We hold our Mr VicBears competition each year in January and February as part of our VicBears BearFEST. During our annual competition we crown our Mr VicBears for the coming year who will represent us at the Mr Australasia Bear Contest during Southern HiBearnation. This is an important time of year for us as it forms part of the LGBTI community wide Midsumma Festival!
This year, our Mr VicBears Contest was held at the Laird on Saturday 25 January 2020.
Mr VicBears Title Holders
Matt Gardener (2019)
After winning the Mr VicBears title in January 2019, Matt went on to represent the club beautifully at a huge variety of events around Australia. Not only bear events from our associate bear clubs in Brisbane and Sydney but also at rural Victorian events such as Geelong Pride march were he proudly helped carry the club banner.
Matt has also gone above and beyond, representing the bear name at events such as Vice at the Laird where he was put on demonstration on stage and “roped up” by fellow sashbearded Michael Deppeler (Mr Australian Pup And Handler 2019).
Freddy Raftellis (2018)
Freddy took home the sash in April 2018. He went on to represent the VicBears at a huge variety of events around Australia. Not only bear events from our associate bear clubs in Brisbane and Sydney but also at many rural Victorian events!
Freddy also went above and beyond through his Auction event held at the Laird where he managed to raise over $5000 to help the implementation of a buddy program to pair an HIV positive mentor with a newly diagnosed ‘buddy’ in regional and rural areas, where there is little to no support or services to help newly diagnosed people living with HIV navigate their experience and connect with their community.
Previous Mr VicBears title holders include:
- 2017 – Michael Rigby
- 2016 – Patrick Greber
- 2015 – David Cooke
- 2014 – Erin O’Neil