Out For Sport invites you to Birthday Awards bash!

Published by Jon Holmes on

LGBT+-inclusive sports community in London and the South East set to gather for night of celebration at City Hall…

Inspirational individuals and outstanding sports club achievements are set to be honoured at a special event being held at City Hall in London on the evening of Friday, November 1.

Out For Sport – the umbrella organisation for over 50 LGBT+-inclusive sports clubs and teams across London and the South East – is celebrating its 21st birthday this year by holding its first awards ceremony.

Tickets for the celebratory get-together on the capital’s South Bank are on sale now for just £5, with entertainment, guaranteed glitz and an after-party thrown in for the low price, as well as the important business of the awards themselves.

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Out for Sport’s 21st Birthday Awards event will be held at London’s City Hall on November 1

Nominees for the 10 categories have recently been announced, with several clubs familiar to those with an interest in the LGBT+ sports scene in London receiving nods, while many less feted teams and their members are in with a shout of glory too.

Rugby union, boxing, martial arts, badminton and swimming are just a few of the sports represented.

Out for Sport co-chair Vicki Carter

The gala night is the brainchild of Out To Swim’s Vicki Carter, who is also the co-chair of Out For Sport and who raised over £1000 for vital funding by swimming the English Channel in July – an exhausting distance of around 21 miles, which she navigated in a time of 14 hours and 40 minutes.

Sports Media LGBT+ is a proud supporter of Out For Sport, which performs a crucial role in keeping lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and non-binary people in the region healthy and active. Vicki addressed the audience at our #AuthenticMe event at Twitter HQ in London on October 8, and received a big round of applause for her achievement!

Be a part of this exciting event at an iconic London venue – grab your mates, book your tickets, and we’ll see you on awards night!

Out For Sport 21st Birthday Awards – Categories and Nominees

Individual Awards

Club Spirit (celebrating role models): Alex Carrington (London Frontrunners), Daniel Nash (London Royals Hockey Club), Ubaid-ul Rehman (Goslings London Badminton Club)

Outstanding Achievement (triumphing against the odds): Hunter Charlton (Positive Strokes swimming), Emily Chong (London Frontrunners)

Unsung Hero (celebrating those working tirelessly behind the scenes): Emily Chong (London Frontrunners), Simon Davis (Kings Cross Steelers RFC), Hilary Gerlis (Out To Swim)

Sportsperson of the Year (celebrating individual sporting achievements): Olivia Poole (London Frontrunners), Steph Ramsey (Out To Swim)

Lifetime Achievement – to be announced on the night!

OFS Awards judges: Back row – Michelle Weltman, Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett. Lou Englefield, Jon Holmes; Front row – Solomon Curtis, Natalie Washington, Phil Smith, Joanie Evans

Club Awards

Team of the Year (celebrating team sporting achievement): Goslings London Badminton Club, Kings Cross Steelers RFC, London Royals Hockey Club Women

Most Innovative Project (recognising creative project work): LGBT Powerlifting Union, Out To Swim, South London Stags RFC

Most Inclusive Club (celebrating inclusive clubs): Goslings London Badminton Club, LYC Badminton Club, Out To Swim

Emerging Club of the Year (celebrating new growth): KnockOut LGBT Boxing Club, South London Stags RFC, Spinder

Club of the Year (acknowledging excellence): Ishigaki Jujitsu, London Cruisers Basketball Club, London Otters Rowing Club

*** Interested in this event, and want to get more involved? Email awards@outforsport.com ***

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Jon Holmes

Digital Sports Editor