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KYLIE COCHRANE REPORTS ON THE
SWEATY AND THE SPORTY.
OH CRAP SISTER!
Sydney's mostly lesbian netball club, The Crap Sisters
Netball Club (pictured), has defied the popular
notion that netball is a straight gals game. "We do get
a few looks when we take the court -- our shorts, our
hairy legs and our team name has been a bit confronting
for the local netball community!" said Bridget Cleaver, Crap
Sisters President. "But we don't care, we just want to play a
game we enjoy."
Bridget explored the idea of a lesbian netball club several
years ago when she and her partner formed The Bitter Lemons
with a group of friends and neighbours who lived in
Marrickville. That team only lasted a season so Bridget and her
partner looked for alternate teams to join.
"There were no lesbian teams around at the time. We
joined a straight team but hated it -- my own team mates never
threw me the ball," Bridget said. Bridget formed the Crap
Sisters Netball Club in 2003, with one team of friends and
acquaintances. This grew to two Crap teams in 2004.
"The response was incredible. We put an advert in LOTL
hoping to get three or four extra players and ended up with
twenty fabulous women," said Bridget. "It just shows that
lesbians are keen to play netball -- this sport is not considered so
daggy after all."
Despite their name, the Crap Sisters are not so crap. One
team is currently heading the table and the other has also had a
few wins. But according to Bridget the focus is not on winning.
"We don't play to win, we play netball for fun and fitness,"
said Bridget. Watch The Crap Sisters train Sunday
mornings at Tempe Recreation Reser ve -- or cheer them on
at same venue most Monday nights. If you would like
to join The Crap Sisters in 2005, contact Bridget on
If gals with racquets and short white skirts turn you on then
G Squash is looking for you. One of the most active sports
groups in Sydney, G Squash caters for all skill levels from
novice to top grade. They run a fun social group with dinners,
drinks and group events for Mardi Gras, Sleaze and Pride.
Squash is the first love of Carin Clonda, the woman behind
G Squash. Carin represented Australia in squash in the 80's. She
started Sydney's first dyke squash group in the early 90's, co-
ordinated squash teams for the Gay Games and is a founding
member of the Woman's International Squash Players
Association (WISPA). Squash is being considered for inclusion
in the 2012 Olympic Games and Har vard University recently
named squash one of the top 10 healthiest sports in the world.
G Squash play Wednesdays from 7.30pm and Saturdays
from 10am at the Sydney University Aquatic Centre. Contact
Carin on 0413 211 961 or email@example.com.
There is a growing trend in the use of Sydney's public space
... some Sydney councils and authorities are discouraging
one-on-one training and large 'boot camp' style training groups
from making use of public space in council areas.
Waverly Council are considering a payment or licensing
system for people wanting to train on the Bondi to Coogee walk,
Bondi Beach or the Waverley Cemetery. Manly Council is
considering a similar scheme. And the Centennial Park Trust has
just introduced a 30km speed limit for cyclists using the park. We
are obviously seeing a new definition of the term 'public space' --
i.e. space available to the general public UNLESS they are
training. Perhaps this is a new form of prejudice ... sweat-phobia?
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