In preparation for a big year ahead in gay and lesbian sport, Victorian sports umbrella organisation Queer Sport Alliance Melbourne (QSAM) has created a new website.
QSAM vice-president Stephen Vicarioli, who worked on updating QSAM’s online presence, told Southern Star navigating the website is now much easier, with a prominent calendar of upcoming events.
“The previous host was a bit restrictive in what we could put on there. We wanted more content and to better serve our members by highlighting more events and including news announcements which we were having trouble with before,” Vicarioli said.
Last year was a successful year for queer sports in Victoria with people putting in superb performances in a variety of sports, proving Melbourne’s credentials as Australia’s sporting capital extends to its queer community.
Melbourne athletes had a bumper Copenhagen World Outgames, with an impressive medal tally. Standouts included the Glamourheads swim team, the rowing and the track and field teams.
The Melbourne Ace Girls reigned supreme in the Pink Sofa Cup tennis tournament. Adding to the sporting landscape, gay rugby team the Melbourne Chargers was established.
QSAM president Malcolm Campbell told Southern Star during 2010 the focus will be on the eighth Gay Games in Cologne from July 31 to August 7.
“There wasn’t much interest in [the Gay Games] pre-Copenhagen with the Outgames, but suddenly the interest has blossomed and we’re looking at maybe sending more people to Cologne than we did to Copenhagen, in more sports and more people, so watch this space,” Campbell said.
Earlier in the year, there will be sporting events during the Midsumma Festival and QSAM will front a stall with Gay Games representatives.
QSAM will also sponsor a sports-related film during the Melbourne Queer Film Festival in March.

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