Sydney’s Wett Ones swimming club is preparing to take on the world next year and is training hard in preparation.
The Wett Ones are expected to walk away with a swag of medals at next year’s 1st Asia Pacific Outgames in Melbourne as they take on their rivals in the city’s purpose-built Commonwealth Games pool.
Wett Ones swimming spokeswoman Jo McGuiness said there was still time for any water lover keen to go to the Games to join the squad.
“We always give everyone a free shot,” she said. “We also have people who are heterosexual in the club – they are just simply gay-friendly.”
McGuinness said the club was a great example of the community’s diversity, and a friendly bunch of people who were always welcoming to potential new members.
“It is just an overall great opportunity for showing the diversity of the community and an indication of how far we have come as a global community in terms of same-sex issues and awareness of these issues,” she said.
The Melbourne equivalent, the Glamourhead Sharks, are also in training and looking forward to re-igniting the Sydney-Melbourne rivalry – but in a spirit or sportsmanship.
Glamourheads president Alan Shepherd said the Games provided a fantastic opportunity for the international gay and lesbian community to interact.
“The shared spirit of competition at an international event like this is pretty amazing to experience and one the Glamourheads are looking forward to,” Shepherd said.
“This integration of the competition into the national swimming calendar is an important part of raising awareness for gay and lesbian sporting clubs.”
The 2008 Melbourne Outgames will be held 30 January-3 February. Registrations are open now. Details: www.melbourneoutgames.org.
For information about joining and training with Wett Ones, visit www.wettones.org.

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