COMING off their most successful season to date with a the gold medal at the Antwerp Outgames this year and being crowned Pink Hockey world champions, Bentstix LGBTI hockey club will hold an open day on January 12 to attract new members.
The 2013 season saw Bentstix enter three teams in the Sydney club competition for the first time, with the men’s Division 7 squad winning the grand final and the women’s team just missing out after a hard-fought grand final.
Bentstix president Brodie West told the Star Observer that Australian hockey sporting bodies were the first to implement specific anti-homophobia codes and policies.
“Hockey has always been a sporting leader in promoting diversity in sport and inclusiveness,” he said.
“Melbourne hockey clubs have been promoting ‘fair go, sport’ for a number of years now, which has seen many Victorian teams dedicate a whole round to wearing rainbow socks.”
Bentstix are now on the lookout for new sponsors with a Pink Hockey tournament planned for Mardi Gras and the LGBTI summer hockey competition Fun Sticks.
“We will also be sending a men’s, and a women’s team to the Asia Pacific Outgames in Darwin, as well as a men’s team to the Pink Hockey tournament in London to defend our current titles,” West said.
For 2014, Bentstix plans to field three men’s teams and two women’s teams with the men to contest Divisions 5, 7 and 8 and the women in the Division 3 and 4 competitions respecively.