Festival of Sport
Join us for a jam-packed afternoon of FREE family fun and entertainment prior to the Melbourne Renegades match on December 30th.
First held in 2018, The Festival of Sport is a celebration of physical activity, health and sport in our region.
Held in Geelong’s iconic sporting heart, Kardinia Park; the Festival is a much-loved event for providing hours of inclusive, free fun for all.
As with many events, the Festival of Sport took a break in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19, so we are thrilled and excited to welcome it back this Summer.
Featuring over 20 interactive sporting experiences and displays on Kardinia West oval – we promise to get everyone moving.
On top of Australian sporting staples such as Aussie Rules, cricket, rugby, netball and tennis, participants will have the unique opportunity to try Disc golf, ninja skills, Japanese drumming, Nerf zone and much more.
When its time for a rest from the Come and Try activities, visitors can enjoy a picnic or peruse the food trucks menu while enjoying performances on the Festival Stage.
See you at the Festival!
South Sea Skate School
Sk8house, 3/2 Amayla Cres
Would you like to HAVE FUN, MAKE FRIENDS, GET FIT AND BE FIERCE?
South Sea Skate School is for you!! This 6 week LEARN TO SKATE program is open to ALL AGES 18+ and all genders* and focuses on entry level roller derby skills for aspiring players and refs.
*We welcome all genders to join however as a member of the WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association), all South Sea Roller Derby players are compliant with the WFTDA gender statement.
South Sea Skate School is suitable for absolute beginners and those who can skate but have little or no derby experience. Ideally you will be able to propel yourself around the rink without holding onto the rail but previous experience is not necessary.
Programme start dates are:
- Sunday, January 15 2023 5pm-7pm
- Sunday, February 26 2023 5pm-7pm
- Sunday, April 16 2023 5pm-7pm
- Future dates to be announced asap!
Can't make it on the intake start date? Alternative start dates are available, please email email@example.com and we will arrange a date for you to get rolling!
Training is 5pm to 7pm Sundays and 7pm to 9pm Thursdays at Sk8house in Carrum Downs.
You will need to wear a helmet, mouthguard, elbow pads, wrist guards and kneepads to take part. No gear? No problem – purchase your own mouthguard and you can borrow the rest from our kit. Rental skates are available from the rink for $4 per session.
The total cost for the 6-week (11 session) Skate School programme is just $123 for aspiring players (which is less than $12 per session)! The $20 that you pay for the first session is all that you pay to South Sea Roller Derby for the 6 weeks training with 2 sessions per week. To continue beyond the first session you will also need to pay for mandatory Skate Australia membership (valid until end of Dec 2023). Currently, the cost for this is $103 for a Senior Development membership.
At the conclusion of your Skate School programme you will move to monthly membership, currently $65 a month for skaters and $10 a month for referees.
For more details & to BOOK NOW visit: www.southsearollerderby.com/wp/join-us/
Questions...? Please message us or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sporting Precinct at Midsumma Carnival
Located in Alexandra Gardens in Melbourne’s bustling CBD, Midsumma features a vast array of LGBTQIA+ acts that will grace the three carnival stages. This popular annual day event attracts over 120,000 people and entry is free!
With over 180 stalls including pop-up bars, two large food zones, free giveaways, and multiple queer-friendly community groups and business stalls for you to visit, there's bound to be something for everyone. There's even a parade for your dog, with awesome prizes up for grabs!
Midsumma offers a variety of fun safe spaces accessible to everybody, including, Sports activities, a Youth area, and Family-areas that are open to everyone from dawn to dusk.
Fancy a picnic? Bring your friends and family to one of our grass pavilions surrounding the stages to enjoy Carnival’s entertainment! Our talented artists will leave you in awe with a variety of singers, drag artists, DJs, performers, and even an opportunity to show off your own talents with our Lip Sync Limelight competition!
As the night approaches, Midsumma begins to wake up with an extravagant dance party held across both the Main and Picnic stages, you’ll join thousands of people dancing the night away and party to a huge line-up on each stage, including a handful of major headliners.
AO Glam Slam
The AO Glam Slam presented by Ralph Lauren is the largest LGBTQ+ tennis event at a Grand Slam. The Finals will be held at Kia Arena during Pride Day on Friday 27 January which will also include top tier music acts, a celebrity showdown match and many off court activations. For an exclusive ‘pride price’ ($10 off) ticket to the Glam Slam Finals click Book Tickets in this event. (Pride Price available from Friday 2 December).
Off court, there are plenty of events which allow the Australian Open to truly be an event that is Open for All.
AO Pride Day
The Australian Open is proud to be a welcoming, safe, and inclusive event that is open for all. During AO Pride Day, Friday 27 January, we will use our platform to be loud about our values and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community through colour, music and entertainment.
The Australian Open is proud to offer a ‘pride price’ ($10 off) for the Midsumma community wanting to attend AO Pride Day.
Maryborough Pride Festival
Maryborough has a brand new community festival and you are invited!
Pride Festival is a country fair with marquees, bunting and a brass band. Set on a Summer afternoon, this is a social date not to miss out on.
Saturday 28th January 2023
Mill House 88-90 Burke Street,
Located in the middle of our beautiful city, we have a venue that is centrally located with great public transport options.
IceHQ Pride Night
IceHQ, 1 Blake St
An inclusive event, a night of ice skating celebrating the LGBTQI+ community
BAR AND CAFE
HEATED VIEWING AREA
ALL AGES LICENSED VENUE
Pride Night ice skating Saturday 28th January 6:30pm-9:30pm
Adult - $24
Student/Concession - $20
8 years and under - $12
Family Pass (2 Adults 2 Kids) - $75
Family Pass (1 Adult 2 Kids) - $56*All Student/Concession tickets need to present proof on arrival.*Private coaching requires the customer to purchase a ticket to the public session.
Victorian Pride Centre
Spin class on the Pride Centre rooftop!
Bodhi & Ride is one of Australia’s most innovative boutique fitness studios that combines a full-body workout with mind and body connection through movement. More than just a standard spin class, we take things to the next level with our signature class structure and instructors leading to inspire and motivate clients to walk away feeling AMAZING.
Each RIDE incorporates High Intensity Cardio Training to perfectly balance highs and lows of a heart-racing workout with fast choreography, jogs, epic climbs and a whole body burn every single time. If you’re yet to experience it for yourself, it’s time to get yourself on the bike.
Please bring your own sweat towel, water and cycle shoes (SPD MTB cleats) or you can ride in your trainers.
Pride Pool Party in the Sunshine
Sunshine Leisure Centre
Let's celebrate summer in the west!
Brimbank City Council in collaboration with Bulldog Pride are hosting their second LGBTIQA+ inclusive pride pool party to celebrate the Midsumma Festival. There will be bands on the grass, BBQ, aqua aerobics, zumba and craft workshops throughout the day.
Join us for an unforgettable day of good vibes and fun in the sunshine. An inclusive event for all people of all ages and all kinds of bodies.
Serve it, Smash it, Love it
Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre
Free introduction session to social badminton for the LGBTQIA+ Community
Have you ever wanted to meet new people in a fun and social sporting environment? Thought about playing badminton, or have not played for a long time?
Melbourne Smashers is a LGBTQIA+ and allies social badminton club, playing three times per week at MSAC Albert Park.
Join the group who are holding a Midsumma Festival Open-Play session where they are encouraging people to come along and give badminton a go free of charge.
No experience is necessary. The club will have coaches available to help explain the basics or more experienced players can have a game with some of the club members.
The club plays most Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays and each session attracts 60+ players.
Monthly social events are also organised as a way to get to know each other outside of the court.
Come along and ... Serve It! Smash It! Love It!
Come and Try Roller Skating
Truscott Stadium, Murdock Street, California Gully
Do you live in or near Bendigo?
Looking for a new hobby?
What about a different way to be active?
Keen to hit the skate park or play roller derby?
Or maybe you got roller skates for Christmas and you need a bit of help in getting comfortable on them?
No matter what your reason for learning to skate, we would love to be the ones to teach you.
With our Adult Learn to Skate program kicking off on Sunday Feb 5th, we are offering potential participants an opportunity to come and have a roll around before committing to the program. You can meet the coaches, ask questions and have a fun, free night out.
No previous skate skills or experience required, our accredited coaches will be on hand to guide you through the basics and get you rolling.
WHEN: Wednesday 1st Feb at 6:30pm
WHERE: Truscott Stadium, Murdock Street, California Gully
WHO: Anybody aged over 18 years
WHAT TO BRING: Comfy clothes you can move in, a water bottle, a towel.
Skates and safety equipment will be available to borrow by request, free of charge or you can bring your own.
Access to the Stadium is via Murdock Street, California Gully - turn into the driveway next to the playground, then follow the dirt road to the left around the oval and the stadium is on the far side.
Try Rugby Day
Como Park North
Come try out rugby with the Melbourne Chargers - Victoria's gay and inclusive rugby club.
Every year we recruit and train new players in the world's greatest game, in fact most of our experienced players joined our club knowing nothing about rugby.
We're hosting an open training session for newbies interested in trying out the sport in a supportive and welcoming environment.
Being with the Chargers is a great way to make new friends, keep fit and even travel the world.
Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for exercising and bring your own sunscreen and water bottle. We'll have lunch following the session too, so please register and let us know if we need to cater to any special requirements!
We're looking forward to meeting you soon!
Quadball Come and Try
Looking to do something fun and social? Want to get some exercise while expanding your social circle? Or just looking for something to do on a Sunday morning? Then check out Quadball!
It's terrific fun and attracts terrific people, and we're some of those people! It's hard to notice how much exercise you're doing while adjusting to the fact that 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢 𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘬 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘴.
You don't need to be a HP fan to enjoy this fun, inclusive sport: literally anyone over the age of 16 is welcome.
If you do know Harry Potter things, you'll probably be glad to know that:
- Bludgers are not magical bowling balls, and will not endeavour to break your limbs (they're actually dodgeballs, but don't tell anyone!)
- The seeker is an 𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 valued part of the team, and the snitch is worth 30 points, not 150
Quidditch also fosters a highly inclusive community that will encourage you to do your best regardless of your gender, sporting background or confidence!
If you fancy giving it a try, come to either (or BOTH) of our free tryouts!
Feel free to message us if you have any questions 😊
Midsumma Pride March
Fitzroy St and Catani Gardens, St Kilda
Parade, pride and party come together once a year in Melbourne's iconic march celebrating solidarity in gender and sexuality diversity. A chance to tie up your bootlaces or throw on your heels, and join the spectacular act of unity that is Midsumma Pride March. Whether you join the fanfare by foot or by wheel, with workmates or with family, with friends or with lovers, as ally or as queer, Midsumma Pride March is for you.
Midsumma Pride March will be held one week before Victoria's Pride.
Join over 53,000 people to celebrate Midsumma Pride March 2023! Bring your friends, family, and loved ones to celebrate our diversity together in this day-long event as we strut down Fitzroy Street with ferocity, uniqueness, and diversity with the ones we love.
Aqua Festival (Beach Festival)
Manly Cove Beach
The Wett Ones and the Sydney Stingers are excited to bring you the Australian Queer Aquatics Festival, as part of WorldPride 2023.
The local community, aquatic clubs from around Australia and visitors from across the globe come together to compete in the harbour, on the harbour and by the harbour! AQuA Festival brings together swimming, water polo, and a beach festival to bring just the right amount of wet to your WorldPride 2023 experience.
Dragon Boat Pride
17 Bank St
Find your fire on Sydney Harbour’s glistening waters with the fabulous Different Strokes crew.
Warm up and learn paddling skills and techniques during our ‘try dragon boating’ days for novice paddlers. At the end of each session, have a chat with our members and hear about their dragon boat journey and why they’re motivated to train hard and compete in this exciting sport.
Sessions are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30PM and Saturdays at 7.15AM
Note: This event is free but entrants must register
Nomads Cycling to the West
Get fit and make new friends while enjoying some scenic bike paths.
A leisurely 20 km cycle from Victoria Park to the western suburbs for a pub lunch - a great way to appreciate inner Melbourne's parks and waterways.
From Victoria Park we'll pass by the Abbotsford Convent and Dights Falls. We then follow the Merri Creek and the Inner Circle Rail Trail to Royal Park, the Moonee Ponds Creek and Maribyrnong River Trails to Footscray, and a trail through the Newmarket Saleyards estate to get to our lunch spot.
We had originally intended having lunch at the Anglers Tavern, overlooking the Maribyrnong River, but that won't be operational until March as a result of the springtime Maribyrnong River flooding.
Instead we'll be having lunch at the Doutta Galla Hotel, diagonally opposite the Newmarket train station.
After lunch there are links to various cycling routes if you wish to cycle home, or the Newmarket Station is just across the road from the pub.
Gertude St and Smith St
Victoria’s Pride (previously Melbourne Pride) will be held across the state from December to February, with events in regional and rural areas. The tour of state-wide events will culminate into a full-day and night street party in Melbourne’s iconic Gertrude and Smith Street precinct on Sunday 12 February 2023 (one week after the annual Midsumma Pride March.)
Melbourne Pride Run
The Melbourne Frontrunners Pride Run for 2023 is now open!!! The MFR Pride run 2023 is on 12th Feb 2023 round the Tan. And yes, we have medals! You can choose to do one or two laps round the iconic Tan track. Dressing in rainbow colours is encouraged! All the details, including purchasing tickets for just $20, can be found here.
The MFR Pride run coincides with Midsumma and is traditionally a fabulously fun filled morning. So please, come and join us!
Rainbow Golf Cup
Yarrambat Park Golf Course
The Rainbow Golf Cup is a social golf day for LGBTQIA+ golfers and allies of all ages and abilities. Players new to the game of golf are welcome! No equipment? No worries! Equipment is available upon request.
Location: Yarrambat Park Golf Course
Event start time: 8.30am
Tee-off time: 9.00am, shotgun start
Format: Ambrose (9 holes)
Prizes will be on offer. Presentations will commence at 12.00pm with refreshments provided.
Ambrose: Each player hits off the tee, the best shot is selected and all other players pick up their ball and place it alongside the best ball. Each person then hits a second shot from the same spot. The best shot is again selected. This continues until the ball is in the hole. “This inclusive format is perfect for complete beginners!”
Participants will be placed into groups for play prior to the event. If you wish to play in pre-organised groups please advise us beforehand.
This event is proudly hosted by Melbourne Rainbow Golfers in partnership with Proud 2 Play, Belgravia Leisure, Golf Australia and Nillumbik Shire Council.
Rainbow Golf Tournament - Sydney
Moore Park Golf Course
Grab your clubs and get ready to tee-off with Sydney Rainbow Golfers for a two-day golfing tournament.
Players with an official handicap will be allocated a daily handicap for the course using Golf Australia’s automated system. Those without an official handicap who wish to play in the competition will be allocated a handicap using our daily handicap system.
Tee selection is either men’s, women’s or non-binary tees. The rules of golf will be applied. The tournament will be a Stableford competition, individual and Group/International teams are welcome to compete. Social play is also available external to the competition but within the same tee-times. Plenty of prizes will be up for grabs, and everyone is welcome to join the celebrations on Saturday evening. All levels of experience welcome.
Pride Fight 2023
Whip out the fishnets and get pumped for the return of Sydney Roller Derby League’s Pride Fight!
Potluck teams Butch and Femme face off once again in a fun exhibition bout which brings together leagues and derby players from around Australia. Beginning in 2013 as "The Battle of the Bent Track", Pride Fight continues the SRDL tradition of celebrating queer skaters in roller derby.
Featuring two main bouts in the evening, the event will also host stalls and displays from the skating and roller derby community throughout the afternoon. With a fun, festival atmosphere, SRDL's Pride Fight aims to reignite the sport of roller derby and bring skaters and spectators together in the spirit of inclusiveness, teamwork, and cooperation.
World Gay Boxing Championships
Royal Randwick Australian Turf Club
The world’s first accredited amateur boxing championships for the LGBTQIA+ community and allies sanctioned by Boxing NSW. 5 days of courageous boxers fighting to win a world title coupled with the adrenaline rush of great entertainment and the cheering crowd. We are holding the best boxing event on the planet!
This is a 5-day amateur boxing competition conducted under Boxing Australia rules with safe participation the number one priority.
Boxing has always been popular a popular sport capturing the attention of fans and inspiring a wealth of great stories. Now is the time for the LGBTQIA+ community to show boxing is for everyone and we belong in the ring!
Come and watch upcoming stars showcase their courage, skill and prowess in the boxing ring where they battle it out over three by 2-minute rounds. Besides tough-fought boxing matches, there will be drag queens, great DJs and fabulous entertainment getting you in the spirit to support and cheer on the fighters. This is authentic boxing, fun and crowning new world champions!
You will get to know the boxers as they are announced starting with their first name, their nickname, followed by their last name. You will love singing along to the walkout songs hyping up the fighter and their teams, injecting energy into the fans getting the crowd pumping.
Roller Derby Extravaganza
Big Top Luna Park
Inner West Roller Derby League is proud to announce a partnership with Sydney World Pride 2023, allowing us to bring two great games of roller derby to this iconic festival!
Calling local and international skaters and officials! SUBMIT your EOI now to get involved in this once in a lifetime event! Find the form on our website www.innerwestrollerderby.com or on our socials.
There’s no better place to celebrate Sydney WorldPride than trackside at what will be Australia’s greatest roller derby event for 2023, hosted by Sydney’s Inner West Roller Derby League. See all the thrills and spills of this must-see highly athletic sport, along with a quality showcase of Queer performances in a side-show style extravaganza for one night only at Sydney’s iconic Luna Park.
Tickets on sale now at www.moshtix.com.au
For more information on how to get involved in this exciting event, contact email@example.com NOW!
Sydney Worldpride Martial Arts Championships
KGV Recreation Centre
In the spirit of building an LGBTQIA+ Global Martial Arts Community, the Pride Martial Arts Championships offer a multi-style Martial Arts Tournament to promote sporting excellence and the development of self-defence and safety skills. Admission for spectators is Free for all competitors 18 years and over.
The Tournament will include Non-Contact Point Sparring, Self Defence categories, Forms, Weapon forms, performance opportunities, workshops from overseas guests and more. A free Self Defence Workshop for World Pride participants and allies will be run on Thursday 23rd Feb 2023.
Rules and categories will be organised with the guidelines of The International Association of Gay and Lesbian Martial Artists.
Sydney 2023 IGLFA Football World Championships XXIV
Tempe Recreation Reserve
Kick off your Sydney WorldPride experience and join over one thousand international and domestic players for this four day, eleven-a-side Football (Soccer) World Championships.
Register as a team or individual (and then be placed in a team). The tournament includes a Men’s and Non-Binary competition and Women’s and Non-Binary competition and you are encouraged to play in the comp you feel most comfortable in. Plus the mix of skill levels and ages with Divisions 1, 2 and Masters (i.e. 40+ years).
The tournament provides an opportunity to meet and play with like-minded LGBTQIA+ and ally soccer players from around the world in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Tennis Sydney WorldPride Open
Rockdale Tennis Club
Tennis Sydney is proud to host the WorldPride Open to be held on 20-24 February 2023 at Rockdale Tennis Club. This tournament is sanctioned by the Gay & Lesbian Tennis Alliance (GLTA) and will be the final GLTA WORLD TOUR events for the Australian Summer of Tennis.
**Tournament dates and times:
**Monday 20 February 2023: 8am – 10pm
Tuesday 21 February 2023: 8am – 10pm
Wednesday 22 February 2023: 8am – 10pm
Thursday 23 February 2023: 8am – 6pm
Main Venue: Rockdale Tennis Club, 71 Chapel St, Rockdale NSW 2216
Surface at all venues: Synthetic Grass
Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles.
A player may enter a maximum of two (2) events only limited to the combination of 1 x Singles or 1 x Doubles or 1 x Mixed doubles. However players who enter Men’s Singles and Age Singles events cannot enter Mixed Doubles due to the scheduling of events.
- All matches up to the finals will be the best of 3 sets, with the 3rd set being a super tie break (first to 10 with a 2 point advantage). The first two sets are normal first to 6 sets with a tiebreak at 6-6. All final matches (time permitting) will be the best of 3 tie break sets.
- If round-robin events are conducted they will be played as one (1) super-set, first to eight (8) with a two (2) game advantage with a tie break played at 8-8.
Emerald International Kickball Tournament
This isn’t your average two-day tournament, it is a cultural explosion of all the best of Emerald City Kickball – positive, expressive, camp and affirming.
All are welcome into the loving kickball community. This includes a few activities that will introduce everyone to the fabulous world of Emerald City Kickball, including a bunch of surprises along the way.
Australia celebrates pride with style and so does the Emerald City. To welcome everyone, there is a grand opening party with team introductions, and a unique festival of sports, arts and culture.
Rainbow Racquets Squash Australia Tournament
Hiscoes Gym & Squash Centre
Join Rainbow Racquets Squash Sydney for its Pride Open Tournament. Co-hosted with Squash Australia, expect plenty of local, inter-state and international competition to determine who will be the Pride Champion in each of the four play grades on offer (A, B, C and D). We exp