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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 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

Sport Club
Badminton Sydney Hotshots LGBTQ+ Badminton
Badminton Sydney Shuttle Badminton Club
Basketball Bushrangers Basketball
Basketball Sydney Spectres
Bushwalking The Southern Cross Outdoors Group
Cycling Sydney Spokes
Dragon Boat Different Strokes Dragon Boat Club
Hockey Bentstix Hockey Club
Netball Surry Hills Netball Club
Rugby Sydney Convicts
Running Sydney Frontrunners
Sailing GLORY Gay and Lesbian Organisation for Racing and Yachting
Soccer Sydney Rangers FC
Softball Sydney Outfielders Softball League
Squash Gsquash Sydney
Surf Lifesaving Lifesavers with Pride
Surfing Gay Surfers
Swimming Wett Ones Sydney
Ten pin bowling Sydney Rams Ten Pin Bowling Club
Tennis Tennis Sydney
Volleyball Freezone Volleyball Club
Water Polo Sydney Stingers
Wrestling Sydney Silverbacks Wrestling Club
Yoga CE Yoga

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

Victoria

Sport Club
Badminton Melbourne Smashers
Basketball Bushrangers Basketball
Basketball Melbourne Spectres
Cycling Bent Kranks
Dance Dance Cats
Ice Hockey Southern Lights Ice Hockey Club
Martial Arts Melbourne Dragons
Motorcycling Melbourne Motorcycle Tourers Inc
Outdoors The Nomads Outdoors Group Inc.
Roller Derby Kingston City Rollers
Rowing Melbourne Argonauts
Rugby Melbourne Chargers
Running Melbourne Frontrunners
Soccer Melbourne Rovers
Swimming Melbourne Glamourheads
Tennis VIC Tennis
Ten Pin Bowling Sixty Niners Bowling League
Volleyball Melbourne Spikers Volleyball Club
Water Polo Melbourne Surge Water Polo
Wrestling Melbourne Wranglers Wrestling Club

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

Queensland

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

Sport Club
Basketball Bushrangers Basketball
Basketball Brisbane Spectres
Bushwalking OutTrekkers
Cycling Brisbane Rainbow Cyclists
Latin and Ballroom Dancing Dance With Me
Rugby Union Brisbane Hustlers Rugby
Running Brisbane Frontrunners
Soccer Brisbane Inferno FC
Swimming Aqualicious
Tennis Team Brisbane Tennis
Touch Football Brisbane Social Touch Football Group – New Farm
Water Polo Brisbane 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

Sport Club
AFL Perth Hornets
Badminton Perth LGBTQI Badminton Group
Basketball Perth Spectres
Bushwalking WA Wanderers
Cycling Perth LGBTIQ Social Cycling Group
Dance Out Dance
Hiking Perth Gay & Bi Male Hikers
Hockey Perth Pythons Hockey Club
Rock Climbing The Rock Wallabies
Rowing Iron Oars Rowing Club WA
Rugby Union Perth Rams
Running Perth Frontrunners
Scuba Diving Perth Underwater Stingers SCUBA Club
Surf Lifesaving Scarboro Surf Lifesaving Club
Swimming Perth Rainbow Warriors Swimming Club
Synchronised Swimming Perth Synchro
Tennis Loton Park Tennis Club
Touch Football Crush Perth Touch Club
Water Polo Perth 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

Sport Club
Dance SA Same-sex Dance Sport
Rugby Union Adelaide University Sharks
Running Frontrunners Adelaide
Tennis Pride Tennis Adelaide
Ten Pin Bowling Team Adelaide Ten Pin Bowling
Volleyball Adelaide Spikers Volleyball

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

Australian Capital Territory

Sport Club
Running Canberra Frontrunners
Squash Gay ACT Squash
Tennis Pink Tennis

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

Tasmania

Sport Club
Basketball Bushrangers Basketball

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

Northern Territory

Sport Club
Basketball Bushrangers Basketball

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

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