Warwick Rowers Feature Gay World Cup Champ Robbie Manson In New Calendar

This year, the Warwick Rowers welcome a new calendar star, openly gay champ and hot AF hunk Robbie Manson.

There’s a strong chance you’re familiar with the Warwick Rowers and their annual caledar . And if not, we guarantee you’ll be all about them in just a moment. Started by LGBT activist, Angus Malcolm, and a group of mainly heterosexual male student athletes at an English university, the organization’s mission is to challenge homophobia and bullying in the sports world.

In the past 10 years, they’ve raised over $1 million in sales for the Warwick University Rowing Program and the Sports Allies Foundation – a registered charity devoted to promoting LGBT rights and gender equality through sport.

This year, the rowers are particularly honored to welcome a special guest star to the calendar. Robbie Manson, a two-time Olympic athlete from New Zealand, holds the world record for men’s single sculling, officially making him the fastest rower on the planet. Manson was born in 1989. He is from a family of rowers, with his father Greg the singles lightweight national champion in 1985, and his brother Karl also competing internationally.

The sexual orientation of the rowers has almost never been discussed. So the fact that they would welcome a naked gay hunk to the photoshoots and calendar says a lot about the actual inclusion of the members of the club.

The calendar was created by famous photographer Angus Malcolm.

More: Gay Rower Robbie Manson Won The “Athlete of the Year” Award

Manson, who came out as gay in 2014 said “As an LGBT athlete, I value the straight ally message of the Warwick Rowers. They prove you don’t have to be a gay or female athlete to believe passionately that sport should be for everyone, and that sport can show leadership in promoting equality. So when the guys invited me to join them in their tenth-anniversary calendar, I got on a plane!”