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.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

From Gay Games III to the 2nd North American Outgames, a roadracing love story

From an article in the Vancouver Courier on couples who practice sport together, a lovely Gay Games love story:

During his first visit to Vancouver 21 years ago, Tom Sater took a wrong turn on his way to Burnaby and was late to cheer on a new romantic flame in a 10-kilometre track event.

Although Sater arrived after the end of the race, it was one of the last they would ever run without the other. "I don't know that we've done a race that we didn't do together. It was love at first sight," Sater said of Trevor Tang, his lifelong running partner and husband. "Running was really one of the things that was important to both of us."

"It's a constant in our relationship," added Tang. "We've been running for the past 21 years together."

Training for middle-distance road races is a lifestyle commitment that requires time and mental dedication. Resentment can build on both sides of a partnership if one spouse doesn't feel supported in their pursuit or the other feels left behind in the dust because they don't run.

Counter to that, running is social. Jogging silently is still time spent in each other's company. Groups of runners gather regularly to pound the pavement and in some clubs, like Frontrunners of which Sater and Tang are members, like-minded joggers inevitably form friendships and members often introduce their life partners to the sport.


Sater, 59, and Tang, 44, are both designers, but apply their trade in different fields. The pair are sweet-tempered, fit and each wears braces.

They met in 1990 when Vancouver hosted the Gay Games, but they were both living near San Jose, CA. If each is the other's love of his life, Vancouver is the setting for their romance. They moved here three years ago and in July this year, became permanent residents of Canada. Vancouver is their home.

"It was such a pivotal point in our lives. We met here and I guess the fact that we fell in love here made the city just seem so much more beautiful," said Sater.

They married in California--twice--because of constitutional and legal constraints on same-sex rights in that state.

They will compete in the 10k this weekend at the Vancouver Outgames, an international sporting event for gay and lesbian athletes and the friends and family who support them.

Tang is the faster racer but they train together, circling Stanley Park and returning along the water's edge to their home near Rogers Arena. "Definitely we have different paces but we do motivate each other," said Sater. "Some days I'm not at my best so he'll push me and there are days when I'll encourage him and tease him as we run along the seawall."

Read in full HERE.

No comments: