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.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Chicago rowing club; born from Gay Games VII, continuing the movement for inclusive sport

A nice piece from the Windy City Time's Ross Forman, that highlights the power of the Gay Games to develop local LGBT sports groups, and the message of genuine inclusion of all, men and women, gay and straight:

The Chicago Rowing Union (CRU) is optimistic that the 2011 season will be its best ever, particularly because the 2010 campaign was quite successful.

"There is a lot of excitement for the season to start, [among] returning rowers as well as those interested in learning the sport for the first time," said Bill Moudry, 36, who is the new CRU president. "Our strengths are in our core returning members. There are a number of people who have been with the team since its inception, when we were still a part of the Lincoln Park Boat Club. Building a standalone team was a huge accomplishment and the level of pride in the continued quality of the experience of its members shows that this is really a team that cares. Additionally, this year we have many new volunteers on the board, all with a lot of enthusiasm for rowing and for making this season a success for CRU.

"Our biggest weakness is our relatively small number of women. The team started as an all-men's squad, but, in year two, we began recruiting women. We are committed to increasing the contingent of women that row with CRU to build a thriving and successful women's team."

CRU is an all-inclusive rowing team for the LGBT community, and it also includes straight members.

CRU kicks off its 2011 season Sunday, June 5, in Washington, D.C.

"We strive to become more competitive in the events we enter and to increase our physical and mental stamina through hard work and team cohesion," Moudry said. "As an organization, we would like Chicago Rowing Union to be synonymous with masters rowing in Chicago, and to be known as a club that is competitive, fun and inclusive of anyone who wants to row regardless of age, experience, gender, race or sexual orientation."

Moudry, who works as a data analyst for the University of Chicago, is in his sixth season with CRU, his first as team president. CRU is in its sixth season after it was formed in 2006 to compete in the Gay Games, which were held in Chicago.

"Personally, I would love to get my 2,000-kilometer test time to be under 7 minutes, and to be part of a boat that wins a gold medal," Moudry said. "As president of the board, my goal is to serve the organization such that we see growth in membership and increased satisfaction with the rowing and team experience our members receive."

CRU will rock Chicago's lakefront July 9-10, in the annual Chicago Sprints, held at the Lincoln Park Lagoon. CRU has a new coach this year for the club program, Mark Carroll.

Keep reading HERE.

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