Montgomery County dog trainer to compete in 'Survivor'

Posted August 10, 2010 1:35 p.m. EDT
Updated August 10, 2010 6:51 p.m. EDT

— "Survivor: Nicaragua" debuts next month on WRAL-TV and will feature three North Carolina castaways, including a Jackson Springs dog trainer.

Jane Bright, 56, describes herself as crazy, daring and honest.

"I'm not afraid to do things – if we get a snake or anything like that," she said. "I live on a farm. I deal with those things every day."

Bright's daughter, Ashley Hammett, is taking care of the farm while her mother is away. She said Bright is tough, especially after experiencing rough times recently. Bright's husband died a year ago.

"He knew that she's always wanted to be on that show, and coincidentally, a year after he passes away, she gets on the show. It's like he's coming back in spirit and just helping us out," Hammett said.

Hammett said her mother knows what she wants and isn't afraid to tell people.

"She bosses people around like you wouldn't believe," Hammett said. "If it's not done her way, it ain't done right."

Hammett said she hopes her mom's strong personality won't hurt her effort to win the $1 million prize.

"I hope she makes it far. I know these people can get along with her," she said. "I hope she can outlast them."

Bright said she is confident.

"I think there's a bunch of young girls there. I could outdo any of them on the fitness courses," she said. "If you think I'm an old hag, you're wrong, honey."

The Emmy award-winning "Survivor" franchise started in 2000. In this season, contestants will be divided into two tribes based on age.

The other North Carolina contestants on this year's survivor also include University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill medical student Kelly Bruno, 26, of Durham, and former UNC football player Chase Rice, 24, of Fairview.

"Survivor: Nicaragua" premieres Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m. on WRAL.