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THIS MONTH KYLIE COCHRANE
SAVOURS THE TAIL END OF
WHAT A RACKET!
Like many groups in the gay and lesbian
world, Amazon Tennis was the outcome
of conflict and turmoil. After several
years of political angst and division
amongst the lesbians and gays of Sydney
Tennis, a breakaway group – Amazon
Tennis – was born.
The brainchild of Michelle Packett,
the club’s first competition was held at
Matraville with two divisions. Sweaty
Bits was unable to find out the winners
of division one, however Libby Tonkin
and Annie Sykes were the division two
winners. Ten years on, the Amazon
Tennis Club still offers two tennis
divisions – social and competitive.
Amazon organiser Lisa Howard says the
standard of player varies from beginner to
very good. “However our focus is more
on fun than serious competition.” Social
games are played at the Camperdown
Tennis Courts on the first Sunday of
every month and cost up to $10 per week.
Social tennis is also extended to playing
with other tennis clubs. Some of the
Amazon gals play with Tennis Sydney
who have a social tennis day every
Sunday at 1pm at the Parklands Tennis
Centre in Moore Park.
Amazon’s competitive tennis players
enjoy a game or two every Monday night
from 7.30pm at Cintra Courts in Concord.
The competition tennis costs $10 per
week plus a $5 registration fee. Some
of the Amazons are also having group
training each Friday with Chris O’Neil
and Peter Elliot to get ready for the Gay
Games. Phew! Now we now know why
they call themselves Amazons!
For more information contact Lisa
Howard 0417 774 044 or visit www.
FROM AMAZONS TO
If you’re a beachy dyke then
why not head down to Bondi
to join the Bondi Mermaids
winter swimming club. The
Mermaids take charge of the
pool from 8.15am-9.30am. The
Ice-cubes (children’s club) are
on after the Mermaids followed
by the Icebergs at 10.30am. The
Bondi Mermaids is a women’s
swimming club that began in
the early 1990s when the Bondi
Icebergs did not include women
members. Although it is not
exclusively lesbian there is a
strong lesbian membership…
GRACE, GRIT AND GLORY
Launched last month during
New York City’s annual LGBT
film festival, Take the Flame
tells the story of how the Gay
Games has changed the way
the world thinks about our
community and our sports.
The film includes interviews
and comments from numerous
Gay Games participants and
supporters including prominent athletes
such as Martina Navratilova (pictured),
David Kopay, Bruce Hayes and Billy
Bean, author Armistead Maupin, U.S.
Ambassador James Hormel, and noted
photographer Tom Bianchi.
Kathleen Webster, Federation co-
president, said the clips from the early
years, especially the profile of Gay
Games founder, Tom Waddell, are
inspirational and fascinating. Take the
Flame is narrated by Olympic diving
legend Greg Louganis, who came out
as gay and HIV-positive at the 1994
Gay Games IV in New York. Much of
the exclusive footage is of the first Gay
Games held in the southern hemisphere.
Our very own Gay Games VI in Sydney,
Australia, held in November 2002.
For more information on the film,
the Gay Games VII, and registration
details, visit www.chicago2006.org. For
information about the Federation of Gay
Games, visit www.gaygames.org
It’s time to think about summer sport.
Will you play with the dyke netball
club? Perhaps join the Amazons for
a spot of tennis? Fancy a quick game
of indoor soccer? The choices are
endless for the sporty dyke. And there
are many groups hoping to entice you
to join them. If you would like your
summer sport or team profiled contact
Sweaty Bits via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: AFP/Colin Murty
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