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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Emy Ritt reports on FVV 25th Anniversary celebration

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Federation of Gay Games member organization FVV, approximately 100 people were invited to a special event, which was followed by a dance party open to the public.

FVV is a Frankfurt multisport group with strong roots in Volleyball, as demonstrated by its full name: Frankfurter Volleyball Verein. Now 25 years after being founded as a Volleyball club, it has become a true multisport giant, offering the following sports:

Badminton - Basketball - Bowling - DanceSport - PositHIV Sport - Cycling - Football - Handball - Fitness (including "Grey" Fitness, Gymnastics, Strength & Stamina, "Back" to Work, Intensive Stretching, Thai Yoga and Yoga) - Rowing - Swimming - Synchronized Swimming - Platform Diving - Sailing - Tennis - Table Tennis - Trampoline - Triathlon - Volleyball - Nordic Walking

Many politicians from Frankfurt attended, including a representative from the German Parliament and the President of the Frankfurt mainstream umbrella sports organisation.

Pepe Garcia Vasquez, Co-President, represented EGLSF, while Annette Wachter and Michael Lohaus also attended, representing SC Janus and Games Cologne.

Artemis, the women’s sport club based in Frankfurt and a partner organisation of FVV, was also present. As part of their speech, they presented FVV with a set of bow and arrows (Artemis, aka Diana, is the goddess of hunting). Artemis celebrated their 25th Anniversary last year.

I represented FGG and was asked to give a short speech (see HERE). The speech was given in my broken German, which seems to be very much appreciated by the participants. The organizers had arranged for a special piece of music to be played during the “entrance” of each speaker, and for the FGG the music was Facing a Miracle. Needless to say, there was much emotion in the room at this moment.

After my speech, I presented a “collector’s item” FGG 25th Anniversary Pin to each member of the FVV Board.

Between the speeches, there were short videos and drag-queen acts. After all the speeches and entertainment, the FVV Gay Games VIII medal winners walked out wearing their medals and carrying their “Team Frankfurt” banner, again to “Facing a Miracle”, and again some more tears. I found this a particularly nice gesture, given the presence of Annette Wachter and and Michael Lohaus and their partners.

After all the speeches, a huge birthday cake with sparklers was rolled out for all to enjoy.

I was truly honored to be invited to represent the FGG at this event, and thank Jan Froelich for hosting me and Pepe Garcia Vasquez. And I again want to express my hope that 25 years from now we will again be celebrating a silver anniversary in Frankfurt, that of the 25 years of membership of FVV in the FGG.

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