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Last week, 11 contestants vied for the title of Mr. Gay Europe 2017 and here’s who won the competition.
In the end, Matt Rood, Mr. Gay England, was the winner of the night to grab the title of Mr. Gay Europe 2017. The 37-year-old rom Brighton won the Social Media Challenge (SoMe) and “My Project” challenge, he came second in the preliminary interview, the photo challenge and the sports challenge, and he came third in the written test and forth in the online vote. His total score came to 845 out of a maximum 1200.
Commenting on Mr Gay England’s win, the president of Mr. Gay Europe, Tore Aasheim, said: “Matt Rood is one of the most dedicated and hardworking gay activist that I have had the honor to get to know through Mr. Gay Europe.”
“With his big heart, his kind attitude but also strong devotion, and with a project that shows that he really put his money where his mouth is, Matt both showed us his commitment and the fact that you don’t need to be a twink to win Mr. Gay Europe,” Aasheim says.
In a statement submitted before he took part in the competition, Rood said he hoped to use the platform to promote same-sex adoption and fostering. He wrote:
Taking part would enable me to use this as a platform to help promote equality in the adoption and fostering services. As a former foster carer and an out and proud gay man I have knowledge and experience of this subject and would like to encourage a positive attitude globally. This opportunity has excited me from the very first moment.
Saturday’s final in Stockholm saw a a clean-sweep for the British Isles after Scotland came in third place and Wales fourth, both ahead of Mr Gay Portugal, who finished in fifth.
So guys today's the last day to get those votes in to make me Mr Gay Europe 💖 can't believe how fast the past two weeks have gone! ❤️ I want to take this opportunity to THANK EVERYONE who has liked, shared and voted for me, you guys are my serious motivation and I couldn't have made it this far without all of your support. 😘 So for one last time please vote for me to become Mr Gay Europe and allow me the pleasure to bring back the title to England ❤️🙏🌈😘 VOTING LINK IS IN MY BIO http://www.mrgayeurope.com/vote/ #mrgayeurope2017 Photo: @michael_bielby ❤️ #GAY #gayuk #vote #please #photo #gayengland #weights #fitness #muscle #gaymuscle #abs #sixpack #flag #happy #me
Rood will hold the title of Mr. Gay Europe, the LGBT Ambassador until next year’s competition, which will be held in Poland from August 4 to 12, 2018.