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Sarah Dawson
S25 Sarah Dawson
Contestant Profile
Birth Date November 15, 1983 (1983-11-15) (age 31)
Hometown Silver Spring, Maryland
Occupation Insurance Sales


Tribe(s) Kalabaw
Placement 13/18
Challenge(s) Won 4
Vote(s) Against 5
Day(s) Lasted 13

Sarah Naomi Dawson is a contestant from Survivor: Philippines.

She is memorable for her quirky personality and kissing Jeff Probst following her elimination.


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Personal Claim to Fame: My car was once towed and I was able to talk the owner of the towing company into returning it for free. I have become a local legend.
Inspiration in Life: Neil Patrick Harris. Have you seen that man do a toe touch? Quite inspiring.
Hobbies: Surfing and adventure travel. I love getting to know foreign cultures and flipping strangers into amigos. Also, I think sarcasm should qualify as a hobby; it is an underrated art.
Pet Peeves: Societal pressures of conformity and disrespectful men.
3 Words to Describe You: Outgoing, spirited and competitive.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why?
1) A horse
2) An audience
3) A hot guy chef
SURVIVOR Contestant You Are Most Like: Sugar Kiper for her uncompromising moral compass and passion, and Sandra Diaz-Twine, because she is extremely calculating and strategic.
Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: I want to compete, be the Sole Survivor and win one million dollars!
Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I am personable, comfortable, experienced outdoors and very competitive. I made someone cry while playing Cranium once.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole SURVIVOR: People readily trust me, I am very good as a competitor, I won’t make anyone too bitter and I can talk people into anything.

Survivor: PhilippinesEdit

Dawson was a member of the Kalabaw tribe consisting of herself, Dana Lambert, Katie Hanson, Jeff Kent, Carter Williams, and returning player Jonathan Penner. Within the first three days, she was the only Kalabaw member who was aware of Kent's past as a baseball player, but kept it to herself. As Kalabaw successfully won 4 consecutive Immunity Challenges, Dawson did not have to strategize for several Tribal Councils, but did form an alliance with Lambert and Hanson when the guys of their tribe (Penner, Williams, and Kent) formed one of their own. On Day 11, the tribe gained a new member, Denise Stapley, but Dawson's alliance suffered a devastating blow as they lost Lambert, who pulled herself out of the game when she was too sick to continue. At the following Immunity Challenge, Kalabaw lost, with much of the blame going on Dawson and Hanson (Hanson was blamed for lagging the tribe at the beginning, and Penner personally blamed Dawson for messing up on the puzzle). While the tribe was sitting in their shelter, Dawson began making several references to baseball in order to mess with Kent's head, causing him to want her out that much more over Hanson as he realized Dawson could potentially hurt the chemistry he had with their tribe. At Tribal Council, Dawson was eliminated by an unanimous 5-1 vote. At a loss for words, she could only say "wow", but hugged Jeff Probst  and gave him a kiss on the cheek on her way out.

Voting HistoryEdit

Dawson's Voting History
Episode Dawson's
Voted Against
1 Kalabaw Tribe Immune
2 Kalabaw Tribe Immune
3 Kalabaw Tribe Immune
4 Kalabaw Tribe Immune
5 Denise Carter, Denise, Jeff,
Jonathan, Katie
Voted Off, Day 13


  • In February 21, 2015, Dawson got married with her fiancee in the Bahamas.[1]


  • Dawson kissed Jeff Probst twice: when he snuffed her torch, and at the Reunion show, both times against his will.
    • Jeff Probst claimed that his wife was never jealous of Dawson kissing him. Probst even stated his wife was a "good sport" about it.
    • Dawson is the second contestant to kiss Probst before leaving Tribal Council, following Jan Gentry from Survivor: Thailand when she was voted out.
  • Dawson is the first and so far only female contestant to go by her last name.
  • In a pre-game interview, Jeff revealed he didn't think Dawson would go far because of her offbeat personality.
  • Dawson received more votes at a single Tribal Council than any other female contestant on Survivor: Philippines with five.
  • Dawson was the first player to be voted out on Day 13.


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