Representing Ireland, Wayne Walsh, 28, will be one of the Top 12 semi-finalists of Mister World 2019. He earned the spot by winning one of the fast track events, which is the Extreme Challenge.
On August 12, 2019, the 72 candidates of Mr. World 2019 went to the Special Action Force (SAF) commando training school in Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines. Their physical strength and endurance were put to the test when each of them was was timed competing in the Slalom, Tyre Challenge and Sack Race.
It was Walsh who did the best time, making him the second candidate to advance to the semi-finals of Mr. World 2019. The first one was Fezile Mkhize, 28, of South Africa, who won the Sports Challenge at the Victoria Sports Tower in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines on August 9, 2019.
Hailing from Galway, County Galway, Connacht, Ireland, Walsh is a hurler, a professional trainer, a model and an actor. He is also an ambassador for male mental health awareness.
As a professional hurler, Walsh played for the Gort GAA Club, a Gaelic Athletic Association club located in Gort, County Galway. In 2014, he scored the winning goal in the Hurling County Final.
Walsh was crowned Mr. World Ireland 2018 at the Helix Theatre in Dublin, Ireland on September 16, 2018. He succeeded Darren King, 27, of Athlone, Ireland, who did not place in Mr. World 2016.
On August 23, 2019, Mr. World 2016 Rohit Khandelwal, 29, of India will crown his successor at the Mr. World 2019 coronation night at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. It will be the 10th edition of the international male beauty pageant.
Mr. World 2019 marks the first time the pageant is held in the Philippines. If Walsh wins the crown, he will be the pageant’s second titleholder from Ireland following Mr. World 2010 Kamal Orlando Ibrahim, 33, of Limerick, Ireland.
On August 8, 2019, Conan Daily had a quick chat with Walsh at the Mr. World 2019 press conference at Novotel in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Watch it here: