Whilst we’re all busy getting prepared for this year’s Pride Sports Festival we’ve taken a moment to reminisce on the fun everyone had with last year’s sports. From tennis to rugby, there really was something for everyone.
Pride Sports Festival attracts players from all genders, sexual preferences and identities. We aim to increase the confidence of members in our community and create a safe environment to play sport.
One of the driving forces behind Perth Pride Sports Festival was the Perth Pythons hockey team. Perth Pythons also happened to be founded by our very own Simon Thuijs. Perth Pythons participated in our hockey tournament, and even competed against Sydney’s LGBT hockey team Bentstix, who flew all the way to Perth for the event.
Along with hockey, Pride Sports Festival had tennis, women’s AFL, roller derby, water polo, rugby union, and touch rugby.
At the event, there were opportunities to sign up to inclusive sporting teams to play well after Pride Sports Festival was over.
With last year’s event boasting seven sports, we had 181 athletes competing and over 500 spectators cheering them on. Overall, 87.7% of athletes that participated said that their confidence improved since participating and 72.9% of athletes wanting to join a club after the event.
Pride Sports Festival isn’t all just about competing to see who the best player is, it is about celebrating LGBT inclusivity in sports and breaking down stereotypes. That’s why alongside traditional awards we had prizes for ‘Best Team Goal Celebration’ and ‘Proudest Player’.
This year we’re planning to expand on our range of sports offered at the event. Of course, hockey and Perth Pythons will absolutely be returning, and we’re excited to announce more sports in coming months.