For those interested in travelling to gay and lesbian sports events let me assure you the wheels are turning inexorably towards some major excitement. It’s nice to know that Australia is firmly in the sights of major events organisers and that Australians are helping to turn the wheels.
The big gathering just over a week ago was the Federation of Gay Games 25th birthday bash and annual meeting. Beyond the celebration of longevity the informed word was that the new FGG structure with a smaller, more responsible board is more effective than it ever was before.
We’re proud that two people from Sydney have been appointed to the FGG Board. Kate Rowe is female vice-president for diversity. Team Sydney’s own Jon Baldan is now the director responsible for technology. Congratulations to both.
The other informed word was that planning for the 2010 Gay Games in Cologne is going well. This week the Cologne organisers announced one thousand days to go. If you are really keen you can pre-register at www.games-cologne.com and pay some of the fees while the Australian dollar remains strong.
Wheels are turning towards two other major events. The Melbourne Outgames this January and the international Outgames, Copenhagen 2009, are closer on our calendar. Two Outgames representatives are stationed in Sydney for a few months. If you would like to know more, send an email to Soren Petersen at [email protected] or Bo Madsen at [email protected] Bo and Soren are getting themselves around to various clubs; if you would like to know where they are going to be or want your club on their itinerary, get in touch with them.
Why do we at Team Sydney want you to know about these events? Well, hundreds of locals will be attending but, more importantly, being informed can help you or your club plan for the future.
Team sport clubs can start making decisions about fundraising to help their teams participate. Clubs and individuals can plan their training programs to produce peak ability at the events and these can produce competitive environments that benefit everyone’s performance.
Even if you think you can’t attend because of budgets, work commitments or any number of reasons, major events can be focus points for which you can aim.
If you’re the partner of a training tragic, hang in there – your support is so important. And who knows, you might get excited enough to go along yourself this time.
Email us at [email protected] or visit www.teamsydney.org.au.

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