Thanks to the generous support of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association (SGLBA), Team Sydney’s annual Sports Day Out event will go ahead this year.

Team Sydney Sports Council secretary Wally Salinger told the Star Observer the event was not able to be held in 2010 because of a lack of funding.

“It’s only because of SGLBA stepping in after Team Sydney was refused funding by the City of Sydney local community grants program that we’ve been able to do this,” Salinger said. “It costs us about three grand to run this event.”

Sports Day Out 2011 will be held on Sunday, October 9, 11am-4pm at Sydney Boys High School in Moore Park. Attendees can watch or take part in social and competitive sports, indoor and outdoor sports, and dry land and water sports.

The Sydney Convicts, Freezone volleyball, the Sydney Spectres basketball club, Tennis Sydney, Unbiased Bowls, and Gay and Lesbian Martial Arts are some of the sporting groups that will be there.

Despite the landlocked location, the Australian Cruising Yacht Club will also be there and will put on a barbeque as a fundraiser and to support Team Sydney.

Freezone volleyball will have a coffee-and-cake stall, and healthy cold refreshments will be available.

Salinger said half those who attended Team Sydney’s Sports Day Outs had little or no past experience with sport and the day was a great way for people to try their hand at a sport, make new friends, and get to know the gay and lesbian sports teams around Sydney who were looking for members.

“Some people may not have had the opportunity to get involved in sports in the past, while others may have had bad experiences with sport during their schooling or growing up,” Salinger said.

“This is the place to go to meet the teams and find their feet.”

For those already involved in gay and lesbian community sports, Salinger said Sports Day Out was a great day to network with other teams and find out what else might fit into their schedule.

Salinger also thanked ACON for its support.

“ACON is a very large supporter of Team Sydney, Freezone volleyball, the Convicts and many other clubs, all of whom will be at Sports Day Out, and we hope to make those community links more firmly entrenched,” he said.


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