Elena "El" Rowland is a contestant from Australian Survivor (2016).
Wishing to play a heroic game, El quickly found herself in the majority on the Aganoa tribe, becoming the main ally of Phoebe Timmins. After the tribe switch, she would eventually form a power trio with Flick Egginton and Brooke Jowett whilst also developing a strong bond with Lee Carseldine; these four, as well as Sam Webb and Matt Tarrant, would wind up taking control of the Fia Fia tribe. However, it became clear that Lee was her sole true ally; the pairing made it to the final three with the assistance of Kristie Bennett, but a shocking win by Kristie at the Final Immunity Challenge proved her undoing; due to Kristie's stronger bond with Lee, she became the final member of the jury.
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A corporal in the Australian army, El is also the founder of two charity organisations supporting homeless veterans and women in the Defence Force. A dental nurse by trade, El has been deployed to some dangerous places around the world and spent three months in Thailand after a tsunami.
She says: "We lived in collapsed buildings, ate nothing but rations, felt earthquakes, had tsunami scares, didn't sleep for days and didn't shower for the duration."
El has represented the Australian Armed Forces to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and has made it her mission to make a difference for women in the Defence Force. Mum to four-year-old Darcey, El says she finds humour in every situation and this is her coping mechanism. While physically fit from her love of playing sports like volleyball and netball, she also has a softer side and enjoys writing poems in her journal.
Deciding to apply for Australian Survivor was an easy decision for El. "I love adventures, challenges and meeting new people but deep down I applied because I want to inspire people to live the life they were born to live. I want to show people to trust their journey and that nothing is impossible."
El has already planned how she would split her winnings and says: "I'm going to give 10% to five of my favorite charities – Wounded Heroes, Cams Cause, Young Veterans, Ex Stone Pillow and Veteran's Health – and another 10% to a charity I have to decide on. Then I will put some away for my son and perhaps throw a bash to celebrate. I will go on a crazy holiday then probably invest the two dollars that are left."
As one of the more well liked and stronger members of the Aganoa tribe, El found herself in the majority alliance early on. The member she was closest to was Lee, and that friendship would later evolve into a somewhat romantic partnership. After helping vote out Des and Evan, El would not visit Tribal Council again for the rest of the pre-merge winning the remaining challenges before the swap. At the challenge that determined the new dissolved tribes, El was picked by the Saanapu tribe to join them due to her strength. She was joined by Lee, temporarily separated member Sam, and original Vavau member Jenna-Louise. Due to Jenna-Louise's outsider status and a lack of trust in Kylie and Nick, El and Lee saw their positions in the dominant Saanapu alliance improved. At the merge, El and Lee were a part of a massive alliance that seeked to target the remnants of Vavau that had been decimated by several Immunity Challenge losses. El did work to spare Kristie though from that Pagonging, think that she could use her vote later. That decision paid off when El was able to convince Kristie and Flick to blindsided Brooke. From that point on, El had control of the game and was able to eliminate the remaining original Saanapu members Sam, Matt, and Flick. At the final 3, El and Lee were confident one of them could win the Final Immunity Challenge since they had won a lot more individual challenges than Kristie. However, Kristie stunned them by winning final immunity. Kristie was closer to Lee and also felt El played the better game of the pair and voted El out, sending her to the jury. El was the sole voter for Lee to win the title of Sole Survivor, with Kristie garnering the other 8 jury votes.
|El's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|2||Aganoa Tribe Immune|
|5||Aganoa Tribe Immune|
|6||Aganoa Tribe Immune|
|7||Aganoa Tribe Immune|
|8||No Tribal Council|
|9||Saanapu Tribe Immune|
|10||Saanapu Tribe Immune|
|11||Saanapu Tribe Immune|
|12||Saanapu Tribe Immune|
|13||Saanapu Tribe Immune|
|14||Saanapu Tribe Immune|
|21||Brooke||Brooke, Matt, Sam|
|Voted Off, Day 54|
| Voted for|
^1 In Episode 23, the vote ended with a 2-2 tie between Matt and Sam, forcing a revote. El voted for Sam on the revote.
- El is currently in a relationship with Australian Survivor (2016) castmate and runner-up Lee Carseldine.
- She started a program called Belle of the Ashes to help and empower women.
- El is the only member of Aganoa to be voted out after the merge and the only member of Aganoa to be a member of the jury.
- El is the first person in Australian Survivor to be only juror to vote for a certain finalist while all other jurors vote for the other finalist.
|Australian Survivor (2016) Castaways|