Programme Notes for 2021 Sport Awards

Further details

Out For Sport – the mission

Who is Ivan Bussens?

Who is Patrick Nolen?

Who were the judges?

Who is shortlisted?

The Out For Sport team

Thanks to

Party drink suggestion


Out For Sport – the mission

Out For Sport was set up 21 years ago in 1998 by Ivan Bussens. You can see the history here.

The organisation acts as an umbrella for all the LGBT + sports groups across London and the South East. It brings them together for events, training and socials. It also represents the clubs on the board of the Federation of Gay Games.

The organisation has grown over the years and recent highlights have been: Leading the bid in 2012 to bring the Gay Games to London in 2018.

In 2017 we took over the running of the Annual London LGBT+ Sport Fair.

In 2017 members of both the OFS Committee & OFS Assembly met together to draw up a single vision which we felt best suited the organisation going forward. We believe that there are five key pillars that underpin our organisation and we have a five year strategy to help bring our organisation and our members closer to where we want to be with LGBT Sport in London.

Vision: ‘An Inclusive Community Where LGBT Sport Flourishes’

Five Pillars:

  • Creating stronger clubs
  • Bringing clubs together
  • Strengthening the voice of LGBT+ sport
  • Increasing participation in LGBT+ sport
  • Connecting LGBT+ clubs to the rest of the world

You can read our more detailed plan by clicking here

In 2018 we set up training events for clubs and launched Out & Active for our over 50 sportspeople.

Who is Ivan Bussens?

3 June 1960 – 27 August 2007

Ivan set up Out For Sport in 1998 after Gay Games in Amsterdam. The aim was to bring together London’s LGBT+ sports clubs and promote participation in sport amongst the LGBT+ community. Ivan was the driving force behind OFS, his aim to establish a grass roots organisation that could act as an umbrella group for the sports teams and help them grow. His vision, energy, passion and flair created an organisation that is still doing all of these things.

Ivan was a swimmer. He competed with Out To Swim both in races and in Water Polo at many competitions. He persuaded the OTS committee to sponsor a women-only session to encourage more participation, and saw the establishment via a lottery grant of a water polo team in 2000. He choreographed the Pink Flamingo for San Diego swim meet in 1997, on the theme of Diana Princess of Wales, which made the whole audience cry. He also served on the board of the International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA). and was active in connecting OTS to the world of international LGBT + swimming. Please see here for a moving tribute from the chair of Out To Swim.

He was the key figure in raising the profile of LGBT+ sport in London, having co-founded OFS, he went on to also represent London at the Federation of Gay Games, and served at other international sporting associations such as The European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation.

He represented London via the Federation of Gay Games. Before his illness he was forging links with the 2012 Olympics and the Mayor of London‘s office to ensure lesbian and gay inclusion.

Ivan was born at Batu Gaja, Malaysia, and educated at Culford School, Bury St Edmunds. Having moved to London, he became a fashion buyer, events planner and interior designer. The latter brought prominence with photographers and television companies, and the house he shared with his partner Peter Unsworth featured in magazines and in scenes from ITV’s Footballers’ Wives.

After fighting cancer during 2006, he suffered a relapse and died in hospital in summer 2007, aged 47. He is survived by Peter Unsworth his husband. His funeral took place in Norfolk, where his parents Alan and Cyndie lived, and where he is buried.

Who is Patrick Nolen

Patrick, or Prof Nolen like he prefers to be called, joined Out To Swim in 2011.  He moved to London from Colchester where he worked. OTS was the perfect club for him to start a social life in London. It combines sport and meeting new people. And he found in OTS and ORCA some good friends and a good social life. He was enthusiastic and very competitive. He was looking for the next champagne tournament and trying to adjust his busy travelling schedule to be able to participate. He forged good friendship with many players across the old continent and beyond.

He was involved in the bidding for the Gay Games 2018. He brought in dynamism and his knowledge of fundraising and a big sense of fun! 

Patrick was an avid traveller; he was always looking for the next destination, adventure. He enjoyed a good meal with a big glass of wine. Some of us will tell you that he would always get you a drink and start asking a lot of questions, sometimes very intimate, about yourself. But it was his way to show that he cares about you. He was a very caring person with a big heart, you can count him at any time to cheer you up and to listen to you.

He would be remembered for his competitiveness, enthusiasm and his sense of humour.

He died suddenly in October 2020. He will be deeply missed.


Who are the Judges?

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.”



The Finalists


Most Innovative Lockdown Initiative:

Recognising Creative & Inclusive Project Work

This Award recognises special initiatives, projects or campaigns that clubs have invested in over the past 12 months to create an inclusive environment in which their current or future members can flourish. These stories will represent best practice and inspire other clubs to follow in their footsteps.

Charlton Invicta FC- Football

LYC – Badminton

Soho FC – Football

South London Stags RFC – Rugby


Outstanding Lifetime Achievement:

The Ivan Bussens Award

The Award recognises individuals who have pushed boundaries and gone above and beyond to create environments in which LGBT+ sport can thrive. This award can recognise individuals who are no longer members of Out For Sport clubs if the club membership feels it is appropriate to recognise their contribution, as well as those members who may have sadly passed away.

This Award is in memory of Ivan Bussens, who furthered the cause of LGBT+ sport by setting up Out For Sport and representing our community internationally. He had vision, was charming and inspirational and led with style. Follow the link to find out more.

Stephen Adshead – Out to Swim – Aquatics

Eden Hannan – Kings Cross Steelers – Rugby

Alexander Jan – OutPlay Squash


Club of the Year:

Acknowledging Excellence

This Award gives special recognition to clubs who have been successful in supporting their members to achieve their best. To stand out in this category we want to hear how clubs are improving their performance as athletes, administrators and advocates and what benefit this is bringing to their membership, volunteers and supporters, as well as the wider community.

Camden Shorinji Kempo- Martial Arts

Goal Diggers FC- Football

Kings Cross Steelers RFC – Rugby

LYC – Badminton

South London Stags RFC- Rugby


Club Spirit Awards:

Celebrating Role Models

This Award celebrates role models and recognises individuals who truly embody club spirit. This year we will be awarding two winners who should be recognised as role models for their positive attitude towards participation in sport. This award also recognises their efforts and behaviours in supporting fellow club members to achieve their best, as well as their welcoming attitude and active inclusion of new members. We would like to see nominations represent a wide range of diversity, including gender identity.

In Memory of Patrick Nolen
Please follow the link to find out about Patrick Nolen and his contribution to Out For Sport

 Two winners in this category 

Faye Easton – South London Stags RFC – Rugby

Ofelia Khan – Camden Shorinji Kempo – Martial Arts

Steph Ramsay – Out to Swim – Aquatics

Ella Slade – London Royals – Hockey


Who makes up the Out For Sport team

Current Committee Roles and People 2020

  • Co-Chairs: Vicki Carter and Matt Hill – from Out To Swim and London Royals Hockey
  • Secretary: Stephen Adshead – from Out To Swim
  • Communications:  Jamie Hooper – from London Royals Hockey
  • Events/Club liaison: Fabian Valencia -from OutPlay Squash
  • Women/Diversity Rep:  Ofelia Khan -from Camden Shorinji Kempo
  • Federation of Gay Games Rep:  Covered by Matt Hill and Vicki Carter – as above
  • European Gay & Lesbian Sports Federation Rep: Leviathen Hendricks – from East End Phoenix FC & Goslings
  • Pride Liaison: Leviathen Hendricks -as above
  • We also co-op people, to cover work as and when needed, currently these people are Viv Woodcock-Downey, Julian Bremner, Adrian Trett, Cleo Lyn, Peter Meager and Laura Salisbury.

Thanks to

Laura Salisbury for Artwork

Ryan Watson for Video work

Michael D Tees for the “winner” voice 

The Teams that nominated but didn’t become finalists

– Ishigaki

– Gay Sunday Badminton

– Goslings

We could not do it without you

The Federation Of Gay Games for being our co hosts tonight

Peter Meager for hosting with me

Party drink suggestion with and without alcohol.

For those who would like to make this a Cocktail Hour – 

London Fog Cocktail – with alcohol.  


  • 40ml Gin  
  • 7.5ml Pernod Absinthe  
  • Lemon Zest  
  • Ice  


  • Place both ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake for 30 seconds. · Strain into a chilled martini glass.  
  • Garnish with a piece of lemon zest.  

London Fog Tea Drink without alcohol.  


  • 1 cup Boiling Water  
  • 1 teabag Earl Gray Tea (you can also use loose leaf tea)  
  • 1 pinch of Lavender Flowers (or other edible flowers)  
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract  
  • Sweetener, to taste  
  • 1/4 cup Almond Milk (you can use dairy milk, if preferred)  


  • Put Earl Gray tea and lavender flowers in a cup. Pour boiling water over it and let steep  for 5 minutes.  
  • Strain the tea and pour into a serving mug. Add sweetener and vanilla.  
  • In the meantime, heat the milk, but do not let it boil. Whisk it with a milk frother, an  immersion blender, or a hand whisk until frothy.  
  • Pour milk over tea. Serve London Fog Tea. Drink immediately.  

Nomination Guidelines can be found here

Judging Criteria can be found here