NSW government to support Bingham Cup
Minister for Sport and Recreation, Gabrielle Upton, has announced the NSW government has come on board as a partner for the 2014 Bingham Cup. The Bingham Cup, named for San Francisco gay rugby player Mark Bingham (who died on board UA Flight 93 on September 11) will take place in Sydney during August 2014.
Speaking at a launch for the Cup this morning, Upton said the NSW Government is immensely proud to support the Bingham Cup.
“This will be the first time the event has taken place in the Southern Hemisphere and will be a spectator showcase of rugby with my local team, the Sydney Convicts, defending their 2012 Gay Rugby World Championship against interstate and international rivals,” Upton said.
As Minister for Sport and Recreation Upton said she is passionate about encouraging more people to get involved in sport on a regular basis.
“Events like this help inspire the next generation of stars, like Michael Hodge from the NSW Waratahs or Michael Pyke from the Sydney Swans, to get down to the park and have a kick with friends.
“Importantly, this event reinforces the inclusive nature of sport and highlights the power of sport in making communities from Rose Bay to Rylstone strong, healthy and connected.”
Sydney is the seventh city to hold the Cup and Minister for Major Events and Tourism, George Souris, said this reinforces Sydney’s status as the major sporting events capital of Australia.
“Up to 40 teams from 15 countries, 1500 players and 10,000 spectators will flock to Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs for a rugby bonanza,” said Souris.
Andrew Purchas, President of Bingham Cup Sydney 2014 and Founder of Sydney Convicts Rugby Club, said he’s looking forward to welcoming the gay rugby teams and their supporters from around the world.
“We look forward to showcasing our magnificent and beautiful city and State, and demonstrating how warm, welcoming and friendly Australia is to the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Queer, Transgender, Intersex communities,” Purchas said.
“We are very appreciative of the NSW Government’s support, which is providing invaluable assistance in staging a first class international rugby tournament.”
The Bingham Cup will run over eight days in August and will be hosted at the home grounds of the Sydney Convicts on the harbourside ovals of Woollahra 1,2 and 3 and Lyne Park, in Rose Bay. More info: www.binghamcup.com.au
Image: Left to right: David Whitttker (Convicts), Lachlan McGregor (Convicts), Jay Claydon (Convicts), Bruce Notley-Smith (Member for Coogee), Gabrielle Upton (Sports Minister), Michael Hodge (Waratahs), Andrew Purchas (Bingham),.Mike Pyke (Sydney Swans)