It’s a story of a small town kid who makes it big, Mr. World big.
Harjinder Atwal grew up in Terrace, and did what all other kids growing up in a small town did.
He played soccer, went to school, worked at the local supermarket.
But he says even though he has small town roots, he always dreamed big, and those dreams have led him to taking part in the Amazing Race T.V. show with his sister, as well as earning the title of Mr. World Canada.
Atwal says he and his sister have been actively doing charity work with disadvantaged children in Haiti, Mexico, and India.
Now with his new found fame, he hopes he can leverage it to bring more awareness to those charities.
He says the pageant itself wasn’t all fun and games, that it was hard work with long days put in, especially in areas like dancing where he says he’s not a natural talent.
He also says the support he gets from Terrace is amazing, and attributes his win in the People’s Choice category, where people vote online for their favourite contestant, to the local support he got.
Atwal also says the support he’s been getting from the South Asian community in Canada, and internationally has been uplifting, saying he’s ecstatic that he can represent both Canada and his Indo-Canadian culture.
To top it off, the day of his win was also his 27th birthday.
His immediate plans include a hush-hush show project with his sister, in which he did say they’ll be meeting with producers in Toronto.
He’ll also be doing promotion work with Variety the Children’s Charity in his role as Mr. World Canada, until the Mr. World pagent is held in about a few months.