Darwin has been selected as the city to host the 3rd Asia Pacific Outgames in May 2014.
The first inclusive LGBTI sporting Outgames festival was held in Melbourne back in 2008, then NZ’s capital Wellington had it in 2011.
A delegation from the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association – Asia Pacific (GLISA-AP) visited Darwin last month to view sporting and conference facilities, and also met with politicians, government officials, tourist operators and members of the local LGBTI community.
In making their decision, the GLISA-AP was impressed with “the range of first-class facilities on offer in Darwin and the enthusiastic support from across the Darwin community for the hosting of the Games in Darwin,” says GLISA-AP Host City Liaison Barry Taylor. “We’re confident that Darwin will produce a successful Outgames and warmly welcome LGBT people to their city.”
Last night’s successful Outgames proved lucrative for the Kiwi city of Wellington. Around 1,000 athletes from around the globe gathered for a vibrant week of sporting and cultural activities – plus an associated human rights conference – bringing with them a financial benefit of between $1.2 and $1.8 million NZ dollars to the city.
The dates for Darwin’s week-long Asia-Pacific Outgames are now confirmed for Saturday, 10 May to Friday, 16 May 2014.
Photo: NT residents celebrate Darwin Pride, traditionally held in November each year.