They work hard, but look hotter
IPSWICH has another claim to fame, with two of its tradies in the running for the title of Australia's Hottest Tradie.
Carpenter Michael Stephenson, 27, and apprentice electrician Jacob Stephan, 21, are among the more than 320 tradesmen who have entered the annual RSVP competition.
Scorching his way into the Queensland top five is Michael Stephenson.
The 27-year-old is also the co-director of Ipswich-based Tredmac Building and Carpentry Services.
A former Ipswich Rangers player, Mr Stephenson said he liked to keep fit through martial arts and by going to the gym
The single tradie said he had entered as a bit of a laugh.
“I didn't do it to find a partner, I did it for a bit of fun,” Mr Stephenson said.
“But we will see what happens.”
Jacob Stephan is also flying the flag for the city.
The Karalee resident said he liked to look after himself, visiting the gym on average five days a week.
He also plays for the Ipswich Jets Rugby League Club, although he is currently sidelined with an injured foot.
Mr Stephan said his job also kept him fit.
“I work on a building site which consists of 50 storeys,” Mr Stephan said.
“I have to go up and down a fair bit.
“I also have to pull a lot of electrical cable.”
The former St Edmund's student is happily coupled up, having met his girlfriend of five years, Rachel, while in high school.
“She was a bit surprised when she found out I was in the competition,” Mr Stephan said.
“I think everyone was.”
Voting is open until midnight on March 8.
Mr Stephenson said he was hoping to keep the votes rolling in, with the top five finalists to go through to the state final on March 30 at the Pig 'n' Whistle in Brisbane.
“Admittedly I have been pushing hard for the votes,” Mr Stephenson said.
“There are a lot of good-looking men on the site, so to be in the top five is a victory for the average man.”
The state winner will go on to compete for the national title at the grand final in Sydney in April.