Chair of Judging Panel
Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett – @Juvelad
Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett has been an active gay sportsman since moving to London in 2001, 19 years ago. 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 last year in 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, and after a mental health breakdown in 2016 took up Powerlifting for which he is now the General Secretary of LGBT Powerlifting Union, and has competed in the last two International competitions in London, and Blackpool winning silver medals both times in my weight/age category.
Adrian, is also coopted on to the Out for Sports Committee as external support, has been a member of Pride In Football Committee for the Past three years and supports the LGBT Sports Media group to get coverage of LGBT sportspeople across all sporting arenas.
Solomon Curtis -@Solomon_Curtis
Solomon leads on communications and engagement in sport for the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. He wrote and lead on the Mayor’s strategy for sport in London and works with the Mayor’s Violence Reduction Unit to reduce violent crime in London through sport. He is a former Vice Chair of the British Youth Council and in the 2017 general election stood as the Labour Parliamentary Candidate in Brighton Pavilion. He has a background in campaigning for social justice and LGBT+/Race equality.
Lou Englefield – @LouEnglefield
Lou Englefield is a founding Director of Pride Sports, a UK LGBTIQ+ sports development and inclusion organisation. Lou has been a leading voice on LGBTIQ+ inclusion in sport & physical activity for more than 15 years. She has directed the international Football v Homophobia campaign since 2012, holds a board position on FARE Network and is Co-Chair of Pride House International. Lou presents and speaks on issues of LGBTIQ+ inclusion in sport and physical activity globally and has ensured that Pride Sports has become a leading authority on LGBTIQ+ inclusion in sport and physical activity, at the forefront of insight, policy and practice.
Joanie Evans @EvansJoanie
Hi…. I’m Joanie Evans…. Originally from Birmingham and moved to London in the late 80’s, when it wasn’t long before I came out and the start of my renewed love of sport.
My sport is Football and my 1st team was Hackney Women’s Football Club, where I have had many happy memories; mainly being the 1st ‘out’ team in Europe, our introduction and attendance at the 1994 Gay Games in New York. I have now been to 7 Gay Games; two as Co-President.
I became the Co-President of the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) in 2013, after the London 2018 bid to host the Gay Games, was won by Paris. I felt honoured to have been asked and still feel I have more to give, even after serving 6 years in post.
Confirmation that I was making a difference for the LGBT+ sporting community came in 2019, when I was a top ten nominee for ‘Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ Life’ in the British LGBT Awards and when I won an Administration Award from the Football Black List. I was also on the panel for the Sports Media LGBT+ ‘Authentic Me’ event in October 2019.
Jon Holmes @jonboy79
Jon is a Senior Editor and writer at Sky Sports where he co-ordinates and contributes content in support of Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign, with Sky Sports a member of the TeamPride coalition alongside Barclays. He is also the Sports Lead of LGBT+@Sky, the company’s network for LGBT+ people and allies, and the founder and lead of Sports Media LGBT+, a network, advocacy and consultancy group raising awareness on LGBT+ inclusion in both the sports media industry and sport in general.
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 Hampshire County Women’s Football League & sits on the Hampshire FA’s Inclusion Action Group, as well as running a network for transgender people in sport. She’s also a Trustee of, and sits on the organising committee for Trans Pride Brighton, the UK’s first and biggest Trans Pride.”