July 23, 2015 7:52 pm
Updated: July 28, 2015 6:44 am

Calgary’s Simon Dunn named hottest man in the world

Simon Dunn is in Calgary training to compete on the Australian Olympic bobsleigh team.

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TORONTO — Calgary athlete Simon Dunn has been chosen by readers of a British magazine as the hottest man in the world.

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The 27-year-old bobsledder beat stars like Channing Tatum and One Direction’s Liam Payne in the annual Hot 100 poll by Attitude.

Dunn bumped British diver Tom Daley from the top spot.

“To think I have been voted number one and beat guys like Tom Daley and Liam Payne is beyond me,” Dunn told the magazine.

“I’m absolutely convinced my mother had all her friends vote for me.”

Dunn, who grew up in Australia, arrived in Canada in 2013 to pursue his passion for rugby. He started playing with the Canucks Rugby Club and landed a job at the Winter Sports Institute at Olympic Park — where he fell in love with bobsledding.

In Calgary, openly gay Dunn trains to compete on Australia’s bobsleigh team at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.

“Growing up playing in a rugby league, I always felt I wasn’t worthy because of my sexuality,” he told Global News in December. “Not realising that was the only difference between me and them and it had nothing to do with my physicality as a player.

“Now with bobsleigh it’s more about being the best athlete I can. My sexuality isn’t, and shouldn’t be, a contributing factor.”

Dunn’s habit of showing off on social media was likely a contributing factor in earning the most votes in the Hot 100 poll, where he is followed by Tatum, Payne and Daley.

The rest of the top 10 consists of actors Chris Evans, Chris Pratt and Zac Efron; soccer star David Beckham; British rugby player Stuart Reardon; and comedian Joe Lycett.

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