Is Ken the sexiest man in Casino?
By NERIDA BLOK
KEN McPherson reckons he's the sexiest beast around.
At 74 years of age, the former amateur boxer is the oldest contestant for the inaugural Mr Beef beauty pageant at Casino's Beef Week next week.
"It will take a handsome brute to beat me," laughed Mr McPherson, who will represent Casino RSM Youth Club.
"I'm intelligent, handsome, modest ? and I have a muscular body from lifting 10-ounce glasses."
Casino RSM Club sports co-ordinator, Kenny Woodhams, initiated the event to promote Beef Week in a fun fashion and 'give balance to the sexes'.
"We've had Beef Week Queen for a number of years so we thought it was time for the men to crack it," he said.
But unlike Miss Beef Queen, Mr Beef will be based purely on looks.
"This is a real traditional beauty contest," he said.
"The more beef the better."
Mr Woodhams said the event would take place on Saturday, May 28, when contestants go through a brief interview by him, with final judging made by the Carlton United Brewery girls.
He said entry criteria was wide but speedos must be worn during the 'swimsuit section'.
"Alternative dress will be allowed but points will be deducted," he said.
With 12 nominations already received from sporting associations, Mr McPherson will strut his stuff against a much younger field.
But he believes he has a winning strategy.
"I'm eating plenty of meat and working out at the gym," he said.
Asked about his perfect woman, an interview question to be asked, the sexy septuagenarian said: "I don't know, I've never thought about women in the last 20 years," he said.
"Perhaps a 19-year-old blonde, no previous experience necessary."
Mr Woodhams praised Mr McPherson's co-operative spirit in getting involved in the pageant.
"Ken has been involved in our youth club for many years and, as you can see, there's nothing he won't do to support young people in the town," he said.
Mr Beef will win for his sporting club a prize to the value of $300. Entries will be accepted by the club un- til Friday, May 27.