Chair of Judging Panel
Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett – @Juvelad
Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett has been an active gay sportsperson since moving to London in 2001. Adrian joined the Irons Golf Society in 2004, as his first sporting activity since giving up sport in his early teenage years. Adrian was one of the founding members of the UK LGBT Sports Network, and was the Political lead for the Bid for London to host the Gay Games in 2018.
Adrian has continued his sporting action, by competing in subsequent Euro Games and Gay Games, in Antwerp, Barcelona, Rotterdam, Helsinki and Rome collecting Bronze in Antwerp and Gold in Rome. Adrian has also competed in the Gay Games in Cologne and Paris. Along with playing golf, Adrian learnt to dance (ballroom/Latin) Same-Sex dancing since 2005 and competed in Antwerp and Cologne, runs 10km, plays football with London based LGBT+ and allies Soho FC. After a mental health breakdown in 2016 Adrian took up Powerlifting for which he is now the General Secretary of LGBT Powerlifting Union, and has competed in the last three International competitions in London, Blackpool and Manchester winning silver medals in the first two events and then this year winning Gold in Mx non binary category for their weight/age category.
Adrian, is also co-opted on to the Out for Sports Committee as external support, has been a member of Pride In Football Committee from 2017-2020 and supports the LGBT+ Sports Media group to get coverage of LGBTQ+ sportspeople across all sporting arenas. Adrian is also Vice President of External Relations for the Federation of Gay Games and Chairperson of Soho FC/ Freedom LGBTQ+ teams.
Joelle D’Fontaine @atyourbeatstudio
Hi there my name is Joelle D’Fontaine I am a Londoner born and bred! I am a Nike Master Trainer, self-taught dancer, choreographer, movement director and founder and creator of At Your Beat dance studios in London and Brooklyn, New York.
At Your Beat is leading the way in dance and teaches a variety of different dance styles and fitness classes where you can expect tons of energy, sweat and fun. Through my work as a choreographer my aim is to always make people feel their most confident through the power of dance.
My ethos is Always be extra because you deserve it!
Diversifying fitness has always been something I really believe in, making sure as many of the “other” groups and those without have a chance to take part in sports and movement.
My dream is to speed up conversations around inclusivity, mental health and sustainable confidence and continue to inspire people in the city to get moving through the power of sport and training.
Jon Holmes @jonboy79
Jon Holmes is the founder and lead of Sports Media LGBT+, a network, advocacy and consultancy group that is helping the industry – and sport in general – become more welcoming and inclusive. He is also a committee member for the Sports Journalists’ Association, the Football Writers’ Association, and InterMedia UK, and a director of Racing Pride, the LGBTQ+ inclusion in motorsport CIC. He has over 20 years of professional experience in writing, sub-editing and managing sports content for digital platforms, Jon was part of the team that delivered Pride House Birmingham at the Commonwealth Games in July and August. Previously he worked at Sky Sports where he co-ordinated and produced content relating to the organisation’s support of Stonewall’s award-winning Rainbow Laces campaign. He is currently working as a freelance journalist and media consultant, focusing on LGBTQ+ topics relating to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Ofelia Khan @
Ofelia (she/her) is Assistant Branchmaster at Camden Shorinji Kempo, the only completely female-founded, BAME-led, and openly LGBTQIA+ Shorinji Kempo Club. Shorinji Kempo, a balanced system of self defence and self development, incorporating effective self defence techniques with philosophy and meditation. Ofelia was awarded her black belt in 2019 after co-founding the Camden club.
In 2020 she was Diversity Representative for Out For Sport, leading the BLM campaign and in the 2021 Out For Sport Awards she was nominated for the Club Spirit Award.
Ofelia’s day job entails coordinating subtitles for cinema.
Polly Shute @be.outandabout
Polly Shute is an Award Winning Inclusion and Partnership Specialist and a recognised public speaker on LGBTQ+ and allyship. She has been active in the LGBTQ+ space for over 10 years, including 4 years on the Board of Pride in London.
Polly co-founded Out & Wild, the UK’s only Wellness and Experience Festival for LGBTQ+ women and those who are non-binary. She also co-runs events for women including London’s biggest free monthly meet up, Southbank Surfing.
Polly currently heads up Corporate Partnerships for PinkNews, the world’s most read LGBTQ+ media. She has also co-founded Out and About and Out & Wild Festival, creating and curating events for LGBTQ+ women and those who are non-binary
Polly has been consulting and working in the not-for-profit and commercial sectors following a career as a Marketing Director. Polly’s commitment to D&I has been recognised through various awards, including being listed in the Top 20 LGBT+ Leaders List by The Financial Times in 2018 and more recently in The Guardian’s Pride Power Lists of 2019 and 2020.
Natalie Washington @Transsomething
Natalie Washington is a transgender woman and campaigner for trans rights, particularly around access to sports & treatment of trans issues by the media. She’s a footballer for Rushmoor Community FC in the Southern Region Women’s Football League & leads the Football v Transphobia campaign, as well as running a network for transgender people in sport. She’s also a Trustee of Trans Pride Brighton, the UK’s first and biggest Trans Pride.