Australian Survivor contestant Barry Lea.
Australian Survivor contestant Barry Lea. Nigel Wright

Survivor's Barry hopes honest players will go the distance

CAIRNS radio host Barry Lea hopes an honest player wins Australian Survivor.

The former Rugby Union player was eliminated from Ten's reality show tonight after failing to help his tribe, Vavau, win a challenge.

The former Wallaby said he told the tribe to vote him off because he felt like he let them down when he couldn't get a fire started quickly enough in the challenge to avoid a trip to Tribal Council.

"Having come from a team sporting background, you know that you've got to have that ability to switch on and off," he told APN.

"It doesn't matter how your day has gone before the challenge. At that moment in time you've got to have that ability to do your best and give it 100 percent.

"I felt like I did let them down. Hopefully they'll go ahead and someone from Vavau might win it."

Australian Survivor contestant Barry Lea, left, pictured with his Vavau tribe members.
Australian Survivor contestant Barry Lea, left, pictured with his Vavau tribe members. Nigel Wright

The 44-year-old chose not to form any alliances with his tribe mates, a move which had already put a target on his back.

"The main idea I went in with was that it wouldn't change me as a person," Mr Lea said.

"Yes it's a lot of money (the $500,000 grand prize) but I wasn't in it for the money… there's no amount of money you can put on your own honour or dignity.

"A lot of people want to play an honest game, and there are quite a few players whose loyalty is their main strength."

He said he enjoyed being part of the show's "chilled out" tribe, which didn't suffer from the same in-fighting and paranoia as the two other tribes.

"I don't think viewers have seen how much time we spent in the water," he said.

Australian Survivor contestant Barry Lea, pictured centre back, with his Vavau tribe mates.
Australian Survivor contestant Barry Lea, pictured centre back, with his Vavau tribe mates. Nigel Wright

"If things got a bit hard for us then we'd just take time out and go for a swim. If someone was feeling down or out, that was the cue to chill out and clear your head."

He believes Sam and Connor's addition to his tribe, part of a swap with Nick and Tegan during Tuesday's dramatic Tribal Council, will ultimately benefit Vavau.

"Sam and Connor were two of Sanaapu's best ones, so we definitely saw that as a big benefit," he said.

"They came in with a clean slate; there were no judgements.

"That's the beauty about Vavau and I think it was an integral part of why we did well in the early days."

Australian Survivor continues tomorrow at 7.30pm on Channel 10.


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