A Wallaby and a war veteran win Men’s Health Man of the Year awards

The third annual Men’s Health Man of the Year awards were hosted by Pacific Magazines at The X Studio in Sydney last night.

Triple M drive host Merrick Watts was the MC for the evening, which kicked off at 6:30pm with celebrities and other known personalities making their way to the media wall to pose for the shutterbugs. The official proceedings began an hour later when Watts took to the stage and talked about his intensive 12-week training. “Now I am a man with pecs,” he joked.

Merrick Watts at Men's Health Man of the Year awards 2016

Merrick Watts hosting Men’s Health Man of the Year awards 2016

Men’s Health editor Luke Benedictus then took to the stage to speak to the crowd. The guests watched a short video showing the challenges that all the contestants were put through for the awards.


Out of six finalists, war veteran Tim Wilson was crowned Men’s Health Man of the Year.

The Morning Show’s Larry Emdur, 2015 winner of Celebrity Men’s Health Man of the Year Award, declared Wallabies player Nick Phipps the celebrity winner of Men’s Health Man of the Year this year.

Celebrity winner Nick Phipps, Qantas Wallabies, and MHM 2016 winner Tim Wilson

Celebrity Man of the Year winner Nick Phipps from the Wallabies, and Men’s Health Man of the Year 2016 winner Tim Wilson

The other celebs competing for the title included My Kitchen Rules host Manu Feildel, model Didier Cohen, Fox Sports presenter Mark Gasnier, Home and Away actor Charlie Clausen, former AFL player Campbell Brown, and international T20 cricketer Brad Hogg.

Throughout the formalities, Watts was feeling particularly generous when it came to joking about people who were going to get some three-way action in bed last night. He pointed to at least five or six people throughout the 30-minute proceedings. The crowd responded enthusiastically when he joked the first time with Wilson about it.

Talking to Pacific Magazines CEO Peter Zavecz after the ceremony, he laughed: “We’ll have to have a closer look at the script next year.”

Nick Phipps' Men's Health cover

Nick Phipps’ Men’s Health magazine cover, which hits the stands on 4 May 2016.

Over 200 guests attended the event this year. Some big names in the crowd included Pacific CEO Peter Zavecz, the company’s commercial director and GM for food, family and home Gereurd Roberts, group publisher Jackie Frank, Men’s Health editor Luke Benedictus, Seven West Media’s Simon Francis, and Australia’s first Bachelor Tim Robards.

The award function was sponsored by Rexona, Schick, Seiko, Calibre, Swisse, and Toyota Corolla.

Featured photo: Didier Cohen, Charlie Clausen, Nathan McCallum, Nick Phipps, Manu Feildel, Campbell Brown and Mark Gasnier

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