Out To Swim

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Out to Swim marching in Pride London 2011.

Out To Swim is a swimming, water polo and synchro club for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered people and their friends.[1] The club also accepts straight men and women.

Inspired by the swimming teams at the Gay Games in Vancouver in 1990, the club has competed at national and international competitions; it has expanded to include a synchronized swimming team, and regularly competes in open water events.[2][3] Their first annual swimming competition was held in 1997 and attracted 23 gay and straight teams from all over Europe. [4]

London Orca, its water polo team, was established in 2000 following a grant from Awards for All, a National Lottery subsidiary .[5] In 2010, London Orca won a gold medal at the Gay Games held in Cologne.[6] Membership[7] of the London Orca water polo squad is currently circa 70 players with members from the US, Canada, Australia, France, Italy, Croatia, Greece, South Africa, Ireland, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Germany, Bahamas and Spain .[8][2]

The club is also one of the few aquatics clubs in the world that offers men participation in synchronised swimming. In 2012 the club were part of a campaign for men to be allowed to compete in synchronized swimming at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[9] Synchronised swimming is one of only two Olympic sports that discriminate on the basis of gender.

Out To Swim is a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics association.[10]

In 2012 Gareth Johnson was elected as the chairperson of Out To Swim aquatics club.[11]


  1. ^ www.gmfa.org.uk
  2. ^ a b "Gay water polo in London - Gay & Lesbian - Time Out london". Timeout.com. 2011-01-06. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  3. ^ Colin Nicholson (10 May 2002). "Gay: Swim Group Goes To New Lengths; Swimming". The Mirror. 
  4. ^ "Ivan Bussens". The Times. 12 September 2007. 
  5. ^ Philip Collins (25 October 2007). "Other lives: Ivan Bussens". The Guardian. 
  6. ^ "Entries / Results | VIII. Gay Games Cologne 2010". Games-cologne.de. 2012-04-14. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  7. ^ Johnson, Gareth (2010-11-28). "G-TV: Membership Update". Londonorca.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  8. ^ "GaydarRadio | The #1 Gay Dance & Pop Music Radio Station". Gaydarnation.com. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  9. ^ [1], Irish Times, 7 July 2012.
  10. ^ http://www.igla.org/members/igla-team-map/
  11. ^ "Gay team to swim English Channel for charity", Joe Morgan, Gay Star News, 24 June 2012, additional text.

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