Issa Schultz

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Issa Schultz
Born (1984-03-01) 1 March 1984 (age 39)
Other names"The Supernerd"
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom, Australia
OccupationTelevision quiz personality
Known forThe Chase Australia
Hell's Kitchen Australia

Issa Schultz (born 1 March 1984)[1] is a British-Australian television quiz personality best known for being one of the "chasers" on The Chase Australia, where he is nicknamed "The Supernerd".[2]

In addition to his current role on The Chase Australia, Schultz is also a nine-time winner of the Australian Quizzing Championships (2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021, 2022)[3][4] and seven-time Pairs champion (2012–17, 2020). He also appeared on The Rich List, where he won $200,000 in 2009, as well as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and The Einstein Factor.[2][5]

His name Issa is an Arabic version of the name "Jesus", which he was named after a best friend of his parents when they worked in Qatar in the 1970s.[6] Schultz and his family moved to Australia from Britain in 1995.[7] They settled in Tewantin, Queensland and Schultz attended Noosa District State High School. He was one of the four school captains in 2001.[8]

In 2017, Schultz appeared as a celebrity contestant on Hell's Kitchen Australia.[9][10]

Schultz placed 23rd in the 2020 World Quizzing Championships.[11]

In March 2022 it was announced that Schultz would stand in for Anne Hegerty in ITV's Beat the Chasers after she tested positive for COVID-19.[12]

In May 2023, it was announced that Schultz would be competing in the twentieth series of Dancing with the Stars. He was paired with Lily Cornish.


  1. ^ "Issa Schultz (@Issa25)". Twitter. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Seven previews The Chase". Mediaweek. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Press Release: "Supernerd" regains national quiz title". Retrieved 8 June 2016.
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  5. ^ "Master of trivia to be crowned on the Gold Coast". Pan Pacific Masters Games. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  6. ^ "The Chase Australia" (PDF). p. 5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  7. ^ Dale, David (4 October 2015). "Other game shows 'too slow' for The Chase's Supernerd". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  8. ^ Rex, Sarah (13 February 2016). "The Supernerd – one of the smartest men on television". Sunshine Coast Daily.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ Saw, Amelia (24 March 2017). "The celebrities taking on Marco Pierre White in Hell's Kitchen Australia are named". Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  10. ^ Coster, Alice (24 March 2017). "Hell's Kitchen Australia host doesn't know the celebrity contestants". Herald Sun. Retrieved 24 March 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Results – World Quizzing Championships".
  12. ^ "Anne Hegerty forced to pull out of Beat the Chasers as she announces replacement". 18 March 2022. Retrieved 18 March 2022.

External links[edit]

  • "Supernerd". Yahoo!7. The Chase Australia. 3 September 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015.