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.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Report on Blake Skjellerup's performance in Shanghai

From Stuff.co.nz, news on Gay Games Ambassador Blake Skjellerup's performance in Shanghai. The dramatic photo is from Blake's second-place finish in the semi-finals... which gives us the opportunity to learn that it's the front of the skate that counts at the finish line, not the rest of the body.

 An injury-enforced break has led to the perfect end to the pre-Christmas speed skating season for Christchurch's Blake Skjellerup.

 The 26-year-old finished 10th in the 1000m in the latest World Cup round in Shanghai, China, finishing second in the C final.

 A fall two months ago meant four weeks' rest for Skjellerup and the result is better than he was expecting with a limited buildup, and ties his best result, achieved in 2008.

 Skjellerup has recently moved from his Calgary base to Melbourne and works with Australian national coach Ann Zhang.

 He finished fourth in his initial heat and was forced to go through the repechages which proved dramatic. A second in his first repechage race qualified the New Zealand champion and Olympian to the repechage quarterfinals. He won the slowest of four races at that stage and in the semifinals was tripped while ahead and given a pass through to the main draw with race winner Pan To Barton Lui (Hong Kong). Skjellerup then finished third in the main draw quarterfinal to reach the C final in which he came third.

Manager Matt Andree Wiltens, speaking from New Zealand, said Skjellerup was "over the moon" with his result. "Especially after the injury break," he said. "It says really great things about Blake's new training regime in Melbourne." Skjellerup will return home for a Christmas break before, funding permitting, heading to Moscow and Heerenveen (Netherlands) for the last two World Cup meets. He will then attend the World Championships in Shanghai in March.

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