Scotland is sending its first competitive team to the Gay Games in Paris later this year, in a bid to break down barriers for LGBTI people in sport.
The team came together at a special event in Glasgow this week for their official kit launch, which is being sponsored by LEAP Sports Scotland and City of Glasgow College.
Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive of the College, said:
“As champions of equality, diversity and inclusion we recognise the major role sport plays in bringing people together. City of Glasgow College is very proud to sponsor Team Scotland to enable them to participate in this international sporting and cultural event and our best wishes go with them.”
The Gay Games have been held every four years since 1982, this year hosted in the French capital city from 4th to 12th August. The Games will see an expected 10,000 participants from over 80 countries compete in more than 36 sporting events.
LEAP Sports will coordinate Team Scotland’s participation at the opening and closing ceremonies, pre-games briefings, official merchandise and a Team Scotland reception in Paris. Executive Director, Hugh Torrance, told us:
“Sport is for everyone and this will mark the first time many of the team have taken part in a sports tournament like this. It is a privilege for LEAP Sports to work with and support the team towards participation, inclusion and personal best – the three goals of the Gay Games. Partnerships such as this are so valuable and we are delighted to have the support of City of Glasgow College in making this initiative happen.”
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