Summer’s hottest are out to play.

An ex of mine would always take time to comment how much he loved summer. It had something to do with how much more there was to see of each individual on the street, beach or sports field.

With that in mind, what do the following sports have in common: badminton, dancesport, field hockey, lawn bowls, rowing, running, squash, swimming, tenpin bowling, tennis, volleyball and water polo? They are events to which Team Sydney’s member clubs are sending lots of participants: the first Asia Pacific Outgames in Melbourne from 30 January to 3 February.

I discuss my former home town with familiarity, love and respect for the thing she does best – plays, watches, and organised sport, then comments on all of the various aspects of all of the above.

Could it be she (Miss Melboring) is stealing the limelight of the 2008 summer? If QSAM (Queer Sports Association of Melbourne) has its way, those who don’t make the pilgrimage south this year will be the poorer for their choice.

Now here is what the thinking sportsperson has planned over the next few weeks. They have registered for a sport in Melbourne and have started a progressive training régime to have their bodies in peak condition for the gruelling event on hand.

Teams are in “team-building mode” and uniforms are ordered to ensure the best-dressed prize is bagged before leaving town.

Sadly, after a gruelling games, followed by the “after the after the what’s after that parties”, with a body that is a toned picture of perfection, one must remember that Princess Mardi Gras turns 30 within days of returning home.

It is not too late to play. Let Team Sydney help out: www.teamsydney.org.au.

For more information on the Melbourne Outgames, including ticket sales and athlete registration, visit www.melbourneoutgames.org.

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