Timely Encounters owner Jayne Close is hoping to kick the stigma surrounding speed dating and bring Rockhampton’s single men out of hiding.
Timely Encounters owner Jayne Close is hoping to kick the stigma surrounding speed dating and bring Rockhampton’s single men out of hiding. Allan Reinikka

Dating service missing guys

IT'S been a wet summer for Rockhampton, but according to Jayne Close it certainly hasn't been raining men.

The owner of Rockhampton's new speed dating service, Timely Encounters, said while she had so far received a great response from single women, Rockhampton's men were nowhere to be seen.

"I just want to know, where are all the men at?" she said.

Jayne said since the business started in December more than 80 people had registered.

"The problem is a large percentage are female," she said.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, at June 30 2010, just over half of the Rockhampton region's population were male.

And with the recent mining boom bringing more men to the area, Jayne was surprised with the dating service's response.

"I was expecting more guys than girls," she said.

"The younger men seem to be in on it but the older age groups are lacking."

Apart from speed dating, Timely Encounters now offers Mingle at Dinner nights, where a dinner is organised for three men and three women.

Jayne said she was hoping that this would attract some of the older men.

"I think maybe they are too nervous to come to speed dating," she said.

"There's this stigma that they'll seem desperate, but that's got nothing to do with it."

Jayne has already got one success story, with two of her speed daters falling madly in love.

"They're soul mates," she said.

Jayne encouraged the single men of Rockhampton to come out of hiding.

 

ALONE ON VALENTINE'S DAY?

  • Timely Encounters Singles Party at the Heritage Hotel
  • February 14
  • Perfect Match theme
  • For more info phone Jayne on 0401 219 078


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