This year 24 people aged between 20 and 51 went to Samoa to battle each other and themselves, mentally, physically and emotionally, in Ten’s popular reality TV offering, Australian Survivor. Only one remained standing as Australia’s Sole Survivor.
And, of course, we can’t tell you who that is!
But we can tell you that local Lennox Head resident, Jacqui Patterson was one of those brave contestants.
She’s a big personality; describing herself as bit different, a straight shooter, raw, honest, bold and entertaining.
A lover of life and the odd glass of champagne, Jacqui is a Marriage Celebrant and at 50, one of the oldest contestants this year. She is super-fit and does boot camp, running, biking and stair work daily to keep her in shape. She also likes to surf with her husband Gaz.
Physically ready, there are a few things on the island that Jacqui was not looking forward to. But she said, ‘I was not excited about sleeping outside and in the rain and cold. I knew that wouldn’t be much fun.’
When asked why she decided to audition and compete with 23,000 others to secure a place on the show, she said, ‘I wanted to demonstrate to women of any age, but particularly of my era, that life doesn’t end at 30 – married with ankle biters, a housewife perm and stuffing your face with cupcakes,’ she said. Womens Health is something to pursue every day.
‘I felt I had something to prove.’