About Jarrod Bachelor Mr Gay UK 2003

Welcome to the "Mr Gay UK" website. My name is Jarrod Batchelor and on the 23rd August 2003 I was luckily enough to be crowned Mr Gay UK 2003-2004. 

The reason I'm writing this biography is because I wanted people to get to know their Mr Gay UK and so thought I'd write a few paragraphs about me, my life to date and what I hope to "give and gain" from being your Mr Gay UK. 

So where do I begin? I suppose as Maria from "Sound Of Music" would say, "Let's start at the very beginning, that's a very good place to start" (*I promise it won't stay as camp as this*). Grin. 

I was born in Newport, Isle of Wight on the 15th September 1979 (you've all missed my birthday now, moan) and grew-up there a relatively happy boy. I am the youngest of three siblings and still �Mummies Little Blue-Eyed Boy'... according to them! I was spoilt as a child, for use of a better word, and was a very popular boy having many friends and even girlfriends before the age of 9! 

It was around this time that I knew that something wasn't quite "right", and when I say "right" I, of course, mean conventional. I had no idea what being "gay" meant but I knew that this wasn't something that my peers or family would understand. I therefore did what most other older boys'/younger men would do in the same situation and denied its existence. I courted (thanks for the vocabulary mum) girls in the normal way and proceeded to lead a conventional life at school. I wanted to hide that part of me I hated. I'd been taught all along that homosexuality was wrong. I felt disgusted and ashamed that I was affected with this illness and wanted no one to know of my shame. 

Although I did all this to keep myself hidden, somehow I still stood out from the crowd and the bullying started. I thought I was a strong individual. I thought I could treat it as "water-off-a-ducks-back"... but I under-estimated the damage that bullying could do to me. I became a recluse at home and at school. For the majority of my adolescence my family didn't know me. I would tell them nothing of the pain at school in fear that they would believe them and think the same. In fact, I wouldn't speak to them at all. My "family" became just people I lived with. I look back now and am saddened by that wasted time. Especially the time with my grandparents who passed away a few years ago. (Still think of them both...a lot). 

However, out of all this pain there has come plenty of good!!!! If I could be so tacky as to mention a favourite saying of mine: 

"From the desolate ashes rose the phoenix, so full of beauty and power. Marvel at her spirit" 
I have no idea where it came from, but read it at school once. If anyone knows can you let me know? :0) 

My past experience has shaped the way I see the world, the way I treat people and has given me the energy to go and grab life with both hands and not let go. I used to be shy and reclusive. Now I am confident, full of self-esteem and always looking for the next adventure. My past experiences have hardened me and made me a fighter. (I feel a Christina Aguilera song coming on!) 

The Isle of Wight was never the place for me to be. London had always been a place of wonder. After all, I was (and still am in a way) a country boy! Ah, bless! After a stay in Southampton (2� years), I decided London was where I belonged. So I just packed up and went. I quit my good job working in Investments and Life Policies for HSBC and went. That was January 2003 and I've never looked back! 

I've met some amazing people in London (as well as Southampton) and would like to make a special mention to some of those that I couldn't be here today without. 

Special thanks go to my Barneys, (AKA Dave & Glen) who made London possible for me and are still my greatest fans LOL! To Coro and Alan who are part of my family. To Colin in Southampton, who's been the best brother (or is it aunty) I could've had and not forgetting Nicky, the fag hag lesza wife � Champers alright for you Nix? 

So, drawing to a close what is Mr Gay UK about? 

For me, Mr Gay UK is about being a voice. A voice that sends a message. Whether that message is a speech in a bar, or an interview for the general media or simply making a personal appearance somewhere... he should make a difference, even if that difference is a small one. This is what I intend to do with the time I've been given. Bullying is a serious problem for many young people, gay and straight alike. It is an issue that had a huge impact on my life and I hope to help reach those feeling the same as I did � isolated, confused and alone! Hopefully, they will realise as I did that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. 

Thanks of reading this far, and I hope to see you all very soon. If you'd like to comment on this Biography, please email me, as I would love to hear from you. Sadly I can't respond to every message I receive, but I do try my hardest! 

With Warmest Thoughts, 

Jarrod 
Xxx

Jarrod becomes patron of the Albert Kennedy Trust

The AKT provides lesbian, gay & bisexual young people who are homeless or living in a hostile environment with lesbian or gay homes where they can live and rebuild their lives. 

Whether it is building up their self-esteem, finding a job, making friends, learning life skills or reconciling them to their parents, our carers are there for them. 

The service they provide is mainly for 16-18 year old young people (up to 21years old will be considered depending on the individual circumstances) and is called a 'supported lodgings scheme' 

This is something close to Jarrods heart and was over the moon to be the patron. 
It is also Jarrods chosen charity for the Games on Channel 4  

website :- www.akt.org.uk

Join 8 million viewers this April

10 celebrities have begun a gruelling 12-week regime of intensive training in preparation for the second series of The Games, Channel 4's celebrity sports event and reality TV's toughest test of physical and mental strength. 

Jarrod Batchelor is one of the 10 celebrities fighting for the title. 

What Jarrod wrestle, dive, sprint, vault hurdle, speed skate and do gymnastics. 

The week-long competition will be broadcast live on Channel 4 in nightly hour-long programmes hosted by Jamie Theakston. 

This year you will be able to see Jarrod live 10 hours a day throughout the competition on E4! 

Tickets for the events in Sheffield can be purchased on 0114 2 56 56 56 

website :- www.channel4.com

Jarrod raises record funds for AKT

Jarrod Bachelor, a patron of the trust and current Mr Gay UK, dedicated the �15,000 from his win on Channel 4's The Games.  

According to Bachelor, there could be no better benefactor. "I remember being bullied at school because I was gay and I wanted this money to go to AKT as they support young gay people at a time in their lives when they need it most," said Bachelor. 

The money will be used to kick start funding for a carer/mentor programme. 

Richard McKendrick said, "We continue to receive between two and three calls every day from vulnerable gay and lesbian teenagers desperately in need of our help. These young people may well end up on the street because we don't have the resources to help them. 

"Jarrod is a shining example and an inspiration to all young gay teenagers growing up in a hostile environment because of their sexuality. We are delighted that he has chosen to give this money to the Albert Kennedy Trust," Richard McKendrick continued. 

This is said to be the most any patron has raised for the Charity and the AKT are very please with the amount raised and hopes to work with Jarrod more after he hands over his Tiara this November live on LIVINGtv.

Jarrod Goes Down Under

Over the last few months of 2004 Jarrod has spent most of his time in the Sunny land of OZ and not the one with wicked witches and flying monkeys but the home of classics such as Prisoner: Cell Block H, Neighbours and Home and Away. 

His decition to move out there comes as no suprise to Mr Gay UK Ltd. His love for the country and of cause his Hunky Austrailian Boyfriend has made the decision easy. 

Jarrod promises he will not forget all his fans in the UK or stop helping out in anyway in the UK where he can. After all you will see him back on Channel 4 in April 2005 on The GAMES- Champion of Champions.