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, 18 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 and 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. 

 

Judges 

Solomon Curtis – @Solomon_Curtis 

Solomon leads on communications and engagement in sport for the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. He wrote and led 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. 

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Lou Englefield – @LouEnglefield

Lou Englefield is a founder and Director of Pride Sports and has been a leading voice on LGBT+ inclusion in sport for more than 15 years. 

Co-Chair of Pride House International, a board member of FARE, Europe’s anti-discrimination network in Football, Lou has also directed the international Football v Homophobia campaign since 2012.

 

 

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 first team was Hackney Women’s Football Club, where I have had many happy memories; mainly being the first ‘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 at the 2019 British LGBT Awards, where I was a top ten nominee for ‘Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ Life’.

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Jon Holmes – @jonboy79

Jon Holmes is Senior Home Page Editor at Sky Sports Digital, and the founder and lead of network and advocacy group Sports Media LGBT+. The group is raising awareness on LGBT+ inclusion in both the sports media industry and in sport in general, from grassroots to elite level, and aims to encourage more responsible reporting and coverage for the benefit of all LGBT+ people. Jon also co-ordinates and contributes content in support of Stonewall’s award-winning Rainbow Laces campaign for Sky Sports, which is a member of the TeamPride coalition of businesses and organisations.

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Phil Smith – @philsm

As the Director of Sport, Phil Smith has responsibility for several areas of the Sport England business.  

His team manages long term investments of several hundred millions in various sporting bodies, and giving the subsequent advice to achieve results. The ultimate aim is to ‘transform lives through sport’, which means getting as many people as possible engaged in any sport and physical activity that works for them. 

Phil also leads the organisation’s work in talent development and performance, aiming to maintain England and Great Britain’s international sporting success, while making the talent system more accessible to potential athletes from all backgrounds. 

He has responsibility for Sport England’s workforce ambitions, helping the people who are the vital infrastructure of community sport – coaches, volunteers and club officials.

Phil joined Sport England in 2008 from The Football Association, where his professional career started after Euro ‘96 as the General Secretary of the County FA in Manchester. His football career took him through various roles in the game before becoming The FA’s Head of Policy and Public Affairs, responsible for football industry policy in relation to Government in both the UK and international bodies. 

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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.

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Michelle Weltman – @MichelleWeltman

I have been involved in inclusive sports development, coaching and event management for over 30 years across London. I have worked in local government, charity and the private sector on sports projects and events  I am also a coach educator and volunteer in sports. I am head coach of the biggest most successful LGBT+ swimming club in the country, Out to Swim, and have been for the past 13 years, but have been involved in the club for over 25 years. I have coached Paralympic swimmers and been a coach on the GB para swimming squad and currently work for London Marathon Events as their Para Athlete Lead. I am Chair of the London disability Swim Club and Access to Sports a small sports charity that provides sporting opportunities to under privileged young people in Islington, Haringey and Hackney.