time in All-Stars was cut short as she was a target for being a previous winner. When her tribe lost the season's first Immunity Challenge, she was voted out at the first Tribal Council for being a previous winner and the weakest link.

She returned in Blood vs. Water with her daughter, Katie Collins. Although she initially found herself in control of the Galang tribe, her Galang Alliance was overthrown following the merge by the Singles Alliance. Despite being voted out at the final nine, she managed to get back in the game after returning from Redemption Island. However, when she failed to win the Final Immunity Challenge, she was voted out just one day before the Final Tribal Council.

Profile

Retrieved from CBS.com

Tina Wesson currently works as a private duty C.N.A. nurse while also working as a full-time mom. Formerly, she worked as a community education director, flight attendant, substitute teacher and a swimming instructor. Wesson obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in therapeutic recreation from the University of Tennessee in 1983. An avid athlete, she is most proud of having completed the Dublin, Ireland Marathon, placed first in the Tennessee State Racquetball Tournament and placed first in her age division in her hometown mini-triathlon, all in the same year (1998). Her quest in life continues to be to "live the life less ordinary." Wesson describes herself as happy, content, adventurous, outgoing, and very much in love. Her favorite hobbies are racquetball, paddleball, running, swimming, and motorcycling. Her favorite television show is Rosie, while her favorite feature films are Out of Africa and Shadowlands. She prefers classic, contemporary Christian, and pop rock music, citing Match Box 20 as her favorite band. While rooting for the University of Tennessee Volunteers, she's always game for a round of Balderdash. Her perfect day consists of eating a good breakfast followed by a ride on her motorcycle to the mountains with her husband and her best friend. After a hike, she'd play racquetball, take a shower, have dinner, see a movie while eating a big bag of popcorn and then head home to bed. She's an early riser. Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Wesson currently resides there with her husband, Dale, and her two children, Katie and Taylor. She is a member of the Outstanding Young Women of America and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Her birth date is December 26.[1]

Since being declared Sole Survivor of Survivor: The Australian Outback, Tina Wesson has been working as a motivational speaker, which has enabled her to travel around the country encouraging people to do whatever it takes in order to live a fulfilling life. She takes her motto, "It is a mistake to not live all you can!," very seriously. She previously worked as a private duty nurse, a community education director, flight attendant, substitute teacher and a swimming instructor. Tina obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in therapeutic recreation from the University of Tennessee in 1983. An avid athlete, she is most proud of having completed the Dublin, Ireland Marathon, as well as placing first in the Tennessee State Racquetball Tournament and in her age division in her hometown mini-triathlon, all in the same year (1998). Tina describes herself as happy, content, adventurous, outgoing and very much in love. Her favorite hobbies are racquetball, paddleball, running, swimming and motorcycling. Her favorite television show is Survivor, while her favorite feature films are "Out of Africa" and "Shadowlands." She prefers contemporary Christian and pop rock music, citing Matchbox 20 and John Mayer as her favorite artists. While rooting for the University of Tennessee Volunteers and the Tennessee Titans, she's always game for a round of backgammon. Her perfect day consists of eating a good breakfast followed by a ride on her motorcycle to the mountains with her husband and her best friend. After a hike, she'd play racquetball, take a shower, have dinner, see a movie while eating a big bag of popcorn and then head home to bed. She's an early riser. Born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Tina currently lives there with her husband, Dale, and her two children, Katie, 16 and Taylor, 15. She is a member of the Outstanding Young Women of America and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Her birth date is December 26, 1961.[2]

Name (Age): Tina Wesson (52)
Tribe Designation: Returning Player
Relationship to Significant Castaway: Katie's Mother
Previous Season: Survivor: Australia – winner; Survivor: All-Stars – non-jury, 1st out
Current Residence: Robbinsville, N.C.
Occupation: Motivational Speaker
Why Did You Want to Return to Survivor and Play with Your Loved One? Survivor gets in your blood. It is a thrill and an honor and a quest to get to play! Then to be able to share the experience with my daughter who happens to also be my best friend, what a gift![3]

Survivor

The Australian Outback

As part of the Ogakor tribe, Tina was not targeted in the beginning of the game, seeming to mesh well with all her tribemates and was not seen as a physical liability, despite losing the Day 6 Immunity Challenge for Ogakor.

When Ogakor lost immunity on Day 15, Tina proved to be a strategic player when she managed to convince allies Colby Donaldson and Keith Famie to force a tie between Keith and Mitchell Olson (who was aligned with Amber Brkich and Jerri Manthey), whereby Mitchell would be voted out due to his previous vote at the Day 12 Tribal Council. Tina's plan worked, eliminating Mitchell and allowing her, Colby, and Keith to wrestle control of the Ogakor Alliance from Amber and Jerri.

When the tribes merged into the Barramundi tribe on Day 20, the tribe was evenly divided between the original members of Ogakor and Kucha. Facing a tie at the first Tribal Council as a merged tribe, Tina threw the first individual Immunity Challenge to Keith, thereby preventing the Kucha Alliance from being able to vote against him, preventing the possibility of Keith being eliminated due to previous votes if the vote resulted in a deadlock. The Ogakor Alliance then voted for Kucha's Jeff Varner; the vote indeed resulted in a deadlock and Jeff was eliminated by virtue of his previous votes, effectively handing control of the tribe to the Ogakor Alliance. Tina's subsequent strategic prowess then allowed the Ogakor Alliance success over the Kucha Alliance by systematically eliminating them, while having a perfect timing to eliminate two of their own, Jerri and Amber, when needed.

After Amber's departure, Tina, Colby, and Keith took control and eliminated the remaining two Kuchas, Rodger Bingham and then Elisabeth Filarski, at the next two Tribal Councils. After Colby won the Final Immunity Challenge, he chose to eliminate the unpopular Keith instead of Tina, a move that would ultimately cost him the win.

At the Final Tribal Council, Tina became the Sole Survivor in a 4-3 vote, in which she gained the votes of Elisabeth, Jerri, Keith, and Alicia Calaway, making history by becoming the first woman to win the game.

Voting History

Tina's Voting History
Episode Tina's
Votes
Voted Against
Tina
1 Ogakor Tribe Immune
2 Kel -
3 Maralyn -
4 Mitchell;
Mitchell1
-
5 Ogakor Tribe Immune
6 No Tribal Council
7 Jeff;
Jeff2
-
8 Alicia -
10 Jerri -
11 Nick -
12 Amber -
13 Rodger -
14 Elisabeth -
15 Ineligible -
Jury Votes
for Tina
Alicia, Elisabeth,
Jerri, Keith
Sole Survivor, Day 42

^1 In "The Killing Fields", the vote ended with a 3-3 tie between Keith and Mitchell, forcing a revote. Tina did not change her vote on the revote.
^2 In "The Merge", the vote ended with a 5-5 tie between Colby and Jeff, forcing a revote. Tina did not change her vote on the revote.

All-Stars

It's our game now, get off our playing field!

–Jenna Lewis, in reference to the returning winners, including Tina


Tina returned for Survivor: All-Stars and was initially placed on the Saboga tribe. The tribe was immediately divided between three pairs: Jenna Lewis and Tina's former The Australian Outback tribemate Jerri Manthey over their resentment of having previous winners, as well as Tina and Jerri's past history, Tina and Africa winner Ethan Zohn, who aligned out of necessity as former winners, and Rudy Boesch and Rupert Boneham, who found themselves in the middle of the other two pairs.

After Saboga lost the first Immunity Challenge, Jenna L. and Jerri targeted Tina over Ethan, feeling that Ethan's physical abilities would be more valuable in challenges. In response, Tina and Ethan targeted Jenna L., who was leading the charge against the former winners. Though both sides attempted to secure Rudy and Rupert as the critical swing votes, at Tribal Council, Rudy and Rupert decided to align with Jenna L. and Jerri, sending Tina home in a 4-2 vote.

Voting History

Tina's Voting History
Episode Tina's
Votes
Votes Against
Tina
1 Jenna L. Jenna L., Jerri,
Rudy, Rupert
Voted Out, Day 3

Blood vs. Water

Although Tina came into the game with her daughter Katie Collins as part of the Blood vs. Water twist, host Jeff Probst shocked the castaways on Day 1 when he revealed that the loved ones would be split into separate tribes. Tina was placed on the Galang tribe, which consisted of ten returning castaways. At the First Impressions vote immediately after, Tina joined the majority in sending Candice Cody to Redemption Island. However, her tribemate Rupert Boneham decided to go to Redemption Island in place of his wife Laura Boneham, so Laura B. joined Galang in his place. On Day 5, she became part of the Galang Alliance led by Aras Baskauskas. When Galang finally lost immunity on Day 13, Tina joined the majority in blindsiding Laura Morett.

Tina, along with Monica Culpepper, Kat Edorsson, and Laura B. remained on Galang after the tribe switch. They were joined by Tadhana members Katie and Vytas Baskauskas. When Galang lost immunity, it appeared that Vytas who was the only male member on Galang would be the target. However, after Kat said she wanted Monica out, Tina questioned her loyalty and told Monica. At Tribal Council, Tina joined the majority in blindsiding Kat. When Galang lost immunity again, it appeared Vytas would be the target. However, Laura B.'s decision to tell Vytas he was the target made Tina and the other women wary of her. Consequentially, Tina joined the majority in blindsiding Laura B.

The tribes then merged into the Kasama tribe on Day 19, along with Laura M., who won her way back from Redemption Island. After the first individual Immunity Challenge, Aras suggested that they split their votes between Laura M. and her daughter Ciera Eastin, with Tina, Katie, and Vytas on board. However, Tyson Apostol rallied the others against Aras. Tina voted for Ciera at Tribal Council, but Aras was blindsided. Upon returning to camp after the vote, Tina called out Monica and Tyson for the blindside, but several of the tribe members defended themselves by telling Tina that Aras had several alliances. At the next Tribal Council, Tina joined the majority in voting out Vytas. Tina was voted out in a 7-1-1 vote at the following Tribal Council, and was sent to Redemption Island.

On Redemption Island, Tina managed to win or come in second in all the duels. After winning the final duel, she returned to the game. At camp, Tina and Ciera tried to convince Monica to side with them. Tina and Ciera voted for Gervase Peterson at Tribal Council, but Monica stayed loyal to Gervase and Tyson, who played a Hidden Immunity Idol on Gervase, so Ciera was voted out, leaving Tina on the outs. After Tyson won the Final Immunity Challenge, Tina tried to convince Monica that she should make a big move and vote for Gervase, forcing a fire-making tiebreaker, but Monica decided to stick to her original alliance and Tina became the last member of the jury.

At the Final Tribal Council, Tina asked the finalists to pick one word to describe themselves. Tina was one of the seven jurors who voted for Tyson to win.

Voting History

Tina's Voting History
Episode Tina's
Votes
Voted Against
Tina
1 Candice -
Galang Tribe Immune
2 Galang Tribe Immune
3 Galang Tribe Immune
4 Galang Tribe Immune
5 Laura M. -
6 Kat -
7 Laura B. -
8 Ciera -
9 Vytas -
Tyson Caleb, Ciera, Hayden,
Gervase, Laura M., Monica, Tyson
Voted Out, Day 24
10 On Redemption Island
11
12
13
14
Returned, Day 36
14 Gervase1 -
Gervase Gervase, Monica, Tyson
Voted Out, Day 38
Voted for
Sole Survivor
Tyson

^1 In "It's My Night", Tyson used a Hidden Immunity Idol on Gervase, negating Tina's vote against him.

Post-Survivor

Tina's book.

  • In May 2001, Tina was featured as a panelist on Hollywood Squares along with the other The Australian Outback castaways for Survivor Week. Tina appeared in three episodes, two as an individual[4][5] and one where she was paired with Maralyn.[6]
  • In 2001, Tina also graced the cover of the July–August issue of Racquetball magazine.[7]
  • On January 6, 2002, Tina, along with Gervase Peterson, appeared on a celebrity edition of The Weakest Link.[8] She was the fourth one voted out,[9] but did receive the house minimum of $10,000 for her charity.
  • On January 10, 2002, Tina was seen in the audience at the Africa Reunion Show, sitting beside Borneo castaway Rudy Boesch.
  • Tina recruited her family friends Hope & Norm Davis to compete on the second season of The Amazing Race.[10]
  • On May 19, 2002, Tina, along with Africa winner Ethan Zohn, appeared live going into commercial break chatting with Rosie O'Donnell during the Marquesas finale episode "The Sole Survivor". Rosie asked Tina who she thinks would win Marquesas and Tina said Neleh Dennis would win while Ethan said Vecepia Towery would win.
  • Tina wrote an inspirational book entitled, "Out Live, Out Laugh, Out Love". that was published in 2006.[11]
  • In Summer of 2009, Tina, along with the other first eighteen Survivor winners, appeared on a TVGuide special "Survivor Millionaires: Where Are They Now?"[12]
  • On December 3, 2013, Tina's son, Taylor Lee Collins, died in a car accident.[13]
  • Tina, along with eight other former castaways competed on a Survivor edition of The Price Is Right primetime special that aired on May 23, 2016.[14] Tina and her partner, Donna, did not make it up on stage.
  • Tina was inducted to the Survivor Hall of Fame on December 13, 2016.[15]

Trivia

  • Tina's luxury item in The Australian Outback was a backgammon board.
  • Tina is the first castaway to make it to the Final Tribal Council without winning individual immunity and subsequently the first castaway to win Survivor without winning individual immunity.
  • Tina is the first winner to not receive an elimination vote against her at Tribal Council.
  • Tina is the first finalist to have every castaway they voted against at Tribal Council be voted out.
  • Tina currently owns the Barramundi tribe flag after a deal with Colby Donaldson that whoever won would have the right to own the flag. She claims that it still smelled as it did during the game.
  • As revealed at the Reunion Show, Tina was originally an alternate for The Australian Outback, and was called to the show only a week before filming began.[16]
  • Tina is the first castaway to be voted out as a returning player.
    • By extent, Tina is the first Sole Survivor to be voted out in a subsequent attempt.
  • Tina is the first contestant to finish in 18th place in a season of Survivor.
  • Tina is the oldest castaway in Blood vs. Water.
  • Tina, along with Colby, Amber Mariano, Jerri Manthey, Ethan Zohn, Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham, and Coach Wade are the only six castaways to compete in seasons with 16, 18, and 20 castaways.
  • Tina is the only castaway to play in multiple seasons of Survivor that were longer than 39 days.
  • Tina is the first castaway to return twice after winning a season.
  • Tina is third winner to become a member of the jury on a subsequent attempt. She follows J.T. Thomas and fellow Blood vs. Water castaway Aras Baskauskas. Tina is also the only former winner to return from Redemption Island.
  • Tina lost 18 lbs. during her time in Blood vs. Water.[17]
  • Tina is one of the eight castaways who have experienced all the phases of all the game, being voted out pre-merge, post-merge, and making it to the Final Tribal Council. She was voted out pre-merge on All-Stars, post-merge on Blood vs. Water, and made it to Final Tribal Council on The Australian Outback. Her fellow The Australian Outback finalist Colby Donaldson, Rob Mariano, Stephenie LaGrossa, Tyson Apostol, J.T. Thomas, Aubry Bracco, and Parvati Shallow are the others.
  • Tina is one of five returning players who has competed on at least three seasons but has never won an individual Immunity Challenge. The others are Cirie Fields, James Clement, Jeff Varner, and Sandra Diaz-Twine.
  • Tina has only received elimination votes at Tribal Councils where she was voted out.

References

Preceded by
Borneo
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Richard Hatch
Sole Survivor Titleholder
The Australian Outback
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Tina Wesson
Succeeded by
Africa
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Ethan Zohn
Survivor: The Australian Outback Castaways
 Alicia
Kucha
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 Amber
Ogakor
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 Colby
Ogakor
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 Debb
Kucha
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 Elisabeth
Kucha
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 Jeff
Kucha
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 Jerri
Ogakor
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 Keith
Ogakor
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 Kel
Ogakor
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 Kimmi
Kucha
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 Maralyn
Ogakor
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 Michael
Kucha
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 Mitchell
Ogakor
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 Nick
Kucha
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 Rodger
Kucha
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 Tina
Ogakor
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Survivor: All-Stars Castaways
 Alicia
Chapera
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 Amber
Chapera
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 Colby
Mogo Mogo
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 Ethan
Saboga
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 Jenna L.
Saboga
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 Jenna M.
Mogo Mogo
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 Jerri
Saboga
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 Kathy
Mogo Mogo
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 Lex
Mogo Mogo
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 Richard
Mogo Mogo
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 Rob C.
Chapera
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 Rob M.
Chapera
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 Rudy
Saboga
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 Rupert
Saboga
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 Shii Ann
Mogo Mogo
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 Susan
Chapera
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 Tina
Saboga
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 Tom
Chapera
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Survivor: Blood vs. Water Castaways
 Aras
Galang
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 Brad
Tadhana
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 Caleb
Tadhana
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 Candice
Galang
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 Ciera
Tadhana
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 Colton
Galang
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 Gervase
Galang
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 Hayden
Tadhana
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 John
Tadhana
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 Kat
Galang
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 Katie
Tadhana
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 Laura B.
Tadhana
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 Laura M.
Galang
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 Marissa
Tadhana
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 Monica
Galang
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 Rachel
Tadhana
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 Rupert
Galang
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 Tina
Galang
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 Tyson
Galang
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 Vytas
Tadhana
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