Group wants Outgames

<p>A steering committee will meet with potential sponsors tomorrow in an attempt to form a bid to bring the 2011 North America Continental Outgames to Vancouver.</p>

 

Committee hopes to bring gay games to Vancouver


 

 

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Greg Larocque, centre, is flanked by fellow gay and lesbian athletes at The Roundhouse yesterday. Larocque is part of a group spearheading an attempt to bring the 2011 North America Outgames to Vancouver.



A steering committee will meet with potential sponsors tomorrow in an attempt to form a bid to bring the 2011 North America Continental Outgames to Vancouver.



The Outgames are organized by the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association as a North American counterpart to the Montreal World Outgames. They are the brainchild of Canadian Olympic gold-medalist Mark Tewksbury, who oversaw the inaugural edition held earlier this year in Calgary.



Vancouver Pride Society president John Boychuk said the Outgames would be a great opportunity for Vancouver to expand on its Olympic legacy.



"Coming on the heels of 2010, it would be great to see Vancouver continue welcoming all people of the world — no matter their differences —to our city," he said.



Jennifer Breakspear of Sisters in Sync, Canada’s first lesbian dragon boat team, agrees.



"The Outgames would cement our status as a world-class sporting city as well as a welcoming city of world-class diversity," she said.



Boychuk envisions more than 30 events at a Vancouver-hosted Outgames.




 
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