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.

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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.

Learn more HERE.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Jeff Kagan reports on a young athlete rediscovering his passion for sport

Jeff Kagan reports in Next Magazine:

Tim Maxwell is a typical 21-year old gay man. A college senior at Pace University, majoring in Communication Arts. He lives his life day by day, going to classes and working as an intern for Details magazine.

But four years ago, life was even easier. Growing up in North Jersey, Tim had fewer responsibilities and more time to do the things he loved, specifically, swimming. “My parents made sure my brother and I were very active in sports growing up. I started swimming at age 6 and I’ve been doing it ever since. At times it seemed like I was in the water more than I was on land.”

His mom and dad would travel as far as Bayonne, cheering him on at almost every swim meet. Tim recalls the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League meet, “In the middle of crowd, I could see my parents screaming my name and the ear-to-ear smile on my mom’s face. That was just the motivation I needed to pull ahead and win.” Their support seems to have helped as Tim placed ninth out of 40 in the 200-meter medley.

After starting college Tim took a hiatus from swimming because he didn’t have the time, but now with the help of Team New York Aquatics (TNYA), New York’s gay and lesbian swimming club, he’s ready to get wet again. “This is such a great group of people. The level of respect and camaraderie amongst the members immediately made me feel comfortable and welcome. I felt like I was part of a team from the first day.”

Tim went to his first workout with TNYA and expected to start where he left off four years ago but he was quickly reminded that his body wasn’t in the same shape that it use to be. He’s no Michael Phelps but he’s back in the pool and that’s what counts.

Continue reading HERE.

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