Whether it was squatting behind the stumps watching a bowler take their mark, or diving cross-court to return a shuttlecock, sport has been an important vehicle for belonging in my life. Never more so than in my coming out.
I came out in my late 20s, feeling like I was coming incredibly late to the party. I wanted to feel a part of that community that I had admired from afar for so long, but I’d never been at home on the dance floor so finding my tribe on Oxford Street was too terrifying to even contemplate. I was fortunate however that it was not too long before I heard Team Sydney’s call to ‘Get Out & Play’.
SYDNEY WOMEN’S BASEBALL LEAGUE
After the disappointment of a COVID-cancelled 2020 season that would have been their 25th, it is game on for the Sydney Women’s Baseball League in 2021. An enthusiastically attended Open Day in April has replenished the League’s line-ups and the season is now well underway.
If you have not been down to Mahoney Memorial Reserve in Marrickville during the winter season then you have been missing out. Come Sunday afternoon the park’s two diamonds come alive to a sea of human and canine spectators, complete with a sausage sizzle to rival even that of Bunnings.
For those of you needing an invitation, here it is. To celebrate – belatedly – SWBL’s 25th Anniversary, the League is teaming up with ACON on Sunday, June 27 to host the SWBL Community Cup. This invitational round-robin will be an opportunity for Sydney’s queer sporting codes to see if they can beat SWBL at their own game – all in the name of good fun[draising].
If your sporting league or club would like to be involved, the SWBL Committee welcome you to get in touch through their website – www.swbl.org
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