The National Water Polo League’s Pride Cup event will this month be played in Brisbane for the first time.
The NWPL’s inaugural Pride Cup was held in Melbourne last year between the Victorian Seals and Queensland Breakers. It also included a game between Australia’s longest-running LGBTI-inclusive water polo clubs, Melbourne Surge and Sydney Stingers.
Now this year’s Pride Cup will be played in Brisbane during Round Seven of this year’s League, with the Brisbane Barracudas (pictured, below) hosting rivals the Breakers at the Valley Pool on Saturday February 25.
The same day, Australia’s LGBTI and inclusive water polo teams – the Melbourne Surge, the Sydney Stingers and our home team the Brisbane Tritons – and members of the Barracudas and the Breakers will also form two All-Stars teams to play a match to win the newly-created Pride Shield.
The Brisbane Tritons (pictured, below) were officially formed in February 2016 and in only 12 months the club has grown to over 70 members.
“Being able to host the Pride Cup and the Pride Shield is a huge honour for us, especially because we are such a young club,” Tritons President Jeremy Archer said.
“Having all three LGBTI-inclusive teams in the pool with the national league players in the All Stars game helps to break down barriers and stereotypes in sport and is something that all five clubs are extremely proud of.”
Brisbane Barracudas President Tycho Buningh said: “We want to create a safe, fun and inclusive environment for all those who want to play our sport and the best way to do this is to lead by example.”
“We are proud that we have two fantastic clubs, the Brisbane Tritons and Brisbane Barracudas, who work tirelessly within the LGBTI community to promote our sport and provide a safe, fun, social environment for people to get fit and healthy,” he said.
The Pride Cup festivities start from 4.00 pm on Saturday, 25th February at Valley Pool at 432 Wickham Street. The Pride Cup matches are scheduled to start at 5:00 pm, with the All Stars Pride Shield game starting at 6:30 pm. Tickets will be available at the door for $10. All matches will be broadcast live on Water Polo Australia’s Facebook page.
(All photos courtesy of Brisbane Barracudas and Brisbane Tritons)
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