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Mince your way to victory at the Vauxhall Gay Sports Day

Forget the Olympics, be part of the other greatest (or gayest) sporting events of the year
Forget the Olympics, be part of the other greatest (or gayest) sporting events of the year, the Vauxhall Gay Sports Day.
Photo by Scott Nunn.

If your dreams of becoming the next Olympian are slowly being dashed, there’s no need to despair.

Placed between the closing ceremony of the Olympics and the opening ceremony of the Paralympics, there is another London 2012 sporting event where little, or no, training is required and you still have the chance to walk off with a champion’s cup.

The sixth annual Gay Sports Day from British gay health charity GMFA and London pub institution the Royal Vauxhall Tavern returns on 27 August.

Instead of the usual pole vault, discus throw and high jump featured at the Olympics, the sports day in Vauxhall, south London will host events such as the handbag toss, the 50m mince and the space hopper relay.

The Gay Sports Day dates back to the 1980s. This is the sixth successive year that Gay Men Fight AIDS (GMFA), the gay men’s health charity, and the London gay nightclub, the Royal Vauxhall Tavern (RVT) have joined forces to host the event.

Matthew Hodson of GMFA, commented: ‘I’m hoping that this year’s Sports Day will give us the opportunity to celebrate a record medal haul from the actual Olympics but if Team GB doesn’t triumph for any reason… well the Sports Day can cheer us all up again.

‘This year we reckon we’re going to have our biggest Sports Day ever, so expect more fun, frolics and frivolity, and plenty of surprises.’

Each team of five collects sponsorship for the event, with a minimum of £500 ($766 €620) expected for each team.

The money raised will go towards helping GMFA carry out its vital work to improve gay men’s health, including HIV prevention and sexual health, support for gay men living with HIV.

There will be three trophies, one for the winning team, one for the team that raises the most money and one for the team with the best outfits.

Places for teams are strictly limited, so entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. To make sure your team makes it, register as soon as possible by visiting the www.gmfa.org.uk/sportsday. " target="_blank">GMFA website. 

Watch the promo video here:

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