Nothing but net: Gayathlon kicks off at the outgames with basketball
In an Outgames first, at this year’s event, women competitors from across a range of sports will battle it out for supremacy at the Gayathlon.
Teams who may be the best-of-the-best when it comes to their chosen sport, will get to dip their toes into other arenas as they compete across basketball, softball, volleyball and football for the top honour.
The concept for the gayathlon at this year’s Outgames was born out of necessity. When not enough women’s teams registered in each sport to allow for a truly great competitive event – the idea for gayathlon was born.
Basketball players from the Sydney Spectres, Trudy ‘Nudie’ Anderson and Shona Hanson who are competing across a range of sports in the Gayathlon, told GNN the concept was a great idea.
“It’s been really well organised. Despite the fact they didn't get as many entrants as they wanted, they’ve made up for that by developing this really good, fun, competitive event,” says Trudy. “That’s really difficult to do when you don't have a lot of players to participate. But it’s been great: competitive, but it’s still sociable which is what it’s meant to be.”
Both Trudy and Shona agree that trying their hand at different sports could be a challenge but they’re ready to give it a go.
“Everyone will feel comfortable in one sport but not in the others. So everyone has a chance to do something they are good at and then have ago at something new,” says Shona. “So it could in a way advertise the other sports. You might like it and you might give it a go when you get home.”
“Also some of the players who might have an injury that prevents them from playing their sport can have a go at something else,” suggests Trudi.
While Trudi isn’t competing in the next round of softball, Shona says she plans on giving it a try – even though it does mean braving the 35-degree heat.
“It gets hot like that in Sydney in summer – so I’m not too worried about it,” she shrugs. “We’ll go home thin… We’ll sweat it all out.”
Unlike some of the other Spectres team members, this is Shona’s first Outgames and she says she was looking forward to not only competing but coming to Darwin.
“It wa a great opportunity to come to somewhere I hadn’t been before.”
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