Bingham Cup: San Francisco Fog have eyes on top prize in Sydney
The rugby boys from San Francisco are heading down under with one goal in mind – to take the Bingham Cup back to its original home.
The San Francisco Fog held the first Bingham Cup back in 2002 in honour of one of their original players Mark Bingham, who was killed in the September 11 attacks on New York, and club president Paolo Diaz says the team has a special link to Sydney.
“The Fog is stoked to roll down under, we’re excited the Bingham Cup has come to Sydney,” Diaz says.
“Our two cities have a special connection as Mark’s travels led him to Sydney where he met one of his best friends and the founder of the Sydney Convicts - your very own Fuzz Purchas – who also lived in San Francisco and played for the Fog in the very first Bingham Cup.”
With their eyes on the prize, Diaz concedes that victory won’t be easy, the last six tournaments having seen “many hard fought and exciting battles between the Fog and Convicts.”
From the six teams who competed in the first Bingham Cup, the International Gay Rugby Board & Association which manages the tournament now boasts 60 clubs from all over the world.
“We never imagined the Bingham Cup would have grown to become what it is today or for it to have the impact on gay rugby, rugby in general and international sport that it has,” former San Francisco Fog president Chris Zerlaut says.
“Mark was in PR and, it’s only fitting that although the tournament is about rugby competition, camaraderie and rugby fun, the Bingham Cup is in a unique position to help drive positive change in sports and change general perceptions of gay athletes.”
To celebrate the connection between San Francisco and Sydney, the Fog will be downing some beers on Oxford Street on August 26. Check their Facebook page for details.
Donations to help bring the team to Sydney are welcome and can be done via website http://www.gofundme.com/fogrugby
Images: Courtesy of Facebook.com/FogRugby