Hearn a champion at stripping

LAUNCESTON personal trainer Cory Hearn never thought Sexpo could make him an amateur striptease champion - but a spontaneous decision made him just that.

The 21-year-old said it was the $100 prizemoney that lured him to enter the competition against eight others and in front of more than 1000 people.

``I don't really have much of an embarrassment gland and I thought I could have a chance of winning, so I gave it a go,'' Hearn said.

He said he didn't know about the competition before he got to Sexpo in Hobart last weekend and heard the announcement at least three times before entering.

``It was terrifying,'' he said.

``But once the music started I think the adrenaline kicked in.''

However, it's not something the owner of his own personal training company will be giving up his day job for.

``I've been offered three parties next month, but I don't think Jess [my partner] would be too happy with that,'' he said.

``And in front of 1000 people, being a bit of an idiot, is a little different to doing a hen's night.''

Up to 12,000 people attended the three-day health, sexuality and lifestyle exhibition at the Princes Wharf No.th1.

Organisers hailed the event a success and said it should return to the state within two years.

The event featured more than 100 exhibitors offering everything from advice, to sexy showbags and adult toys, plus a full program of live entertainment.

Hearn said he attended the event with his partner for a bit of a laugh.

``It was hilarious, I'd go back,'' he said.

Launceston personal trainer Cory Hearn, 21, struts his stuff in front of more than 1000 onlookers to walk away as amateur striptease champion at Sexpo.  Picture: MARK JESSER

Launceston personal trainer Cory Hearn, 21, struts his stuff in front of more than 1000 onlookers to walk away as amateur striptease champion at Sexpo. Picture: MARK JESSER