Will struts runway for screams

ROCKHAMPTON hottie Will Wheatley is used to mixing beats behind the turntable at Strutters Nightclub, but on Saturday night he gave the girls a chance to scream.

The curly, dark-haired bloke stepped on stage to impress judges and the ladies of Central Queensland with his charming smile, fit physique and natural stage presence.

Despite a close call between first and second place, Will was crowned winner of the city’s first male model competition, Manhunt Australia.

And while Will, who has just completed his second degree, in Occupational Health and Safety, said he did it for a bit of fun, the personal trainer admitted the nerves kicked in backstage at the packed-out Strutters Nightclub.

“I was nervous beforehand, but as soon as I hit the stage there wasn’t time to think about it,” Will said yesterday, when he caught up with The Morning Bulletin.

It was a closely contested competition with runner-up Anthony Vidler.

Will said was stoked to get first place.

“I thought Vids would win for sure,” he said.

Although Will isn’t sure if he will make the national finals in Darwin next week, he said it would be a good experience.

“I would love to head away to the national finals in Darwin, but not sure if I will be able to or not at this stage,” he said.

Will said it was reassuring having a group of supporters including his mates and girlfriend to cheer him on as he made his way down the catwalk in eveningwear and swimwear.

When the 23-year-old isn’t playing DJ or working at Rockhampton’s Goodlife Health Club, he likes to relax with a few beers and footy with his mates.

During the competition, one of the seven gutsy contestants known as “DJ” put on a bit of a show for the ladies when he stripped down to a g-string.

Although he went against the rules, the crowd cheered him on the catwalk.

Just over $400 was raised for the local Rural Fire Brigade during the event.



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