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.

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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, October 8, 2011

National Public Radio sports program looks at rowing in Cleveland

"Only a Game" is a weekly radio program from US National Public Radio and station WBUR in Boston.

"There’s the sports world and there’s the rest of the world; NPR® brings them together on Only A Game. An award-winning weekly sports magazine hosted by veteran NPR commentator Bill Littlefield, Only A Game is radio for the serious sports fan and the steadfast sports avoider. Produced by WBUR in Boston, Only A Game puts sports in perspective with intelligent analysis, insightful interviews and a keen sense humor."

In their latest broadcast, they look at the revival of Cleveland's Cuyahoga River, venue for Gay Games 9 rowing, as a major destination for competition.

Listen HERE.

The views of Cleveland's downtown skyline from the river 

are one of the reasons USRowing chose the city for t

he debut of the Masters Head Race National Championship.
The Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio is not as idyllic a spot for rowing as, say, the Charles River in Boston, which draws crowds of nearly 300,000 spectators each October for the Head of The Charles Regatta. Those who do row on the Cuyahoga claim they’re generally met with shocked reactions from people who remember the river as it was 50 years ago: “They say ‘you row on the Cuyahoga, that river that burns?!’”

But the Cleveland Rowing Foundation is trying to change this stigma, and in September of 2012 the Cuyahoga River will host the inaugural USRowing Masters Head Race National Championship. Karen Schaeffer reports from Cleveland this week for Only A Game.

The new boathouse at Rivergate Park in Cleveland
can hold 125-rowing shells.
Two additional boathouses are planned,
one for the public and the other for scholastic teams.
Every September since 1996, the Cleveland Rowing Foundation hosts a major regatta, the Head of the Cuyahoga, in which high schoolers, college students, and adults from around the country compete in both sweep and sculling events. Theresa Gang, executive director of the Cleveland Rowing Foundation, believes that bringing the new Masters Head Race National Championship to Cleveland will advance the city’s desire to expand its role in the sport.

“I think it’s going to be tremendous to have them come here and host in Cleveland,” Gang says. “It really puts our name on the map.”

Local supporters also hope that the national championship will boost the city’s economy by attracting more visitors to the Cuyahoga.

“The river has been… [a] wonderful resource that we have that many cities around the globe would lust after,” says Brad Whitehead, President of Cleveland’s Fund For Our Economic Future. “And I think we’re starting to rediscover it and see that it can be a heart of recreation in the community and a place where things are going on.”

Approximately 3,000 national competitors and fans are expected at next year’s race. After visiting three other cities, the event will return to Cleveland in 2016, at which point the Cuyahoga’s reputation as “the burning river” will — hopefully — be put to rest.

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