Five reasons to join a GLBTI sports club and where to find one

From wrestling and roller derby clubs to rowing and rugby union rucks, there is plenty more to the plethora of Australian GLBTI sporting organisations in existence than simply hot men in lycra and sweaty physical team bonding.

Whether you’re wanting to improve your health and fitness or simply open up your social circle, there are plenty of great reasons to join one of Australia’s many GLBTI sports clubs. And chances are, there will be one right near you more than happy to take you on as its newest recruit.

So, let’s get physical and give one a go. Here are five great reasons to join a GLBTI sports club now.

1. There are plenty to choose from

In most Australian states and territories there exists a wide variety of GLBTI sports organisations to choose from. From the Argonauts rowing club in Melbourne and the Stingers water polo club in Sydney to the Team Adelaide mixed tennis club and the Aqualicious swim team in Brisbane, the options on offer to join are limitless, both by sport category and location.

To find links to the many Australian GLBTI sports clubs currently operating, scroll to the bottom of this page.

2. You’ll widen your social circle

Joining a GLBTI sports organisation is a great way to widen your network of friends, especially if you’ve recently moved to a new city or are simply feeling as though you’re in a bit of a social slump. In addition to weekly practice sessions, games and competitions, most GLBTI sports clubs also regularly host trivia nights, fundraisers and other fun events, so you’ll be able to bond with your team mates both on and off the field/river/wrestling mat.

Take heed of this wise old adage though: don’t shit where you eat. No matter how hot or handsome your fellow ten pin bowling partners or OUTdance compatriots are, avoid casual hook ups with your team members. Things will get messy if things go south. Friends of fellow players though are open season, so go for gold and always make sure to have a sexual health strategy in full stride – whether that be PrEP, condoms and lube, the utilisation of an undetectable viral load as an HIV prevention strategy or a combination thereof. And be sure to get tested at least every six months if you’re sexually active or each quarter if you’re particularly busy in the bedroom.

3. You’ll make meaningful connections

Platonic friendship isn’t the easiest thing to come by in gay bars or on the apps, where hook-ups and dating tend to be the name of the game. Which leave gay sports clubs as surprisingly rare places to connect with other GLBTI people in a purely non-sexual way. So if you’re looking to have some more gay men in your life who will still be there after your first breakfast together, joining one of these sports organisations is a great way to start.

4. Fitness and health

If the monotony of your day to day gym routine is leaving you in a rut, joining a sports club may be the solution. Not only will your physical health and fitness improve, but connecting with others and exercising together as a team will also improve your mental wellbeing. It’s always easy to hit the snooze button at 6am when your alarm goes off and miss that morning gym session, but when others are relying on you to fill a four sweep rowing boat, sleeping in is no longer an option. Exercising with others will motivate and inspire you to up your fitness game.

5. They’re all-inclusive

The vast majority of GLBTI sports clubs cater to everyone regardless of age, sexuality or gender, which make for positive and diverse communities where everyone feels at ease. Most are also open to novices, so don’t let your fitness level or lack of experience in the sport at hand deter you. Usually a range of beginners programs are on offer to give you a crash course and then different levels of fitness and experience are supported and trained in different leagues within the club’s various training sessions and competitions.


Australian GLBTI sports clubs

New South Wales

For a range of gay sports clubs, visit Team Sydney

BadmintonSydney Hotshots LGBTQ+ Badminton
BadmintonSydney Shuttle Badminton Club
BasketballSydney Spectres
BushwalkingThe Southern Cross Outdoors Group
CyclingSydney Spokes
Dragon BoatDifferent Strokes Dragon Boat Club
HockeyBentstix Hockey Club
NetballSurry Hills Netball Club
RugbySydney Convicts
RunningSydney Frontrunners
SailingGLORY Gay and Lesbian Organisation for Racing and Yachting
Scuba diving and snorkellingSydney Underwater Bushwalking Society (SUBS)
SoccerSydney Rangers FC
SoftballSydney Outfielders Softball League
SquashGsquash Sydney
Surf LifesavingLifesavers with Pride
SurfingGay Surfers
SwimmingWett Ones Sydney
Ten pin bowlingSydney Rams Ten Pin Bowling Club
TennisTennis Sydney
VolleyballFreezone Volleyball Club
Water PoloSydney Stingers
WrestlingSydney Silverbacks Wrestling Club
YogaCE Yoga

Don’t see your club here? Email Emen8 and we’d be happy to add you.


For a range of gay sports clubs, visit Team Melbourne

AFL, find all teams atTeam Melbourne
BadmintonMelbourne Smashers
BasketballMelbourne Spectres
CyclingBent Kranks
Martial ArtsMelbourne Dragons
MotorcyclingMelbourne Motorcycle Tourers Inc
RowingMelbourne Argonauts
RugbyMelbourne Chargers
RunningMelbourne Frontrunners
SoccerMelbourne Rovers
SwimmingMelbourne Glamourheads
TennisVIC Tennis
VolleyballMelbourne Spikers Volleyball Club
Water PoloMelbourne Surge Water Polo
WrestlingMelbourne Wranglers Wrestling Club
DanceDance Cats
OutdoorsThe Nomads Outdoors Group Inc.
Roller DerbyKingston City Rollers
Ten Pin BowlingSixty Niners Bowling League

Don’t see your club here? Email Emen8 and we’d be happy to add you.


For a range of gay sports clubs, visit Team Brisbane Sports and Team Rainbow

CyclingBrisbane Rainbow Cyclists
Latin and Ballroom DancingDance With Me
RugbyBrisbane Hustlers Rugby
RunningBrisbane Frontrunners
TennisTeam Brisbane Tennis
Touch FootballBrisbane Social Touch Football Group – New Farm
Water PoloBrisbane Tritons

Don’t see your club here? Email Emen8 and we’d be happy to add you.

Western Australia

For a range of gay sports clubs, visit Team Perth

BadmintonPerth LGBTQI Badminton Group
BushwalkingWA Wanderers
DanceOut Dance
HockeyPerth Pythons Hockey Club
Indoor Rock ClimbingQLimb Perth
Surf LifesavingScarboro Surf Lifesaving Club
TennisLoton Park Tennis Club
Touch FootballCrush Perth Touch Club
Water PoloPerth White Pointers

Don’t see your club here? Email Emen8 and we’d be happy to add you.

South Australia

For a range of gay sports clubs, visit Team Adelaide

DanceSA Same-sex Dance Sport
RunningFrontrunners Adelaide
Ten Pin BowlingTeam Adelaide Ten Pin Bowling
TennisTeam Adelaide Mixed Tennis
VolleyballAdelaide Spikers Volleyball

Don’t see your club here? Email Emen8 and we’d be happy to add you.

Australian Capital Territory

TennisPink Tennis
SquashGay ACT Squash

Don’t see your club here? Email Emen8 and we’d be happy to add you.


If you’d like to kick start a GLBTI sports club in Tasmania, visit Pride in Sport.

Northern Territory

If you’d like to kick start a GLBTI sports club in the Northern Territory, visit Pride in Sport.

Don’t see your club here? Email Emen8 and we’d be happy to add you.

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