One of the founding members of Brisbane’s LGBTI-inclusive water polo team, the Brisbane Tritons, has been appointed Diversity and Marketing Officer of the state’s peak body Water Polo Queensland (WPQ).
Jeremy Archer (pictured) was the club’s first president when the club was created two years ago with the support of the Brisbane Barracudas team and Australia’s two other inclusive clubs, the Sydney Stingers and Melbourne Surge.
The Tritons now have 100 members and three teams competing in the Brisbane Water Polo Competition.
Now, Archer’s new role on the WPQ Board will see him continue to promote the sport to more Queensland communities and create inclusive club environments for athletes and supporters alike.
“Our sport has values that resonate strongly with me personally and I hope to continue the great work that the Board have done to break down barriers for all who wish to learn and play our fantastic sport without fear and regardless of background and identity,” he said.
“I look forward to getting out to as many games and clubs as possible to meet you all in the near future.”
Earlier this year, the Tritons, the Barracudas and WPQ hosted the National Water Polo League’s Pride Cup between local rivals the Brisbane Barracudas and Queensland Breakers.
As part of the event the inaugural Pride Shield, promoting inclusion in the sport, saw all-stars teams from Australia’s inclusive water polo clubs come together to compete.
Then in July, the inaugural Pride Challenge was held in Fortitude Valley Pool as a day-long tournament to raise funds for the Open Doors Youth Service.
And the Tritons want to expand even further. Ahead of an open day event last weekend, President Sean Langeveld said they want to create an inclusive women’s team.
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