by Alexia Austin
IF YOU had ventured into the Royal on 99 this Sunday night, you would have heard cheers, applause and laughter coming from the upstairs sports bar.
Just back from her overseas adventure, Roma woman Tara Pitt has been named one of the members of this season's Australian Survivor cast, a reality series that has 24 contestants playing to win while living in remote and harsh conditions.
On Sunday family and friends of Ms Pitt gathered at the Royal to enjoy the Survivor season premiere on the big screen and to cheer on the Survivor hopeful as she watched the island footage for the first time.
Ms Pitt admitted she had not seen much of the series prior to applying but in winning a spot on the show she quickly brushed up.
"I definitely wasn't a fan but I watched last year's episodes and thought I'm going to give this a crack,” she said.
"I all of a sudden became a massive fan of the show, I watched every episode of the American series trying to work out a strategy.”
Ms Pitt, who grew up in Beaudesert before moving to Roma for 11 years, is a barrel racing enthusiast, a fact she discusses in the opening episode of the series.
In applying for a position, she had the full support of her family, husband Michael and three sons Jett, Zai and Nash to fly to Samoa for 55 days of filming.
"My mum lives with my kids, so I knew all the family would be fine and I decided to give it a go,” she said.
"This was also the first time I have travelled overseas and it was to compete, so that was huge.”
Ms Pitt, who is studying a Bachelor of Education, believes her experience and attitude put her in good stead for the series, which often focuses on stealth and strategy.
"There is a physical side, social side and strategy side to the game and I think I definitely played a social game,” she said.
"You are not there for a holiday, so you have to fight for your life and stay in the game and it just goes to show you have to have both social and mental skills to prevail.”
Ms Pitt decided to bring her first episode celebration back to Roma, to enjoy among family and friends.
"I knew I definitely had to come back to Roma, as I wanted to be with all the people that supported me and got me there,” Ms Pitt said.
Tune in to Channel 10 on Monday at 7.30pm to see Ms Pitt's next move.