When you found out you’d be on the show, did you expect you’d make it to the final?
Nay Maps: It was my intention and belief from the very beginning to make it to the final and compete for the R1 million.
Once you found out who your competitors (individuals and teams) were, did you feel as confident about making it to the end?
Rudi Witkowsky: I’ll be honest; with the first few individual challenges I thought that I would truly make it to the final. In the end, I won none of them. I learnt a lesson in the first week of being on #TIOT8 that everyone was chosen for a reason and that this truly is anyone's game. Once the teams were selected I had mixed feelings and was even more weary. I knew that the game would not be easy as each team had something different and special about them. We had to remain true to ourselves and believe in our own capabilities.
What surprised you most about this season of Tropika Island of Treasure?
Nay Maps: What surprised me most was the elimination of Team Coral so early in the competition, as well as the Slenda Twists throughout the season.
Rudi Witkowsky: I did not expect the points system to be a rolling points system (where points were accumulated after each challenge). Also, watching the show from your TV screen is a lot different to actually competing in the challenges. It’s easy to judge from your lounge what to do and what not to do. In the actual moment you have minimal time (and maximum stress and pressure) to make rational decisions.
What did you enjoy most about being on TIOT8?
Nay Maps: I enjoyed spending time in the Maldives which I had always wanted to experience and see; I enjoyed meeting the amazing people I met and spending time together with them - we really had so much fun. I also thoroughly enjoyed laughing and learning more about myself and life; and most of all, I’m grateful for the friendship I found in my team mate, Rudi.
Rudi Witkowsky: I enjoyed meeting new people and interacting with all the different types of personalities and learning about different cultures. I also really enjoyed experiencing the smoooth island life from a different perspective - instead of just lounging by the pool, we were extremely active all day competing in challenges (in one of the most beautiful places on earth!) It was my first time in the Maldives and I absolutely loved it. I will never forget the experience.
Where to, for you, from here (beyond TIOT8)?
Nay Maps: Here’s to more traveling, more laughter, inspiring more people, touching more lives and making an impact through my motivational talks, fashion, acting career and music. I will be releasing my first music single towards the end of this year, so keep an eye out for that. I also intend to work on other big TV shows and blockbuster films in SA and in Hollywood.
Rudi Witkowsky: I recently quit my 9-5 accounting desk-job and decided to pursue my true passion of fitness and health. TIOT8 made me realise that there is more to life (for me) than chasing money, and I have decided to pursue my true passion – fitness. I am in the process of opening up my own private fitness studio in Cape Town, and will also offer at-home personal training, selling workout plans, and offering corporate wellness and fitness advice. In addition, I will also continue to pursue my modeling and acting career; and will be getting into motivational speaking – with focus on inspiring the youth of today to follow and live out their dreams.
I will never forget the journey with TIOT8 and I am forever grateful for it. I will speak about it forever. The people I met and the friends I made were amazing and truly are lifelong friends today. Thank you TIOT8 for the experience of a lifetime. I do not know how to thank you enough. I wish everyone had the opportunity to experience it. I learned so much about myself and life. It was something I truly needed.