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

Mince your way to victory at the Vauxhall Gay Sports Day
01 June 2012

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 GMFA website

Watch the promo video here:



Elm Bank Mansions, The Terrace, Barnes, London

Elm Bank Mansions, The Terrace, Barnes, London

This one bedroom flat in one of Barnes' best-known buildings is a must-see for everyone looking for a view over the Thames
No thumbnail available

Thousands march at Thessaloniki Pride with mayor and diplomats

The Thessaloniki Pride march has grown from just a few hundred participants in its first year to thousands in 2014 despite protests by Orthodox Christian groups
No thumbnail available

Is Thomas Roberts being groomed as the first openly gay network news anchor?

MSNBC host says: 'It would be historic, and I am willing and able'
No thumbnail available

Lady Gaga does 'emergency' release of her new single - listen to it here

Singer says Applause out a week early because it was leaked
No thumbnail available

Fussy much? The challenge of marketing to gays and lesbians

The pink pound? Early adopters? Fickle and flighty? What is the truth about marketing to the LGBT community?
No thumbnail available

Sydney teen victim, who had head slammed onto pavement by police, releases song

The victim of police brutality at last year's Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade says he hopes to put the incident behind him by releasing a song about his experience
No thumbnail available

US Supreme Court to consider next month whether to hear gay marriage cases

Justices have cases out of five states to choose from
No thumbnail available

Married in New York but unmarried in Italy: two gay men launch a website

Stefano and Stefano, from Prato, near Florence, share their emotions online and tell us the best way to get married in New York
No thumbnail available

Pride star: 'It's not a gay film'

Andrew Scott, who also stars in Sherlock, has insisted the film is about 'humanity'
No thumbnail available

Australian Christian group campaigns against program to stop bullying of LGBT school kids

Family Voice Australia says sexual orientation is not a significant cause of bullying in school and the Proud Schools program is 'indoctrinating them [children] with lies about sexuality'