Leo Delaney, a Dublin born male model, was crowned Mr. Ireland 2012 on October 31, 2012. The 22-year-old male model will represent Ireland in the Mr. World 2012 contest to be held in Kent, England on November 24th.
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Leo, who has been living in Limerick for the past five years studying Construction Management and Engineering in LIT, and who models part-time with the Celia Holman Lee Agency, won the regional heat early this year at The Strand Bar in Limerick. This qualified him for the final, which took place at the Clyde Court Hotel in Dublin.
Each contender faced a panel of judges that included Daily Update Editor Declan Leavy, photographer Evan Doherty, model and presenter Lisa Nolan, and Roz Flanagan of Dublin Housewives fame.
Commenting on his win Leo said: “I’m absolutely stunned; I did not expect to win so I’m delighted. It will be a great honour to represent Ireland at Mr World and I’m really looking forward to the event”.
Leo is the first Mr Ireland since Kamal Ibrahim, another Limerick resident who went on to win the Mr World title in 2010. Leo said: “Obviously Kamal’s success sets expectations high so I just intend to do my best and give it my all.
Leo will now join the other Mr World finalists in Kent on November 9th, where they will be pushed to the limits, testing their strength, intelligence and abilities. They will attend army boot camp, perform military drills and tackle the assault course. They will also be assessed on their media skills, their catwalk and sporting skills, while each contestant’s personality will be closely reviewed by the judges.
Assisting Leo in preparing for the challenge ahead is this year’s Mr Ireland sponsor the Paul Goldin Clinic. Commenting on the event Katie Jane Golden said: “We will work on increasing Leo’s confidence levels, work with issues such as public speaking, the stress and pressure of being a part of such a competition, teaching him how to relax, enjoy the opportunity and above all else, get in to a winning frame of mind. At the end of the day, if he doesn’t believe he can win, nobody else will believe it either. So I want to get his mind in the zone to win! Let’s bring home the crown again!!”
Courtesy of Daily News Update.