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7-9 September 2012
Brussels Games

Brussels Gay Sports will offer a weekend of fun and fairplay in the capital of Europe, with volleyball, swimming, badminton, and tennis, as well as fitness and hiking.

Learn more HERE.
26-28 October 2012
Bern, Switzerland

The success of the first edition of the QueergamesBern proved the need for an LGBT multisport event in Switzerland. This year will be even bigger, with badminton, bowling, running, walking, floorball.

Learn more HERE.
17-20 January 2013
Sin City Shootout
Las Vegas
The 7th Sin City Shootout will feature softball, ice hockey, tennis, wrestling, basketball, dodgeball, bodybuilding and basketball.

Learn more HERE.

13-16 June 2013
IGLFA Euro Cup
After this year's edition in Budapest at the EuroGames, the IGLFA Euro Cup heads to Dublin for 2013, hosted by the Dublin Devils and the Dublin Phoenix Tigers.

Learn more HERE.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Kate Rowe on competing with friends

Kate and Paulette
Kate and Hlengiwe
I met Hlengiwe Buthelezi at the Federation of Gay Games annual meeting in Cape Town in 2008, where she was a dynamic and motivating presence. Since then we have kept in regular contact, as the FGG has supported Hlengiwe in starting up a sports group in her township in Durban (now KZN LGBT Recreation).

I saw Hlengiwe again at the 2009 annual meeting in Cologne, where she was a delegate for our South African member organisation, TOGS, and where she won the FGG Volunteer of the Year for her work.

I have supported her in a small way by supplying running shoes, and we always said we wanted to run together. It's not very easy to arrange, since I'm in Sydney and she's in Durban, but our dream finally came true in Cologne.

While there, Hlengiwe had a stomach bug and I was exhausted from my duties as FGG VP for External Affairs, for which I was dealing with our awards ceremony and working with our Gay Games Ambassadors. So when we met up at the 6km mark of the 10K run, we decided to support each other in our bid for the finish line. We both managed to keep the pace up and it was a magic moment to share the rapture of the crowd as we crossed the line hand in hand.

I am fortunate to have Hlengiwe as a friend, thanks to the Gay Games. This is the true spirit of how the Gay Games bring together people who would never otherwise meet.

In Cologne I also had the joy of riding again against Paulette Meggoe. Paulette and I first met at the Gay Games in New York in 1994, which seems such a long time ago now! It was my first time at the Gay Games, and I earned a bronze medal as part of the cycling team time trial with an ad hoc team which included Paulette.

Since then, Paulette and I have attended every Games, have competed against each other, and have become fast friends.  Although we live on oppsite sides of the world (Paulette in New York and me in Sydney), we have managed to see each other outside the Games, and even competed together in the New York Marathon and the Jaimacia Marathon.

Paulette is a most generous woman and always shares her experience with cyclists new to the Gay Games.  This is the spririt and joy of being involved in our  global family.

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