Get ready for an endorphin rush as Team Sydney puts on its running shoes for the 2012 Mardi Gras Sports Festival, starting February 11.

With more than 20 events, including grass hockey, dragon boat racing, salsa and the always fashionable little black dress fun run, there is something for everyone.

“Many of the sports events cater for beginners through to advanced,” Team Sydney president Dean Matterson said. “Make that first step and give it a go.”

While some events require participants to be of a certain level, others are up for taking on beginners.

“It’s best to check with the sports club holding the event if you need to be a certain standard in that sport,” Matterson said. “Participants often invite their friends or family to play in the events.”

The Mardi Gras Sports Festival gives everyone a chance to try out a sport and maybe even sign up to a club, while other events, like the tennis championship, are more competitive.

“Some clubs’ events are social days and a chance to meet other people in a relaxed environment,” Matterson said. “Some clubs are holding competitions or tournaments which is an opportunity for people to practise for the Gay Games or Outgames.”

Some events have prizes for the top atheletes.

“Most sports have tropies or medals as prizes,” Matterson said. “In some sports, like tennis, the event is part of a World Tour, which attracts point.”

While Team Sydney won’t have a Mardi Gras float in the parade this year, Matterson invited volunteers to help out with the creation of floats being organised by the separate teams, and to help out with the festival.

“Unfortunately Team Sydney are not having a float this year, but hope to have a float next year,” he said. “Many of the sports clubs under Team Sydney’s umbrella are organising their own floats in this year’s parade and will march in a sports section.”

INFO: www.mardigras.org.au/sport or contact a club directly for info on how to enter.

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