Carpenter a hot Qld tradie
IPSWICH carpenter Michael Stephenson knows his way around a building site but it is his winning smile and muscles that have secured him a place among the state's hottest tradies.
The 27-year-old was named in Queensland's top five as part of RSVP's annual search for Australia's Hottest Tradie.
One hundred and fifty tradesmen from across the state entered this year's competition, with the public voting for the best five pieces of eye candy.
The men will be flaunting their good looks and practical know-how at the state final on March 30 at the Pig 'n' Whistle in Brisbane.
The state winner will go on to compete for the national title at the grand final in Sydney in April.
Mr Stephenson said he had been surprised to hear he had made the top five.
“I didn't expect it at all,” Mr Stephenson said.
“I just entered as a bit of fun.”
The Bundamba resident admitted he was a bit apprehensive about next Wednesday's final, with the top five set to take part in a photo shoot during the day, as well as undergoing an interview and “getting their gear off”.
“I have to get half naked in front of a room full of women,” Mr Stephenson said.
“I'm a bit nervous about that.”
The 27-year-old is the co-director of Ipswich-based Tredmac Building and Carpentry Services.
He said since entering the competition he had copped a bit of flack from the guys on the building site.
“I'm used to the ridicule by now,” Mr Stephenson said.
“But everyone has been really supportive.
“As much as they gave me flack, they also got in and voted.”
A former Ipswich Rangers player, Mr Stephenson said he liked to keep fit through martial arts and hitting the gym.
He said he was happy to represent the city at the final.
“I'm proud to be from Ipswich,” Mr Stephensen said.
The competition, now in its third year, scours the country to uncover the hottest tradesmen Australia has to offer.
Nationally, more than 730 tradies entered this year's competition and more than 300,000 votes have been cast by the public.