A variety of LGBTIQA+ sporting organisations will officially join next year’s Sydney WorldPride festival.
Football, hockey, basketball, roller derby, kickball, water polo, ten-pin bowling, squash, swimming, boxing, running, wrestling, and more will feature between 17 February and 5 March 2023.
Clubs including the Sydney Stingers and Sydney Rams will join several new organisations, with interstate and international championships hosted with support from Sydney WorldPride.
The sports events are one of many streams of activities in the festival, which will also include visual arts, literature, music, dance, digital arts, contemporary performance, and more.
Each LGBTIQA+ sporting organisation has signed Sydney WorldPride’s Sports Inclusivity & Diversity Commitment, which aligns to the shared goal of creating trans-inclusive, accessible events to welcome diverse identities, backgrounds, and disabilities.
Sydney WorldPride CEO Kate Wickett said she was thrilled to see so many sporting organisations join the festival.
“Since we won our bid to bring WorldPride to Sydney, our local LGBTIQA+ sporting organisations have been among the most excited and engaged groups with our plans,” said Wickett.
New South Wales Minister for Tourism and Sport Stuart Ayres said he looked forward to welcoming visitors to the city.
“I’m so pleased to see Sydney’s LGBTIQA+ sporting organisations going from strength to strength and looking forward to welcoming visitors to our beautiful city for games during Sydney WorldPride,” said Ayres.
Pride in Sport Index co-founder Andrew Purchas OAM said he was very proud for Pride in Sport to be working alongside Sydney WorldPride and to help ensure all participating clubs are inclusive for all of the LGBTIQA+ community.
“Sydney WorldPride is going to be an absolutely huge opportunity for our communities to showcase their sporting prowess to the world, as well as demonstrate the ability for sport in general to be an inclusive space for everyone,” said Purchas.
“Pride in Sport is excited to be working with Sydney WorldPride to ensure that everyone is welcome to participate and excel in the sport they love, and to help place our rainbow sporting teams on the world map.”