Let the Gay Games begin! - Raymond Helkio - MyGayToronto
Let the Gay Games begin! 14 March 2018.
Held every four years since 1982, the Gay Games brings people together from all over the world under an umbrella of diversity, respect, equality, solidarity and sharing. The Gay Games is a global multi-sport and culture event open to all, young or old, athlete or artist, experienced or novice, gay or straight. The difference from the Olympics is that you do not need to be an elite athlete to compete, and in most sports you don't need to qualify, however in some cases there are entry requirements such as events that double as a world championship. Athletes compete in age brackets of five to ten years, depending on the sport and the attendance. In teams, the competitive age category is usually based on the age of the youngest member of the team. There are some exceptions to this rule, rowing is determined by the average age of the crew and athletics relay events are determined by the combined ages of team members. Some sports are structured to include a variety of competition formats, which range from competitive to social to recreational. If you're looking for a reason to scratch that French itch, this might be your raison d'être.
Registration is open for this summer's games which will be happening in Paris, France. The Games are eight days long starting with an opening ceremony and ending with a closing ceremony plus a three-day conference at City Hall.
For more information or to register: 2018 Gay Games: Saturday August 4-12, 2018