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Paris Gay Games Awards

From an awards ceremony on August 23rd at G-A-Y late, awards were presented by Joanie Evans Co-President of the Federation of Gay Games

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Which TEAM was the ‘Monster Team’? (and why)

Winner: Out to Swim

For winning swimming top team with twice as many points as the second placeteam, by having Waterpolo, Synchro and Open Water teams and for being a great mix of ages and genders, by great team spirit, by being frankly fabulous.

Special mentions:

  • Team LGBT+ We finally someone looked like a united group!

 

Which TEAM was the most eye catching? (and why)

Winner: UKSSDC & Pink Dancers (Dancesport)

For their amazing costumes; beautifully creative outfits with floats, sequins, diamanté, tassels & all! Pink Dancers in the Showdance competition – 1950s Parisienne – were fantastic.

Special mentions:

  • London Orca & London Otters Who got plenty of votes from thirsty gays on account of their kits.
  • London Frontrunners: For their rainbow Tri suits

 

Which TEAM was the most supportive? (and why)

Winner: London Otters Rowing Club

Loudly cheered on every other teams’ boat. They also supported organisers before and after the competition to rig boats and de-rig boats that were supplied by the organisation.

Special mentions:

  • Village Manchester football club Adopting a stray athlete under their wing for the games
  • Ishigaki ju jitsu For supporting colleagues from all over the world
  • Out Play Squash team Small but solid

 

Which INDIVIDUAL gave the most outstanding performance? (and why)

Winners:

  • Andrew Benson   Swimmer who won 8 golds from 8 individual and relay events
  • Elizabeth Bellinger Swimmer who competed in the women’s 40-45 age group and SMASHED a number of IGLA records. Her 100m butterfly was truly exceptional. She swam it in 1min 6 seconds which is RAPID by any standards.
  • James Wilson Winning gold in rowing and gold in squash.

Special mentions:

  • Handidance couple Paula And Gary
  • Luke Busby Taking home 3 golds and a bronze in the rowing

Which INDIVIDUAL achieved the most impressive personal best? or completed the most impressive personal journey? (and why)

Winner: Graham Ashwell:

Dancesport; he ran the 10k, then danced winning 3 golds & Bronze, then ran his first marathon raising over £1200 for charities

Special mentions:

  • Donna Donovan Won silver and bronze. Both her hockey matches went down to shuffles to decide and she saved all but one
  • Brian Hicks Entered as many ju jitsu events as he could and volunteered to become a judge for the first time. He came home with a silver medal which he is so proud of at 58 years old

Which INDIVIDUAL gave the prettiest performance?

(Interpret that as you will!)

Winner: Alan from Jujitsu (can’t find a surname)

In ju jitsu when he revealed his pink sequinned gui top performing a martial arts kata to

‘this is me’ the whole venue exploded and cheered.

Special mentions:

  • Michal Litke & Mariusz Staniewiez Dancesport: Became Vice World Champions in Ballroom, standard dance in a stunning blue outfit with peacock decoration, peacock feather bowties & diamanté on their shoes.
  • Alessandro Tridico For his graceful fencing (I think)
  • Dan Westley Such a Graceful Hockey player for a bigger guy!

 

Who deserves the Ivan Bussens Award for slogging their guts out behind the scenes? (and why)

Winner: Peter Meager

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For all his work with Out for Sport,  and working with the organisers of the Dancesport event & being compere for the four long days of competition and keeping his cool.

Special mentions:

  • Christophe Donot For Out To Swim- he organised almost everything- accomodation, accreditation collection, directed the winning Pink Flamingo performance and even competed in individual/relay events with a fractured rib- dedication!
  • Alex Jones of LORC for organising and managing the trip for nearly 80 LORC members.
  • Ollie James-Parr Arranged transport, accommodation, meals, a cool box for everyone from the Titans; utter legend

Which individual OR team made the most notable cultural faux pas? (and why)

Winner: London Royals 

For their derelict fancy dress, which left very little to the imagination and drew gasps of horror and admirations from passing Parisiens and tourists on the Left Bank.

Which UK participant/team was the star of the most ridiculous photo?

Winner: Alex Carington Triathlon. For choosing the most photogenic moment to fall off his bike during dismount

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Special mentions:

  • Penny Johnson Dancesport: ‘lippy’ – 48 degrees, in full outfit, makeup & ice towel; trying to keep cool & look good!
  • Mitch Stride From Royals Hockey wearing a lovely long blue dress
  • Christophe and OTS Team After winning the Pink Flamingo. And it was far far far more wonderful and fabulous than “Ridiculous”image1

 

Out For Sport Training Events

Report Back

With funding from London Sport we ran three training events for member clubs

Womens training event

First Workshop

Recruiting Women to your Team

Monday 4th December 18:30 to 21:30 at House of Sport

With Heather Smith from Women in Sport

19 people registered to attend and 11 made it to the event.

Women In Sport did a great presentation which was well received.

Matt Hill presented about the Hockey Women and how they managed to recruit for their teams. We had interesting discussions.

For a Web report on the Women’s event see here

We did a quick survey monkey afterwards to ask for feedback most questions getting 5 out of 5. Below are some quotes from the survey.

“More than useful I would have called it encouraging, as to continue further, and reassuring, as in knowing that one is moving forwards in the right direction”

“Hugely useful. I left with lots of ideas and wouldn’t have done so if it wasn’t for the informative presentation.”

“The session was informative and insightful, and it was great to hear experiences from other clubs and discuss openly as a group potential issues.”

Second Workshop

Marketing your Club

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 from 18:30 to 21:30

At London First offices | 4th Floor, Middlesex House | Cleveland St | W1T 4JE London

With Svend Elkjaer Director of Sports Marketing Network

14 people registered and again 11 people attended

The presentation was interesting, if perhaps a bit too long for us. The discussion section was very lively with some good ideas about getting your club noticed. Thames Dragons revealed themselves to have some top ideas, ideas such as a special Breast Cancer awareness event – as paddling is very good for recovery from surgery.

 

Third Workshop

Income Generation for your club

Monday 26th March 2018 from 18:30 to 21:30

At House of Sport.

With Xander Beck a consultant on finance and funding

18 people registered and 14 people attended

Xander’s presentation, which ran through how to decide what money you need and then where to look for funding sources was very interesting and people asked a lot of questions.

Kings Cross Steelers did a presentation on how they had fundraised in the past and this was also well received and lead into a general discussion about raising money.

 

We plan to carry on and run more training events in the future which might cover topics such as Data protection and Good Governance. Bringing the clubs together to learn about good practice, debate issues and learn from other similar clubs is a excellent way to develop relationships between the clubs.


New queer community sports club – Netball & Rounders

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CALLING ALL SPORTY QUEERS – Starting this summer a new queer community sports club will be organising weekly rounders or netball sessions in north London for £1 a session!

The sessions are open to women and non-binary queers and the first session is on Monday (sorry gents….if you’re looking for sporting opportunities for cis gay men, we have a fine selection here).

Full details can be found in the flyer to the right.  Queerballers also have a Facebook page.

If you’re interested please use this link to sign up – https://goo.gl/forms/H0rqzcdnKPaMxph32 – or if you have any questions, contact queerballers@gmail.com.


Out For Sport LGBT+ Sports Fair 2018

Welcoming members of Out For Sport at our annual Sport Fair  Members of Hackney Women's Football at the 2018 Out For Sport Fair  Members of London Goslings, an LGBT badminton club

Members of London Royals, an LGBTQ+ hockey club  Members of London Cruisers, an LGBTQI basketball club  Members of the London Otters, an LGBTQI+ inclusive rowing club

We recently held another successful LGBT+ Sports Fair in partnership with London South Bank University.
The curse of Friday the 13th might have played mischief with the sound system, but that didn’t dampen the atmosphere as more than 300 people packed out the LSBU Student Centre to meet the 25 clubs. The party kept going until midnight, so hopefully many of you found new sports, new friends, or new connections with other teams.
There were also some great suggestions for what we might do to build some ‘Team LGBT+’ spirit ahead of the Gay Games in Paris, whether we should do a similar event aimed specifically at women, and how to make the most of our Out & Active program for older people.
For those of you who couldn’t join us at the fair, you can find all the LGBT+ sports club websites here.


Out To Swim Summer Boat Party

Out To Swim invites all London LGBT+ sports clubs to join them at their summer boat party! Three decks of extravaganza eleganza, drinks and dancing. Casting off from Tower Pier, the party boat will head up river to the Tate before cruising down to the Cutty Sark and back again, all under the musical stylings of our onboard DJ. Each ticket includes admission, a welcome drink and further 1 x drinks token* that can be exchanged at the bar.

So renew that appetite for Aperol, dust off your best vest and join us for the hottest LGBT+ sports social event of the summer!

Friday 1st June 2018
Location: Tower Pier
Closest Tubes: Bank or Tower Hill
Time: 8:30pm – 1am (cast off 9pm)
Age Restriction: 18+

Please note: The boat party will not be stopping until reaching final destination at 1am. There will not be any opportunity to alight en route.

Tickets here:
https://www.outtoswim.org/ots-summer-boat-party/


Our Unsung Heroine: Vicki Carter, OFS Co-Chair

Our glorious leader, Vicki Carter has been recognised by LEAD as an Unsung Heroine – part of their campaign to mark International Women’s Day 2018 by celebrating those women who go above and beyond to help others without being asked. Click below to read a bit more about why Vicki was nominated.

https://www.leadmagazine.co.uk/iwd2018-unsung-heroines-vicki-carter/

Vicki also recently took part in the 1000 Londoners project during a workshop at London Sport, and talks about how she got into LGBT sport originally…and recalls her first Gay Games in New York in 1994 and what that meant to her. Well worth a watch here.

Well done and thank you to Vicki, and to all the women keeping LGBT sport clubs surging forward.