Jack Mackenroth Named “Compete” Magazine’s Athlete Of The Year

Jack Mackenroth may be best known for his stint on Project Runway, or for having an ass that defies science and nature, but he’s also an accomplished swimmer who’s been kicking laps and taking names since age six. LGBT sports publication Compete magazine recognized Mackenroth’s achievements by naming him their 2012 Athlete of the Year.

As a member of Team New York Aquatics for the last 20 years, Jack has done everything from coaching to planning social events and training camps to designing the team logo. One of the team’s most successful swimmers, Mackenroth  holds three All-American titles, a Masters National Record in the 4×50 meter medley relay and he’s won gold in every Gay Games competition since 1990.

Out of the water, Jack is a prominent and proud role model for the LGBT and HIV-positive communities. Positive since 1989, Mackenroth has gone on to volunteer with a number of HIV/AIDS organizations, speak at events and fundraisers around the country about living with HIV, and  founded an HIV educational campaign called “Living Positive by Design.”

Most recently, Jack founded Volttage.com, a dating and social networking site dedicated but not exclusive to HIV-positive men.


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  • Dumdum

    I just came in my pants. This man is no vain vacuous Gay Pretty Boy. I am so over the whole superficial complexion of our Gay Sub Culture. Holding ourselves and everyone else to impossibly high standards of youth and beauty. I DVR everything to get through all the commercials on LOGO for hair replacement, acne cream, facelifts, booze and boner pills. What’s the point once you hit 40 your done after you spent your 30s trying to look 20 something.

  • MikeE

    imagine what it’s like hitting 50+ ?

    I’m the same age as Tom Cruise… but were I to write a profile on a gay dating website, I’d be lumped in with “the old guys”.

    Thing is, I’d much rather see a handsome 40+ year old guy than some muscly hairless Lancomed-to-death 20-something twink.

  • Mjl-428

    I don’t even DVR for that. If there’s a show I wanna catch that badly, I’ll wait for the torrent to come out

  • Dumdum

    @MikeE: Totally. I am 52 now and when I go out to dance even though I am in good shape and not ugly. I am still invisible.

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