Racking up the points: Squash wraps up at Outgames
In one of the most hotly contested competitions in the Outgames, men, women and mixed teams competed at the squash court at Marrara for the chance to be known as Outgames champions.
Dropshots, hotballs and crosscourt play abounded as players from around the country and Malaysia competed for the top honours.
Team Sydney secretary Norman Mitchell and Bernard Tai both from Sydney’s GSquash (an inclusive LGBTI squash league) told GNN about their experiences at the games.
Tai who has been playing squash for the past twelve years says he and the GSquash team decided to come to the Outgames to test their skills and have some fun.
“It’s been a really good day,” he said. “We have varying levels of squash playing ability, so it’s proved interesting. And we also arranged to play together so everyone got a good game in.”
The trip marks Tai’s first time to Darwin, however he popped his Outgames cherry In Wellington New Zealand.
“I wanted to come along because I hadn’t been to Darwin before so it was a good excuse to see some of the sights,” he told GNN, adding, “It’s nice to see some familiar faces from the previous games. And it’s great to compete and get together.”
Both Tai and Mitchell (who is attending his first Outgames in Darwin) believe the Outgames provide a wonderful opportunity for LGBTI people to forge new friendships and connections.
“For us it’s more about seeing the community outside the nightclubs and shops and reastaurants of Oxford Street, Surry Hills and Darlinghurst” said Tai.
Mitchell added: “You get to meet gay people from different states, and get to learn about other gay people from around the world.”
Both men agree they will be back next Outgames to compete.
“Absolutely – we have to defend our medals.”