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Presidents’ Message

Hi All,

With the happy memories of Seattle behind us, this week our new IGLA board of directors convened for our first meeting – progressing much of the work already underway and planning for the years ahead.

Details of who is on the board can be found on the IGLA Website:

The key changes that were confirmed at our Seattle Annual General Meeting are the addition of Damien Strogen (Team Auckland) and Bobby Ryan (Philadelphia FINS) who join the board as the new co-chairs.

We have an exciting year ahead of us. Here is a quick summary:

2018 Gay Games

  • The site selection will be completed in early October.
  • The decision is between Limerick, London, and Paris.
  • IGLA is represented in this final stage by Charlie Carson and Ken Heard who will attend the final presentations on our behalf and discuss their proposed voting with the IGLA board ahead of the final vote.
  • No doubt you will first hear the result via the FGG (Federation of Gay Games) and online news sources, but we will issue a formal communication following the selection to confirm the outcome of this closely contested process.

2014 Gay Games

  • As is normal during a Gay Games year, the annual IGLA championship are combined with the Gay Games and the IGLA Board is working closely with the organisers in Cleveland to ensure that this is a successful and exciting event.
  • Charlie Carson and Ken Heard (as our FGG delegates) are our main point of contact with the Cleveland team.

2015 IGLA Championships

  • We are working through discussions with a number of potential hosts for our IGLA Championships in 2015.
  • There are some great cities interested in holding the event and we hope to have some more detailed updates for you in the next few weeks.

Membership & Outreach

  • The strength of IGLA is in our member clubs. We rely on you to motivate your individual team mates, encourage them to get involved in promoting your teams and IGLA, and to attend our member club meets and annual championships.
  • We have some exciting initiatives in the planning stage to expand our network to attract new members to our IGLA family both established areas and new parts of the globe, particularly Asia and Latin America. If you have contacts who may be interested in forming a new team and need guidance, or if this is an initiative in which you’d like to be involved, please get in touch with the Board.

A lot to look forward to – we’ll see you in the water!


Scott and Gareth
IGLA Co-Presidents 2013/2014

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