Manu has become very well known from her Reality TV appearances on Discovery Channel's "Naked and Afraid" - Double Jeopardy, National Geographic's "Mygrations" and Discovery Channel Curiosity "I'Caveman". She just recently attempted Naked and Afraid's 40 Day Challenge in the Philippines. Unfortunately, she withdrew and flew to Australia for family emergency.
Since 2013, Manu has become one of the most trusted and loved member of the community working with families teaching swim classes, being a nanny, babysitter and of course teaching children basic survival. Her purpose found her and has become her passion. Working with children and having become a great mentor for many. In 2014, she started working with a exceptional company which serves LAUSD as part of the Adventure Programs and After School Programs.
Her qualifications include NOLS Wilderness First Aid, Red Cross First Aid, Life Guard Certification and in Australia, obtained training with the Saint John's Ambulance and Medical Training in the Australian Army.
Manu’s interest in survival training began the day she was born in far North Queensland, Australia. Her life growing up on a farm forced many encounters with dangerous wildlife, including several of the world’s top ten deadliest snakes, wild dingoes, poisonous spiders, kangaroos, wild boars, and saltwater crocodiles. From an early age, Manu had to adapt and improvise to the tough environment thrown at her. Manu was exposed not only to the dangers of farming activity, but also a climate of extreme heat and humidity. She learned at an early age to rely on instincts and use common sense.
Among many experiences in which the environment taught her to rely upon her instincts are times such as, one specific event, while attending to the chickens after sunset, she stepped barefoot on a snake. Her immediate instinct indicated that she step on the head and continued to apply pressure until help arrived. Another remarkable childhood experience, while kayaking through the mangroves, a saltwater crocodile barged the kayak tipping it over, and attacked her dog. She credits her quick reflexes and the dog’s sacrifice as the reason why she’s still alive.
At age 17, Manu first joined the 31 RQR (Infantry Reserve Unit) Army and served as full time Reservist for the first year of her 8 years in the military. During her last several years in the military, she was posted to Operation Deployment Forces as Transport Support, in which she spent months in the year doing field training exercises. The military helped her adapt her natural instincts into a more educated form of survival. Being required to sleep on the ground, one of her first times in the field, her instincts came into play when one night a snake slid into her sleeping bag. Instead of panicking she waited until first light to alarm the CO of the situation. After unzipping her sleeping bag, they found a King Brown, one of Australia's deadliest snake had made its home between her legs! Again, Manu escaped without injury.
Her career in the Australian Army ended abruptly when she sustained a broken knee injury. For almost 7 years, she had multiple knee reconstructions on both knees. This took a hard toll on her life and lifestyle both mentally and physically. It meant trying to rediscover who she was and what it was that she was meant to do in life. It took almost two decades to finally overcome all her fears and reinvent herself by realizing what her passion is.
Manu relocated to Seattle in 1998 for school. UNFORTUNATELY, AFTER A HORRIFIC EVENT THAT NO WOMAN SHOULD EXPERIENCE, struggled to find housing. Forced to live homeless, she found work washing dishes in various restaurants in exchange for a hot meal and a drink at closing. Gradually, she made enough money to afford a gym membership so that she could have a hot shower and work toward improving her situation. Now living in Los Angeles, she has conquered desert, jungle, and urban environments, using her determination and willingness to improvise in order to survive.
Manu's life has been full of challenges and she has faced many adversities. Her determination to fight through difficult times has made her the woman she is today.
HER DETERMINATION TO FIGHT THROUGH DIFFICULT TIMES MAKES HER WHO SHE IS TODAY. EVEN THOUGH LIFE CAN SOMETIMES BE TOUGH, SHE TAKES IT AS AN INVALUABLE LESSON IN LIFE TO ULTIMATELY BECOME A BETTER PERSON AND LEARN FROM MISTAKES AND BAD CHOICES; AFTER ALL, WE ARE ONLY HUMAN.