Registration Opens May 2016 www.Paris2018.com
4-12 August 2018
HISTORY: The Gay Games were founded in 1982 in San Francisco by the late Dr. Tom Waddell, an Olympic athlete in the decathlon. Dr. Waddell’s objectives were to offer an ‘Olympic-like’ experience to everyone while eradicating discrimination and homophobia and breaking down stereotypes.
Organized every four years in cities around the world, such as San Francisco, Vancouver, New York, Amsterdam, Sydney, Chicago, Cologne, and Cleveland, thousands of athletes and artists are expected to participate in Paris 2018-Gay Games 10. This will be the first time that the Gay Games will have been organized in a francophone and capital city.
Paris’s history in the LGBTIQ sports movement in France, including as Host of the 1997 EuroGames, and, for the past 15 years, the annual Paris International Tournaments, reflect the expertise and unity of the Paris and France LGBTIQA sport and culture community.
EXPERIENCE: With over 35 years of experience, the Paris 2018 team has learned from previous Gay Games Hosts and events what has worked well and what could be improved.
Under the leadership of Co-Presidents Pascale Reinteau and Manuel Picaud, Paris 2018 is a well-planned and well-managed event, with support from the Federation of Gay Games, and the wider LGBTIQ sport and culture community, and local, regional, and national government agencies here in Paris.
COMPETENCE: The competence and motivation of all volunteers, staff, and interns is excellent, thanks to our collective experience with the Gay Games and the TIP Tournament.
OPEN TO ALL: All events are open to all (over 18 years old), with no requirements or eliminations. All ages and all levels of experience, including beginners, are welcome to participate.
SPORTS FEDERATIONS: With unparalleled support from France’s national and international sport federations, and many other sports federations around the world, the sporting events will be organized by experts.
CIVIL SOCIETY: We have unprecedented support from civil society, including LGBT associations, student associations, and unions. These organizations represent thousands of members who will lend their support to promote the event, participate, and volunteer.
PARTICIPANTS: Thousands of athletes and artists will take part in Paris 2018-Gay Games 10, with 40,000 spectators and visitors supporting the events. As of June 2017, there are currently 2655 registrations for the Gay Games next year.
PROGRAM: The Paris 2018-Gay Games 10 program includes 36 sports, 14 cultural events, and one academic conference, which will take place from August 1 to 12, 2018.
SPORTS: The sports program includes: Aquatics-Diving, Open Water Swim, Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Athletics-Track and Field, 5K, 10K, Half-Marathon, Marathon, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Bowling, Cycling-Mountain Bike, Cycling-Route, Dance Sport, Fencing, Field Hockey, Figure Skating, Football/Soccer, Golf, Handball, Judo, Ice Hockey, Martial Arts, Petanque, Roller Derby, Roller Skating, Rowing, Rugby Sevens, Sailing Softball, Squash, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Wrestling.
CULTURE: The cultural program includes: concerts with choral groups, concert bands, and orchestras during the Opening Ceremony and during the week at the Folie Bergere, the Village, and in public parks around the city. Other cultural events include: cheer leading, a film festival, a visual arts exhibit, a patchwork quilt exhibition, the international Rainbow Memorial Run, a gala ball, and guided tours on foot and by boat.
CEREMONIES: The Opening Ceremonies will take place in the Jean Bouin Stadium, followed by a festive party at the Grand Palais. The Village, located just in front of Paris City Hall, will be the main meeting point for participants, spectators, and supporters, with music and entertainment, food and refreshments.
CONFERENCE: The academic conference will take place in the Paris City Hall from August 1-3, 2017, with presentations on Sport and Health, Sport and Anti-Discrimination, and Sport for All.
VENUES: Almost all of the 70 venues that will be used for the sport and culture events have been confirmed more than one year before the start of Gay Games 10.
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT: We have unmatched support from the city, region, and nation, with most venues provided by government authorities. Our patron, Laura Flessel, Olympic champion in fencing, is now also the Minister of Sport. (See photo below.) The new President of France, Emmanuel MACRON, has stated publicly his support for Paris 2018. The Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has registered for table tennis and has ensured that the City of Paris is working closely with us.
MANAGEMENT: The 20-member Board of Directors manages the planning of Paris 2018 events with prudence to ensure that expenses are kept to a minimum, only spending what is absolutely necessary, and planning for several budgets and scenarios, according to revenue forecasts and results.
FINANCES: Paris 2018 maintains at all times a sound financial position in order to meet its commitments