Simon Dunn

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Simon Dunn
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Personal information
Nationality Australia Australian
Born 27 July 1987
Goulburn, New South Wales
Residence London, England, UK
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 99 kg (218 lb)
Sport
Country Australia Australia
Sport Bobsleigh Rugby
Team Australian Bobsleigh Team Sydney Convicts Rugby Club
Updated on 16 March 2016.

Simon Dunn (born 27 July 1987 in Goulburn, New South Wales) grew up in Wollongong, and was the first openly gay male to represent his country in the sport of Bobsled,[1] but then retired in 2016. He is currently based in London, UK and plays rugby.[2]

Career[edit]

Playing for the Sydney Convicts Rugby Union team

Simon Dunn, former rugby player and current member of the Australian Bobsleigh Team. Simon grew up playing rugby league south of Sydney, Australia in Wollongong.[3] Struggling with his own sexuality and life in sport, he gave up the only variable he has control over. Sport. Later in life getting back into the sport he loves and became player for the Sydney Convicts Rugby club.[4] Travelling to Canada to further his playing career, while he worked at the Canadian Sports Institute gym.[3] Simon had the opportunity to try out for the Australian bobsleigh team. In making this team and representing his country this made him the first out gay man to ever represent their country in the sport.[5] He was the brakeman for Lucas Mata.[4] Although in November 2016, he announced his retirement from the bobsleigh team.[6] He now plays rugby in London, UK with the Kings Cross Steelers.[7] Simon was also nominated and shortlisted for the Australian LGBTI Awards Sports Personality of the Year in both 2018 and 2019.[8] Simon also contributes as a columnist in Attitude Magazines online edition and more recently as a columnist on GuysLikeU and Gays With Kids.[9][6]

Media appearances[edit]

Using his newly obtained platform he now is driven to show the world that one’s sexuality has no bearing on their athlete ability and hopes to become the role model he yearned for growing up. His platform includes a strong social media following and in July 2015, he created YouTube channel. Being noticed and featured on the Buzzfeed website,[10] Simon was given the chance to appear in Attitude Magazines Naked Issue.[11] With his popularity among readers he was also later voted in number 1 of the magazine’s annual Hot 100 list.[12] Since the start of 2016, Simon has been featured in numerous print media, online and news articles,[13][14][15] around the world.

Sport and acceptance of gay athletes[edit]

Like Ben Cohen and Gareth Thomas, Simon Dunn is committed to making sport a more inclusive environment for gay men and is determined to encourage more of them to be out and open.[16][citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Akerston, Matt. "Australia's first gay bobsledder sleighs 'em". samesame.com.au. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  2. ^ Slovacek, Randy. "Simon Dunn Heats Up Winter For DNA Magazin". 19 March 2017. randyreport.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b Growden, Greg (30 March 2016). "Simon Dunn living sports dream only after enduring personal hell". espn.co.uk. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  4. ^ a b Elias Jahshan (Editor) Star Observer Magazine April 2014, p. 17, at Google Books
  5. ^ Magrath, Andrea (22 July 2015). "'If I can make one young gay teen see that sexuality shouldn't be a factor in sport - that's a win in itself': Bobsledder Simon Dunn beats Channing Tatum and David Beckham to title of hottest man in the world". dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  6. ^ a b Guiltenane, Christian (10 November 2016). "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: SIMON DUNN REVEALS SOME SHOCKING NEWS!". guyslikeu.com. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  7. ^ Guiltenane, Christian (19 April 2016). "KINGS CROSS STEELERS HUNK MARC LANDON: 'I MET MY BOYFRIEND ON THE TEAM!'". guyslikeu.com. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  8. ^ "SPORTS PERSONALITY". Retrieved 2 March 2018.
  9. ^ https://www.gayswithkids.com/search/?q=simon+dunn
  10. ^ "Community Post: Meet Simon Dunn, The First Out Gay Bobsledder". BuzzFeed Community. Retrieved 2016-03-17.
  11. ^ "Simon Dunn: Attitude Naked Issue 2015". Attitude Magazine. Retrieved 2016-03-17.
  12. ^ "Meet Attitude's HOT 100 winner, Aussie bobsledder Simon Dunn". Attitude Magazine. Retrieved 2016-03-17.
  13. ^ Kennedy, John R. "Australian rugby player turns to bobsleigh in Calgary with eye on 2018 Olympics". Global News. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  14. ^ Kennedy, John R. "Calgary's Simon Dunn named hottest man in the world". Global News. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  15. ^ "Australian bobsledder living in Calgary named 'World's Hottest Man' by UK magazine". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  16. ^ "Simon Dunn: 'I wish Keegan and Sam had been there when I was growing up'". Retrieved 2016-07-05.