As Team Sydney member clubs are gearing up for their biggest sports festival ever, it’s easy to forget the true agenda underlying GLBTL sport.

It is not about being the fastest, flabbiest, fittest or most fantastic. Nor is it about poise, position, perfection or, in my case, perplexity. We reiterate that it is about participation.

It’s a sobering realisation, when opportunity welcomes you into the participants’ ranks, that the 1986 Warwick Capper shorts are now a way-too-snug fit, the single remaining shoe (your pooch turned its partner into brunch) still has an instep and the once curvaceously filled cossie now sprouts protuberances in all the wrong places.

Fear not, for you are in good company. Your erstwhile competitors – be they in the pool, lane, field, court or pitch – have either been living it up in domestic bliss, or giving their pound of flesh to a boss who conveniently confuses 17:00 with 7pm, or trashing it up in the same nefarious bars and clubs as you.

The exciting thing about your new engagement with adult sport is that you now have all bases covered (no pun intended). If things are going pear-shaped on the domestic front, your water-tight defence is, “Sorry, I’ve a game to get to.” When your boss looks like he is settling in for the duration, you confidently say, “I have to leave at 5 to get to training.” And, when those nightclubs are calling you with their irresistible siren song, you have the appealing trifecta of “Frontrunners in the morning”, “Wett Ones swim training after work” or “Let’s go bowling first.”

Go to the Team Sydney site, source your sporting fantasy, slip into your sports kit, slap on sunscreen if outdoors (start slowly, of course) and – voila! – your adult sporting career will blossom.

Many crafty club committees have cleverly created sporting events for everyone. We promise that there is an event or activity that will drag you from the ghetto to the grass, and a flock of friendly folk will be on hand to foster your transition from couch potato to player.

Ready to get out to play? Stop by our site first: www.teamsydney.org.au.

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