My Mr.World experience was something l never ever imagined it to be. I find it all still very funny to this day that l am the official Mr.Scotland 2016!
“Who would have thought?” Definitely not me!
My initial thoughts were the competition was going to be men taking part in a national beauty pageant showing off, filled with egotistical materialistic minded men who only cared about themselves. But l was completely proven wrong in that retrospect feeling terribly guilty for even having those thoughts.
Considering l do modelling, which does involve looking pretty shall we say, l am quite the outdoorsman who likes to get his hands dirty up in the mountains exploring being a proper lads lad from time to time while hitting the gym, meditating, yoga, aspiring mountaineer, being a professional ice hockey player for seven years & overall being as active as possible. I was putting myself into something where l was expected to be a clean cut, well trimmed - while trying to constantly look good maintaining an appearance of a respectable gentlemen while being a good soul (which is something l practice everyday especially the good soul bit).
For anyone that reads this l'm sure they can probably relate in someway as l know there is many men who have thought of beauty pageants but think its just more so a girly thing to do. But l can assure you from what l experienced during my time at Mr.World being around all of these other men representing there country l was blown away. I not only learned more about myself but how genuine & honest the people around me were. It was a breath of fresh air especially coming from a professional sports background where the atmosphere can be amazing but also extremely toxic in many ways.
I had recently gotten back from hiking base camp Everest & had been laying low for about two weeks until l got the call from my modelling agency asking if l would be interested in being Mr.Scotland, of course l wasn’t going to put this opportunity down, it was another adventure into an unknown world which l am forever chasing.
I went through a series of meetings, which involved Miss.Scotland 2015 Mhairi Ferguson & Janis Sue Smith Managing director for Miss.Scotland/Mr.Scotland asking me questions, getting to know more about me, my future ambitions, what to expect if l am to become the next Mr.Scotland.
It had been a process over a few weeks chatting with Mhairi & Janis, then about 2 weeks later l got the call confirming l was the next Mr.Scotland. I was overwhelmed, really cool feeling to get that call & finding out that a week later l would be leaving for South Port, England where the Mr.World contest would take place competing along side 48 other contestants representing there country for the chance in becoming Mr.World 2016, getting to travel the world, helping out charities, sharing good vibes & making an impact. I was pretty gutted it was in South Port as l was really hoping it was going to be in a more exotic country but hey ho it didn’t make the experience any less awesome, especially being blessed with beautiful hot weather during the whole two weeks.