A SWIMMING cap is all that covers Olympic hopeful Grant Turner’s modesty in his naked Cosmopolitan photoshoot.
The 22-year-old former Swindon Tigershark, who took a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games last year, has whipped off his swimming trunks for the June issue of the women’s magazine to raise awareness of male cancer for Everyman, the UK’s leading male cancer campaign.
The heartthrob is pictured standing beside fellow Olympic hopefuls, Ross Davenport and James Goddard, and struck a number of poses while keeping his dignity under wraps for the centre spread in the June issue of the magazine.
“It was something I was quite interested in doing, but the fact that it was to raise awareness of British swimmers and testicular cancer made me want to do it even more,” he said.
“Obviously the London Olympics aren’t too far away and people are interested in the sports and athletes, and I was keen to help raise the profile of swimming.”
Grant took a silver medal as part of the English 4x100m metre freestyle relay side at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi and is one of the hopefuls for the 2012 Olympics.
He said he was excited about the shoot as it was different to anything he had done before.
“I was obviously a little bit apprehensive getting naked in a room full of people but it was fine.
“We were there for about five hours doing lots of different shots in the pool precinct, and in the pool,” he said.
“I was completely naked – initially I thought I might be wearing tan-coloured underwear or something, but we were completely naked, just covering up with our hands.”
During the interview with Cosmopolitan, Grant said: “My girlfriend’s a swimmer too (Olympic medallist Joanne Jackson).
“I can’t have sex for two weeks before a big race to build up testosterone. But for women it’s better if they have sex just before a race, so that’s a bit unfortunate.”
This is the 10th year that Cosmopolitan has supported Everyman. Money is raised through dedicated phone and text lines encouraging readers to vote for their favourite Centrefold.
Tatjana Trposka, spokeswoman for Everyman, said: “We hope our brave celebrity centrefolds have helped spread the message that men should be just as aware.
“Knowing the symptoms and catching them early gives men the best chance of surviving testicular cancer, which is 99 per cent curable if caught early.”
Singer Jason Derulo, Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou, and The Only Way Is Essex’s Kirk Norcross are among the male celebrities who have stripped off for Cosmopolitan’s annual ‘Naked Centrefolds Special’ which is on sale now.