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Nicola "Ziggy" Zagame is a contestant from Australian Survivor (2017).

Arguably the strongest person on her season, Ziggy proved to be silent but deadly, creating bonds with many of her fellow tribe mates on Samatau. This allowed her to gain trust within her tribe, eventually being voted into a reward, which allowed her to find a super idol. Utilising this super idol to her advantage, Ziggy was able to fly through to the merge unscathed. Despite blindsiding Anneliese Wilson's elimination by playing her idol, Ziggy's status as a challenge beast weakened her influence on the game, resulting in her elimination.


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Age: 26
Occupation: Olympian
State: NSW
Tribe: Samatau

A two-time Olympic athlete and Olympic Bronze Medallist, Nicola is ready to see what it takes to be a Survivor.

Nicola, or "Ziggy" as she is known in the sporting world and to her friends, represented Australia in water polo at the London and Rio Olympic Games. She has recently retired and is looking at other sporting activities to get into while working as a radiologist in Sydney. But Australian Survivor is her focus for now.

"I already have two Olympic medals. If I can do that, I can win Australian Survivor."

The daughter of an Australian triathlete champion, Nicola has tried every sport under the sun and stays fit by running, surfing, yoga and lifting weights.

"I was born with a competitiveness. When I was a kid, I would race my parents and brother eating at the dinner table. I don't know why," she said.

Her strategy on the island is to focus on winning challenges and building multiple relationships while positioning herself in the middle of a strong alliance.

A former lifesaver and iron-woman, Nicola says her experience of water polo will also help her strategise and play people.

"People just think water polo is about what goes on above the surface, but 90% of it is what happens under the water. It is like being a smiling assassin. You have got to be cool above the water but under the water, you are throwing punches. I will be using some of those techniques to be the Sole Survivor."[1]

Australian Survivor

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Voting History

Ziggy's Voting History
Episode Ziggy's
Voted Against
1 Samatau Tribe Immune
2 Anneliese -
3 Tessa -
4 Tessa1 -
5 Aimee -
6 Samatau Tribe Immune
7 Samatau Tribe Immune
8 Mock Vote2
9 Samatau Tribe Immune
10 Samatau Tribe Immune
11 No Elimination3
12 Samatau Tribe Immune
13 Ben -
14 Samatau Tribe Immune
15 Samatau Tribe Immune
16 Luke Individual Immunity
17 Anneliese -
18 Peter -
19 Locky Individual Immunity
20 Sarah -4
21 Luke Jericho, Luke
22 Michelle Jericho, Michelle,
Peter, Tara
Voted Out, Day 47
Voted for
Sole Survivor

^1 In "Episode 4", Tessa used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Ziggy's vote against her.
^2 In "Episode 8", Samatau was subjected to a mock Tribal Council where the two players they voted out were switched to the other tribe.
^3 In "Episode 11", after winning the Immunity Challenge on Day 26, Samatau was subjected to a Tribal Council where they would vote for one person to compete for a special reward. Ziggy was voted by Samatau for the reward.
^4 In "Episode 20", Ziggy used a Hidden Immunity Idol, but did not negate any votes against her.


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  • Ziggy is the first Olympian to play on Australian Survivor. She is followed by Shane Gould and Lydia Lassila.
  • Ziggy is the first woman in Australian Survivor to use a Hidden Immunity Idol, but not negate any votes against her.


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