TLV Nemos – New Swimmers off the Block


As a center for LGBT culture and competitive swimming, the Middle East is an unlikely candidate. One plucky team in Tel Aviv, Isreal is working to change that.

The TLV Nemos are a young team. Only one month old in fact – the team only started swimming together in November.

The Nemos origin story is similar to those of many IGLA teams. Sagi Krispin, TLV Nemos Captain, participated in Gay Games 9 held last summer in Cleveland, Ohio. When Krispin returned home to Tel Aviv he decided that Tel Aviv must have a GLBT swimming team.  So he started with  Facebook and formed a team.

The Nemos are diving right in!  They are already working on plans to host the first Tel Aviv Water Games in October 2015.  For the first time ever, this festival will unite the freedom of gay Tel Aviv with an international sports event on the shores of beautiful Tel Aviv. This promises to be an amazing Coming Out Party for an energized debutante team.image

Tel Aviv is known as one of the world’s finest and friendliest GLBT travel destinations. It is a kind of oasis where a person can express themselves or just simply be themselves in cosmopolitan gay-friendly city.

The vibrant scene is alive year-round, with dazzling nightlife, hip restaurants, stylish boutiques, and busy streets hopping with clubs and cafés: perfect for people who love to get out and about.

“Tel Aviv is the perfect spot for GLTB sporting event. Put yourself on the warm sands of the Mediterranean with 28º weather that’s perfect for a beach volleyball tournament. The city is full of Pride, sportsmanship and the joy of competition,” says Krispin.

When you go, plan on sunset yoga on the beach, bicycle tours of the city, and of course – when night falls – the best bars, clubs, and late night celebrations. TWG 2015  is produced by a team of  LGBT producers and athletes who joined together with the leading Israeli sports productions & Tourism company Issta Sport.

IGLA welcomes TLV Nemos and are excited to experience the beauty, charm and energy the Nemos will offer at the Tel Aviv Water Games and IGLA.

5 Internationally Gay & Lesbian & Aquatic Things You Should Know about This Week


The 2015 season of the FINA Men’s Water Polo World League kicks off Tuesday November 18, with the first home-and-away games of the three European groups.


US reality TV star Nicole Ritchie recently took the plunge and took up synchronized swimming on an episode of her AOL Originals reality show, Candidly Nicole.



World OutGames Miami, scheduled to take place in 2017, has launched a crowdfunding campaign. The funds raised will be primarily used to provide financial assistance to athletes from around the world who would otherwise be unable to participate in the games. Some of the funds will be applied toward operations, as well as World OutGames Miami’s efforts to reach LGBTQI athletes across the world. Just a little over a month remains of the 60-day campaign hosted by Indiegogo, and the games have raised less than $5,000 to date.


As we approach Eurogames Stockholm and IGLA 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden, AdFreak reminds us that 20 years before it was cool to cast gay couples, Ikea made this pioneering ad:

The 1994 spot, from Deutsch, ran after 10 p.m. in three markets where Ikea then had a significant presence: New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. The late-night airing ensured that the ad wouldn’t be seen during “family hour” programming.



With Russia set to hold the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan (watch out for wild dogs) and with The FINA Order having been awarded to Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, on October 9, 2014, Elton John spoke out against Russian homophobia during a concert in St Petersburg:

“As a gay man, I’ve always felt so welcome here in Russia. Stories of Russian fans – men and women who fell in love dancing to Nikita, or their kids who sing along to Circle of Life – mean the world to me. If I’m not honest about who I am, I couldn’t write this music. It’s not gay propaganda. It’s how I express life.”

His most recent album, The Diving Board, was released in 2013.

2016 IGLA Championships will be in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

IGLA Annual Meeting Update


The 2014 IGLA Annual Meeting will be held on August 10, 2014 at 3:00 PM EST

If you are participating remotely and having trouble connecting, please email Jason at


Cleveland State University

Student Center Rooms 313 & 315

2121 Euclid Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio 44115


If you are not in Cleveland, you can participate remotely:


IGLA has set up a online meeting 

Join the meeting:

On a computer, use any browser with Flash. Nothing to download.
On a phone or tablet, launch the app and enter meeting code: InternationalGayandLesbianAquatics

Join the audio conference: 
Dial a phone number and enter access code, or connect via internet.

By phone: 
United States – Hartford, CT   +1.860.970.0010
United States – Los Angeles, CA   +
United States – Thousand Oaks, CA   +1.805.309.5900
Access Code   605-020-958#

Other international numbers available

By computer via internet: 
Join the meeting, click the phone icon and select ‘Call via internet’. A small download might be required.

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2014 IGLA Annual General Meeting


SUNDAY,  AUGUST 10, 2014 3 to 5 PM EDT



  1. Call to order, confirmation of notice and quorum
  2. Approval of the minutes of the 2013 annual general meeting held in Seattle, Washington on Tuesday, August 13, 2013
  3. Committees
    1. Women’s Development
    2. Growth and Outreach
    3. Championship Rules, Policies and Procedures
    4. Diving – Croft Vaughn
    5. Swimming
    6. Synchro
    7. Water Polo
  4. Activity Reports of Officers for 2013-2014
    1. Co-President – Scott Kohanowski
    2. Co-Chairs – Damian Strogen and Robert Ryan
    3. Treasurer – Shane Ewen
    4. Secretary – Ryan Robertson
    5. FGG Representatives – Charlie Carson and Ken Heard
    6. Webmaster – Jason Stone
  5. EuroGames Stockholm/IGLA Championships 2015
  6. Presentations from the bidders for the IGLA Championships 2016
    1. Auckland, New Zealand
    2. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    3. Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  7. Election of Board Members
    1. Two Co-Chairs: Two-year terms, the first year as Co-Chairs, the second year as Co-Presidents. The current Co-Chairs, Damian Strogen and Robert Ryan, become the Co-Presidents at the end of the meeting.
    2. FGG Representative: Four-year term. Charles Carson is the outgoing FGG Representative and his term expires at the end of today’s meeting. Ken Heard is the alternating FGG Representative and his term expires in 2016.
    3. Secretary: Two-year term. Ryan Robertson is the outgoing Secretary and his term expires today.
  8. Banner handover
  9. Adjournment

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