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Survivor SA's Zavion: I left the game happy

2014-05-05 13:28
Cape Town - With an airtight alliance the former decathlete Zavion Kotze was set on making it to final two.

In a brilliant game plan by the underdogs Sivu and Buhle, Zavion became the 16th castaway to be eliminated from the island.

We spoke to Zavion about alliances, his superhuman like strength and throwing challenges.

Let’s talk about the blindside, did you at any moment think that you would be leaving?
No, I was completely blindsided I didn’t see it coming. It was an awesome, brilliant move.

What has been your most memorable moment on the island?
Seeing my mom. It was her first overseas trip, I would never have been able to give her the opportunity to travel, so it was amazing sharing it with her and I will never forget it. I always watched survivor and dreamt about winning an immunity challenge, it was an amazing feeling winning individual immunity challenge. That also goes down as one of my memorable moments.

What was your strategy going into the game. You were one of the first people to start an alliance and that went bad, how did you adapt your strategy?
My strategy was to go in and be in the background, I didn’t want to come across as a threat. That first challenge with Solly, pride got in the way and I beat him. As soon as I got to the island I was approached, but we were all just rookies in the game then that you know how it ended. I had to change my game plan and it got me very far. It was calculated, I was in the background when i needed to be and in the foreground when i needed to be. I left without any regrets and I’d definitely go back.

You have been labelled a physical phenomenon by your team mates, how did you keep up you fitness levels on the island?
Honestly, it was very hard to keep up my strength and fitness levels. I lost 15kgs. By day 25 my body failed me, my legs didn’t want to work I had no strength. And that’s why I opted to have ice cream in the one challenge. It was a real battle.

What will you be basing your final vote on at Tribal council?
I will be basing my vote on how they played the game and how the money will change their lives. I have two favourites, Graham and Sivu, they have played the game well and orchestrated major blindsides.

You said you threw some challenges, if you could go back would you do it again?
Yes absolutely, it was vital that I didn’t come across to strong with the challenges. I had to back off to push some other people into the lime light. The puzzle challenge was tough it was a real feather in my cap winning it, it showed I wasn’t all muscle. It was a good challenge to win.

What has been the most valuable lesson this experience has taught you?
Survivor taught me invaluable lessons. It taught me who to trust and who are special to me in my life. It also taught me about hunger, it changed my concept about what hunger is and what it’s like to go without food. It also taught me humility you have to be humble in this game. I left the game happy.

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