Whitby’s top bach­e­lor

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

For a man whose face and im­pres­sive abs grace two cal­en­dars this year, James Sharp is sur­pris­ingly shy about hav­ing his photo taken.

The Whitby-raised fire­fighter, 28, is Mr Au­gust in the 2013 New Zealand Fire­fight­ers’ Cal­en­dar and Mr April in the CLEO mag­a­zine cal­en­dar, which is also run­ning a ‘‘Bach­e­lor of the Year’’ com­pe­ti­tion be­tween its cal­en­dar models.

But de­spite be­ing cam­erashy, Welling­ton- based Mr Sharp thrives on a chal­lenge, so he en­tered him­self in the run­ning for the fire­fight­ers’ cal­en­dar shoot. CLEO saw the re­sult­ing photo and asked him to be one of its most el­i­gi­ble bach­e­lors.

‘‘I sort of mulled over it and I thought, ‘ why not?’,’’ Mr Sharp says. ‘‘I guess I feel quite re­served about hav­ing my photo taken, it’s not really me. But at the same time it’s a chal­lenge.’’

The win­ner will win a slew of prizes and con­tracts, but Mr Sharp says other cal­en­dar boys are far ahead of him in the vot­ing – con­tenders in­clude Ti­ta­nium boy- band mem­ber Jordi Web­ber.

Mr Sharp’s grand­mother is his big­gest fan, and his sup­port­ers in­clude his Tawa Cen­tral League foot­ball team­mates, although they tease him mer­ci­lessly, he says.

‘‘My foot­ball team def­i­nitely don’t let me for­get it.’’

Who­ever CLEO read­ers choose, Mr Sharp is as el­i­gi­ble as they come – he is sporty and ad­ven­tur­ous, count­ing among his hob­bies sky­div­ing, he­liski­ing and div­ing. He just got ac­cepted into the Fire Ser­vice’s Ur­ban Search and Res­cue squad.

He is also a de­mon in the kitchen, reg­u­larly knock­ing up bread, pizza and bak­ing from scratch and cook­ing for his col­leagues at Hutt Val­ley fire sta­tion.

There’s only one thing stop­ping Mr Sharp be­ing Welling­ton’s most el­i­gi­ble bach­e­lor – his girl­friend, Gemma van Baal.

‘‘Gemma’s pretty good about it all,’’ he says.

To vote for James visit www.face­book.com/ CLEO­magNZ. Vot­ing closes on Fe­bru­ary 28 and the win­ner will be an­nounced on April 15.

Model male: Whitby-raised fire­fighter James Sharp’s buff body, ad­ven­tur­ous hob­bies and kitchen prow­ess earned him a spot in two cal­en­dars this year.

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