Meet our eligible Sam
By ADRIAN MILLER
MEN throughout Yamba have long claimed the women in the town have an endless supply of talent from which to chose, but for once the claim can be backed up.
Yamba's own Sam McIntosh, son of Pacific Hotel proprietors Jack and Lindy, has been rated as one of the 50 most eligible men in Australia, and features in this year's Cleo Bachelor of the Year competition.
Mr McIntosh, who runs publishing company Rolling Youth Press, said it was a shock to find he was entered in the contest.
"I don't know how I made it in, I certainly didn't nominate myself or send my own picture in, that's for sure," he said.
And while the photo shoot for the competition was a breeze, facing his mates might not be so easy.
"My parents and family don't really care too much, but I'll probably get a fair bit of ribbing from my mates," he said.
"They'll probably tear into me, but then again, I would too."
MR McIntosh moved to Sydney in 1998 but still travels back to Yamba often.
He is joined in this year's competition by men the calibre of Ian Thorpe, AFL player Ryan O'Keefe, MTV host Jason Dundas, NRL player Jason Stephens and pro-surfer Jay Quinn.
So given that list of names, what are his chances of success?
"Mate, I don't have a hope of winning," he said.
"The party at the end of it will be fun, but I've got zero chance of winning."
Even so, you can still view his performance in this month's issue of Cleo magazine. But be quick.
"I don't think there'll be any copies left in the Clarence because mum will probably go and buy them all," he said.
To vote for Sam, or any other bachelor, pick up September's edition of Cleo, or visit www.ni- nemsn.com.au/cleo.