ELIGIBLE: One of the entry photos that helped cinch CLEO Media Bachelor of the Year award for Mutdapilly’s Rafe Berding.
ELIGIBLE: One of the entry photos that helped cinch CLEO Media Bachelor of the Year award for Mutdapilly’s Rafe Berding. Contributed

Ipswich Grammar old boy the new most eligible bachelor

A SELF-confessed country kid and Ipswich Grammar old boy has been named the most eligible guy in the Aussie media industry.

Rafe Berding took on a tongue-in-cheek challenge from a colleague earlier this year to enter the CLEO Media Bachelor of the Year award.

The award is part of the magazine's Bachelor of the Year competition and is open specifically for men in the media and marketing industry.

"It started off as a bit of fun," Rafe said.

Rafe couldn't help but enter after his colleague told him he wouldn't win anyway. The 28-year-old found himself on the list of 12 finalists this year and took out the top prize last week.

Rafe, who is in fact a bachelor, was flown to Sydney for the overall awards on Wednesday night and given a VIP experience.

The media award is one of only two categories handed out to bachelor hopefuls alongside the Bachelor of the Year title.

Rafe said even amongst the fun, it was a humbling experience to win the title and be recognised in an industry he loves.

He spent his childhood on a Mutdapilly property and remembered barefoot school lessons in a school of just 60 students.

"That was a very grounding upbringing," he said.

Rafe said he still counts his old classmates from Ipswich Grammar School among his best mates.

He is now a marketing executive at the Brisbane-based company GlobalX Legal Solutions.


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