Susie Maroney and Andrew Ettingshausen are champion contestants in Australian Survivor

Laps of hunger: Marathon swimmer Susie Maroney represents the champions in the upcoming season of Australian Survivor.

Laps of hunger: Marathon swimmer Susie Maroney represents the champions in the upcoming season of Australian Survivor.

They're champions in their own right after having successful careers in sport, and now two well-known faces from Sutherland Shire are on a mission to be champion survivors.

Marathon swimmer Susie Maroney and Cronulla Sharks legend Andrew Ettingshausen join the cast of the next instalment of Australian Survivor on Network 10.

Australian Survivor: Champions Vs Contenders' is set to be a showdown, with experience battling it out against fresh blood.

Ready to rumble: Cronulla Sharks legend Andrew Ettingshausen dips his toes into Australian Survivor.

Ready to rumble: Cronulla Sharks legend Andrew Ettingshausen dips his toes into Australian Survivor.

Strategies, secret immunity idols and gut-churning dishes will be served up in the upcoming season.

Contenders will fight for glory against a tropical backdrop in Fiji.

Maroney, 44, is the most highly decorated long-distance swimmer in Australian history, showing her prowess in 1999 when she swam from Mexico to Cuba at a total distance of 200 kilometres in 38 hours - the world's longest open water swim that no one else has replicated since.

She hopes to follow in the footsteps of Olympic swimmer Shane Gould who took out the title of Sole Survivor last year.

Jonathan Lapaglia is back for season four of Australian Survivor.

Jonathan Lapaglia is back for season four of Australian Survivor.

Also representing the Shire, of NRL fame, Ettingshausen, 53, also known at ET - one of the most iconic names in the sport's recent history. He's renowned for being one of the best NRL players of time, having played 328 games for the Sharks across 18 years. These days, the dad to four daughters keeps busy with his fishing show, 'Escape With ET'.

They will be pitted against everyday Aussies in the world's toughest game of endurance and tactic.

After being dominated by the champions last season, thecontenders are hungry to prove Aussie underdogs have what it takes.

Airs soon on Network 10.

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