TWO Australian LGBTI water polo clubs, the Sydney Stingers and Melbourne Surge, have joined forced to help form a third club, the Brisbane Tritons.

With Fair Day this weekend at Brisbane Pride Festival, Tritons organisers will share a stand with Brisbane’s Aqualicious swim team.

[showads ad=MREC]Melbourne Surge president Ash McMaster said he was “very excited about the prospect of a new team in Brisbane”.

“Water polo is a fun and challenging sport that does wonders for your fitness,” he said.

“I’d never played a team sport or even considered water polo until three years ago when I joined Surge, and I love the positive effects it has had on my life and how fun and social our club is.”

Sydney Stingers president Dave Parsons said: “It’s important for the LGBTI community to band together, not only within our own states, but also across Australia and the world.

“The Stingers and Surge hold bi-annual Grudge Matches, and it’s always fun to get together and meet new people.

“A Brisbane team is a natural progression, and we’d love to add them to the ranks of LGBTI water polo.”

Both the Melbourne Surge and Sydney Stingers have experienced rapid increases in membership in the last year as the sport gained popularity within the LGBTI community.

The increase in memberships led to Water Polo Victoria announcing the first Pride Cup match for 2016 between the two teams (Surge and Stingers) which will take place in Melbourne as part of Midsumma.

If you are interested in being part of the Brisbane Tritons or for more information on the Pride Cup, visit the Tritons site

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