Kiwi wins Mr Gay World

SARAH MACKENZIE
Last updated 13:08 05/08/2013
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VICTORIOUS: Mr Gay World 2013 Chris Olwage with Tom Linn, who helped him get to Antwerp through sponsorship from his company Wireless Nation.

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ON A ROLE: Chris Olwage during the first day of the Mr Gay World competition.

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New Zealand man Chris Olwage has won the title of Mr Gay World in Antwerp, Belgium.

Olwage is the second Kiwi to win the competition in two years with Andreas Derleth bringing it home in 2012.

"I'm feeling amazing," the newly crowned Olwage told Gaynz.com.

"The abject fear of what I've just taken on is becoming quite apparent," he added.

The 27 year-old dancer and personal trainer won a close compeition to represent New Zealand at the event.

Fellow Kiwi, and 2012 Mr Gay World winner, Andy Derleth was among the seven members of the judging panel, and said while the judges were not able to discuss their scores, the result spoke for itself.

Derleth told Gaynz.com that Olwage beat some impressive competition from across the globe to claim the title.

"He won three challenges; the swimwear, the art project and national costume – he carried that one out very well. It was a Maori-inspired outfit and he threw in some dancing and a bit of haka moves. It was impressive, it was amazing," he said.

Olwage has been training in dance for the past four years, focusing on contemporary, with ballet as an accompaniment. He was well known in Auckland's GLBT community for his work as a safe-sex campaign Get It On! model as well as his regular dance performances, GayNZ said.

He entered New Zealand's Got Talent last year, performing gender-exploding take on the 'Black Swan.'

New Zealand has had a solid run in Mr Gay World in the past three years, with back-to-back wins preceded by Christchurch’s Aaron Comis finishing fifth and picking up Mr Gay Photogenic in Manilla in 2011.

Olwage heads back to New Zealand on 18 August, and will be at Queenstown’s Gay Ski Week at the end of the month.

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