Gay Games Aquatics

Prague Rainbow Spring 2014


Every year we welcome LGBT athletes here in Prague. Every year we make new friends, every year we can’t wait to see you. But 2014 is going to be something special —our 15th anniversary. Come back to play with us again, come back to celebrate with us.

Let’s LIVE IT UP together! Prague, May 1-4, 2014,

This year, we have chosen a 25 meters swimming pool (3,5 – 1,2 m deep), situated in a University sport center in a quiet part of Prague, easily reachable with the city rail.

Registration is now opened at our website:

Looking forward to seeing you in Prague

Alcedo Prague Team

IGLA Statement in Support of Russian LGBT Community

The Russian LGBT Sports Federation is hosting the Russian Open Games in Moscow from February 26, 2014 to March 2, 2014 immediately following the Winter Olympics in Sochi and prior to the Paralympics. The Russian Open Games has the goal of promoting sports among the LGBT community and its supporters and swimming will be one of the 8 competitions.

As we should all be well aware, Russia recently passed legislation that bans “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors.” What speech and activities constitute propaganda are unclear and the law has been implemented to ban not only gay pride parades but also any demonstration raising awareness of the plight of LGBT people in Russia. The law has had the secondary effect of declaring open hunting season on the LGBT community by placing an official stamp of disapproval on it. This state-sanctioned stigma has resulted in job loss, gay baiting, and police indifference to violent hate crimes against LGBT folk.

The unambiguous, express language of the Olympic Charter states “[a]ny form of discrimination … on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise, is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic movement.” The International Olympic Committee had an opportunity to stay true to its charter and call to task its 2014 host nation. Instead the IOC has whitewashed Russia’s regime claiming that it is not in violation of the Olympic Charter, and in any case, the Olympics is not a political forum. The IOC has warned both the athletes and spectators not to engage in any form of political protest or demonstration during the Winter Olympics. This seems to include wearing rainbow flags or holding hands.

While other nations, notably in Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East, may have a more chilling human rights record with respect to their LGBT citizens, Russia is now the focus of international attention due to the Olympics, which presents a unique opportunity to raise global awareness of a persecuted sexual minority. The controversy will not end as the World Cup will be held in Russia in 2018 and in Qatar in 2022, where men can be jailed for up to three years for homosexual acts.

The International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics Association expresses its unambiguous support to the Russian LGBT Sports Federation and all LGBT individuals in Russia. We are shocked and concerned with the events as they are unfolding there and we admire the courage and resilience of Russia’s LGBT community in the face of persecution and personal violence. You are not alone.

The IGLA Board of Directors

TNYA Swim and Dive Camp

The TNYA swim and dive camp will be held in Fort Lauderdale 23 to 29 March and is $300 that includes all workouts, video analysis, clinics, plus two social functions.

The camp is open to all swimmers – we have a great range of paces from elite to beginners. We also have diving and for real keen beans we offer both sport for $450.  Registration link is here: and any questions can be sent to

We also have a group rate at the Marriott across the road from the pool: $189 plus tax per night for up to 4 people.  They just need to quote TNYA when booking through the hotel.

EBSC’s 2014 Love to Swim Meet

EBSC 2014 Swim Classic
‘Love to Swim!’
Sunday, February 09, 2014
English Bay Swim Club

Location: Vancouver Aquatic Centre
1050 Beach Ave Vancouver, BC V6E 1T7
Warm-up: 9:30 to 10:15 am
MSC warm-up procedures will be in affect at this meet.
Sanction No: SBCM 1405 Events: 10:30 am – 4 pm
Rules: MSC rules and the Swim BC Tech Guide will be in effect at this meet. Pool: 25m x 8 lane competition pool with electronic timing.
25y x 6 lane warm-up pool
Seeding: All events are timed finals. Men and women will be seeded together in the same events by time. This will be a cardless meet with the exception of relays.
Awards: All swimmers will receive a certificate of participation. Award labels showing name, event, time and placing will be given to each swimmer.
Eligibility: Swimmers currently registered with their provincial, state or national Masters organization are eligible to compete. Must have proof of Masters Affiliation.
Entry Info: The entry fee is CAD $35 or USD $35 per person and must accompany registration. No deck or phone entries. We encourage all participants to enter as early as they can and to register quickly and easily online follow the link at http://www.englishbay.orgIf you absolutely can’t register online, please complete this entry form and mail to:

English Bay Swim Club – Love to Swim!
c/o Vancouver Aquatic Centre
1050 Beach Avenue, Vancouver BC V6E 1T7

(Please make cheque payable to English Bay Swim Club)

There is a limit of four (4) events per swimmer, plus relays. Relay entry forms will be available at the meet and must be submitted by 10am. Your club is also invited to take part in the exhibition and entertaining Pink Flamingo Relay (1 team entry per club, exhibition, deck entry, limit of 6 teams).

800/1500 Free: Each of these events will be limited to the first 24 swimmers who register (3 heats each event). Positive check in will be necessary during warm up.
Social Events: There will be a pasta dinner Saturday night before the meet hosted by the cub. After the meet, we will go for drinks and food at a local pub. (Locations TBA).
Deadline: Entries must be received on or by Sunday, February 02, 2014.
Meet Mgrs: Khosro Mansuri & Patrick McGowan Email:
Events: M/F  Events (Cont): M/F
400 Free 1 PINK FLAMINGO RELAY Exhibition
200 Medley Relay (mixed 2b) 2a 2c 200 I.M. 11
100 I.M. 3 50 Free 12
50 Breast 4 200 Back 13
100 Back 5 100 Breast 14
200 Fly 6 100 Fly 15
100 Free 7 200 Free 16
200 Breast 8 50 Back 17
50 Fly 9 400 I.M. 18
400 Medley Relay
(mixed 10 b)
10a 10c 200 Free Relay
(mixed 18b)
19a 19c
Break   800/1500 Free 20 21
Swimmers may also wish to donate to A Loving Spoonful, a non-partisan society that provides free, nutritious meals to people living with HIV/AIDS in the Greater Vancouver Area. Please consider including a donation on your registration form.

QUAC’s Ski-n-Swim

Ski-n-Swim 2014 – Ski-n-Swim is not just for swimmers but for everyone!

Ski-n-Swim will be held February 14-16th, 2014. We will have the opening social Friday night, Swim meet on Saturday morning with a group dinner that evening.

We will be skiing on Sunday as well as taking advantage of the spa at Snowbird. Please pass the event along and let’s get as many of our clubs across the nation to come swim with us!

Register here:

Order of Events (SCY)

200 Free
50 Breast
100 Back
100 IM
500 Free
200 Free Relay
100 Fly
50 Free
100 Breast
50 Back
200 Medley Relay
50 Fly
200 IM
100 Free
200 Martini Relay*

*The martini relay is a fun relay at the end of the meet to relax and enjoy :)

Orca Swim Team Pentathlon SYC Swim Meet

Warm-up: 1:00 PM
Meet starts at 2:00 PM
Sanctioned by PNA for USMS Inc. #364-S005

LOCATION: Juanita Aquatic Center, @ Juanita HS, 10601 NE 132nd St. Kirkland, WA 98034

FACILITY: 25 yard pool, 6 lanes, separate warm-up area. Temp 82°F The length of the competition course is in compliance and on file with USMS in accordance with articles 105.1.7 and 107.2.1, but as a bulkhead course, is subject to length confirmation. Eligibility of times for USMS Top 10 and Records will be contingent on verification of bulkhead placement.

RULES: Current USMS rules will govern the meet.


  • Short pentathlon events include 50 fly, 50 back, 50 breast, 50 free & 100 IM (marked * below).
  • Medium Pentathlon events include 100’s of each stroke & 200 IM (marked ** below).
  • Long Pentathlon events include 200’s of each stroke & 400 IM (marked *** below).
  • Individual Event DQs:
    • DQs in individual events will normally not disqualify a swimmer from the pentathlon.
    • An additional 10 seconds will be added to the swimmer’s time for each 50 yards of the race and that time will be used in the pentathlon portion of the meet.
      • The meet referee may suspend this at his/her discretion if it is believed the swimmer did not attempt the proper stroke
    • • A time penalty of 10 seconds per 50y of race length will be added to the finish time for any race in which a swimmer is DQed.
    • The time from a race in which the swimmer was DQed will still be recorded as a DQ in official meet results
  • Swimmers do not have to participate in the pentathlon to compete in the meet.
  • Swimmers may register for a maximum of any 5 events, but must register for corresponding events to participate in the pentathlon.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to all USMS and FINA 2014 registered swimmers, 18 and above as of March 29, 2014. Bring a copy of your Masters registration card if you are not a USMS member.

ENTRIES: Swimmers may enter up to 5 individual events. Entries must be postmarked by Friday March 21st, or completed online by 11:59 PM (Pacific) Wednesday, March 26th. Click here to register online and for additional information.


1 200 Fly***
2 100 Fly**
3 50 Fly*
4 200 Back***
5 100 Back**
6 50 Back*
–10 Minute Break–
7 200 Breast***
8 100 Breast**
9 50 Breast*
10 200 Free***
11 100 Free**
12 50 Free*
–10 Minute Break–
13 400 IM***
14 200 IM**
15 100 IM*

Gay Games 9 Registration Fee Increase Thursday 1/16/2014

The event-specific fee increase was postponed until this Thursday. Swimming, synchronized swimming and water polo participants who register before Thursday will save $10 on your AQUATICS fee. Click here.

General Registration is US$195. Use discount code: WATERNEWS when you register before Thursday and pay only $165 for general registration.