Occupation: Fast Food Attendant
State: Western Australia
The youngest of this year’s contestants, Ben works as a fast food attendant and lives at home with his parents. Describing himself as “odd”, Ben is currently single and thinks his lack of flirting skills is to blame. “My Tinder profile states ‘I’m single and ready to mingle but not very good at mingling’. I plan on keeping flirting to a minimum on the island because it’s not exactly my strong point.”
A super fan of the series, he watched last year’s Australian Survivor with a keen eye, choosing Phoebe as his favourite player. “Not only was it an epic move when she played her idol and kicked off Craig, but it showed the rest of the [contestants] how to finally play,” he said.
Ben’s knowledge of the game and his age are his strongest points of difference. “I think I’m here because I’m authentic and believe that I can navigate my way through the game, despite my young age. I’m unique in the sense that I don’t have much life experience and have never left home but hopefully that will work for me.”
Ben is also hoping to get through to the final merge and play as an individual, as he thinks that is where his strengths will lie. “I’m a notorious klutz so in challenges that require some dexterity, I may provide some comedy gold. My strength will be in endurance-based challenges,” he said. “Mentally, I have not prepared whatsoever as I don’t believe there is much that can prepare you for this experience. Physically, I’m trying to gain weight so I’ve got reserves.”