Committee hopes to bring gay games to Vancouver
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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.