Featured events

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.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Why LGBT sport? The example of a water polo player

From a Lodon Orca's player via the club's blog, a message that helps explain one aspect of the desire for LGBT athletes to compete in gay-friendly clubs and events:

As I'm heading temporarily back to Australia to sort out the renewal of my visa, I've been reflecting on my time with London Orca and Out To Swim.

It was nearly 18 months ago that I made the decision to give water polo with London Orca a try. One of my friends had been playing for a while and I was looking for a new challenge and a bit of extra fitness. Any regrets? That I didn't do it sooner!

As one of the few left-handers in the team, my water polo skills developed quite quickly and by regularly hitting the Out To Swim swimming sessions my swim-fitness developed nicely too. Being part of the gold-medal winning team at the Gay Games in Cologne was fantastic, but really every tournament that we've played has been a lot of fun and it's been great to see the overall standard of our water polo improve each time.

The local games in the London League have often felt like hard work - long trips out into the suburbs to play experienced teams that play a physical game, but we're definitely matching it with them now.

It's the social aspect of London Orca and Out To Swim that I'll miss the most while I'm away - from a few quiet drinks after training, to the annual Christmas party, to big nights out on the town, to be part of such a fantastic and diverse network of people has really helped me enjoy my time in London immensely.

See you all soon!

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