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Wetnotes: September 2017

Read IGLA’s regular publication, Wetnotes, published in September 2017.

IGLA 2017: Miami Swimming Follow-Up

IGLA Members recently learned the swimming times from the IGLA Championships in Miami will not count toward USMS Top Ten consideration due to the inadvertent misplacement of the bulkhead during the competition.  This is an unfortunate end-note to an otherwise successful IGLA Championships, which we held despite the debacle that was Outgames Miami.  The IGLA Board would like to thank the Miami Nadadores Swim Team of South Florida and the newly formed Miami Vice Water Polo Team for the countless hours of hard work that they volunteered.

As many of you may know, the IGLA membership awarded the IGLA 2017 Championships to the Outgames at its 2015 Annual Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden.  By the summer of 2016, the IGLA Board became increasingly concerned with the Outgames’ ability to run a successful IGLA Championships.  After the aquatics coordinator for the Outgames quit the organization, the Nadadores graciously stepped up to organize the IGLA Championships on short notice.  The Nadadores and the IGLA Board worked diligently in the months leading up to the event to ensure that the IGLA Championships would take place and were financially protected.  This included securing advanced payment from Outgames for all aquatics facilities, finding coordinators and volunteers for the competitions, and organizing IGLA social events such as the IGLA banquet.

On the eve of the event, the Outgames cancelled its planned opening and closing ceremonies and all sporting  events with the exception of aquatics, soccer, and country line dance.  An audit later revealed the mismanagement of the event by Outgames organizers.  Aquatics was the only sporting event at the Outgames that did not suffer significant hardship due to the mismanagement of the event—thanks to the Nadadores with help from the IGLA board.  For example, even though their event took place, the International Association of Gay and Lesbian Country Western Dance Clubs had to pay $45,000 at the last minute.

The IGLA Board continues to work closely with Paris Aquatique to ensure the integrity of Gay Games 10.  We are committed to working with future IGLA Championship host teams, building on lessons learned from Miami (and past IGLA events) to avoid a repeat of challenges experienced.  We are confident about the future of IGLA.  Thank you everyone who continues to support the IGLA Championships.

We can’t wait to see you all in Paris next year!

IGLA 2017 Championship Wraps on a High Note

Amid Challenges, IGLA 2017 a Resounding Success

As the 2017 IGLA Championship wrapped up on Monday, May 29 in Miami Florida amid challenges, Aquatics Athletes left the Sunshine State with a sense of accomplishment and a renewed sense of community.  Swimmers competed at Ransom Everglades School, setting new national records & multiple personal-bests.  Diving and Water Polo contested at the University of Miami.  The celebration of IGLA’s 30th anniversary closed out to a packed crowd for the Pink Flamingo with special emcee & guest judge, Bianca Del Rio.

Our thanks and gratitude are extended to the Nadadores Swim Team for their incredible hard work in putting on an outstanding Championship, overcoming adversity, and truly showcasing the hospitality of South Florida.  To the countless volunteers who came together at the last minute, for their assistance at the pool and throughout all the aquatic events; accept the gratitude of all participants!

At the 2017 annual meeting, the IGLA membership awarded the bid for the 2019 IGLA Championship to New York City.  Of special note, the 2019 Championship will conclude with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of World Pride in NYC, an event not to be missed!  Congratulations Team New York Aquatics!  Additionally at the annual meeting, the IGLA membership approved a proposal to adopt our new name, IGLA: International LGBTQ+ Aquatics.  The addition of T and Q include the trans and queer communities, and the + is inclusive of our straight, gender nonconforming, gender non-binary, and additional athletes who may not identify with the other letters in the acronym.

Thank you to the athletes, partners, spouses, family members, friends, volunteers, organizers, and countless others who provide the encouragement, love, and support to bring us all together as a Global, inclusive aquatic family!

Team Swimming Results

Congratulations to the following Team Winners in Swimming:

  • Nadadores of South Florida (Large),
  • Swim Fort Lauderdale (Medium),
  • Philadelphia FINS (Small)!

Official event results have been published to United States Masters swimming.  As of the time of publication, we are confirming that the same will be available to respective International swimming federations.

Diving Results

  • 3m Board
    • Women
      • First Place:  Joanna Andersson, Stockholm, with final total of 217.95
      • Second Place:  Pauline Ollén, Stockholm, with final total of 242.75
    • Men 30-39:
      • First Place:  Patrice Gilbert, Montreal, with final total of 350
      • Second Place:  Brian Gilbert, Chicago, with final total of 248.8
      • Third Place:  Jonathan Emerson, New York City, with final total of 217.6
    • Men 50-59:
      • First Place:  Steve Figg, Chicago, with final total of 325.7
      • Second Place:  Luis Bahamon, West Hollywood, with final total of 226.45
  • 1m Board
    • Women
      • First Place:  Pauline Ollén, Stockholm, with final total of 240.35
      • Second Place:  Joanna Andersson, Stockholm, with final total of 208.55
    • Men 30-39:
      • First Place:  Patrice Gilbert, Montreal, with final total of 329.45
      • Second Place:  Jonathan Emerson, New York City, with final total of 208.1
      • Third Place:  Brian Gilbert, Chicago, with final total of 207.15
    • Men 50-59:
      • First Place:  Steve Figg, Chicago, with final total of 289.8
      • Second Place:  Luis Bahamon, West Hollywood, with final total of 198.2

 

Water polo Results

Congratulations to the winning teams in Water Polo from IGLA 2017:

  • Competitive:
    • West Hollywood
    • Tsunami
    • Triggerfish
  • Recreational:
    • Boston
    • London Orca
    • Triggerfish

Uganda Kuchus Aquatic Team

Through the gracious support of many generous people, for the second year, the IGLA Championship has been pleased to welcome the Uganda Kuchus Aquatic Team (UKAT).

UKAT are the only LGBTQ+ swim team in Uganda.  IGLA 2017 represented an unparalleled opportunity for LGBTQ+ activists athletes from one of the most homophobic countries in the world to be a part of an international queer gathering, make connections with other LGBTQ+ people from around the world, and swim and compete in a safe, supportive atmosphere.  The Nadadores of South Florida generously provided housing.

In a country where it is illegal to be gay, the mere membership on an LGBTQ+ team is a courageous act.  IGLA is proud to stand with UKAT.  Our thanks go to all who have contributed to the fund to bring our Ugandan friends to Miami.

 

Congratulations to the New Board

Congratulations to our new Board members elected at the Annual General Meeting in Miami on Sunday, May 28. Pictured here, left to right: Evan Cobb (TNYA), Secretary; Andrew Peppercorn (Ohio Splash), Webmaster; Wonkee Moon (DCAC), Co-President; Nick Davidson (Tsunami Water Polo), Co-President; Amanda Eckler (TNYA), Treasurer; and Liz Carlin (Long Beach Grunions), Co-Chair. Not pictured: Diego Suarez (Nadadores), Co-Chair; Mike Stansberry (Making Waves), FGG Rep; and Sagi Krispin (Tel Aviv Nemos), FGG Rep.

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the Annual General Meeting. The Board appreciates your feedback.  It will help us set the course for the coming year.

Also thank you to our outgoing board members for their years of service: Randy Chamberlain and Jeremy Davidson, Co-Presidents; Ross Linderman, Treasurer; and James Balaguer, Webmaster.

Lessons Learned & Your Feedback

The Board is preparing our post-championship survey for distribution.  Your feedback is incredibly valuable to us.  Please take the time to respond when provided the survey link.  We will be compiling lessons learned and plan to share with the membership in the coming weeks.

Gay Games X: Paris 2018

With IGLA 2017 in the books, take the opportunity to register for Paris 2018 now before the price increases!  Learn more about Gay Games X and the IGLA 2018 Championship here.