The Australian Water Polo League’s annual Pride Cup event will return to Brisbane next month.
The Pride Cup was first held in Melbourne two years ago to promote inclusion and diversity in national water polo, and last year was hosted by our local LGBTI-inclusive team the Brisbane Tritons for the first time.
Local team the Brisbane Barracudas took home the trophy last year, as players from Australia’s inclusive teams – the Tritons, the Melbourne Surge and the Sydney Stingers – formed two All-Stars teams to play a match to win the Pride Shield.
Now the Barracudas and the Tritons have announced they’ll host this year’s Pride Cup during Round 8 of the National Water Polo League at Brisbane’s Valley Pool on March 24.
All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to mental health organisation beyondblue.
“Last year we were asked to host the Pride Cup and we jumped at the opportunity,” Tritons co-founder and Water Polo Queensland Diversity and Marketing Officer Jeremy Archer said.
“We wanted to do something special to highlight the relationships that had been formed between the water polo and LGBTIQ communities. Water Polo Queensland got behind the game and are sponsoring the inclusive Pride Shield match.
“To show that sport is for everyone, Barracudas and Breakers players and junior Barracudas could also join the All-Stars teams.
“Seeing the different athletes playing together was the highlight of the event. It really did drive home the message of equality and inclusion in our sport.”
Archer said the Tritons were also excited to welcome their west coast rivals the Perth White Pointers to the matches for the first time.
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Brisbane Tritons president Sean Langeveld said it was very important to him to be a part of the Pride Cup event.
“I stopped playing sport just out of high school because I was too nervous to join a club. I didn’t feel comfortable being in an environment like that,” he said.
“Being part of an event like this is so important to show how far forward sport is moving, not just water polo but all sports.
“There’s so many other sporting codes that are holding their own pride rounds.”
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In the two years since the Brisbane Tritons was formed, the team has grown to over 100 active members across multiple teams.
“About fifty of those play competitively at our games on Tuesday nights, and fifty members play socially as well,” Langeveld said.
“The Barracudas have supported the club in so many ways, not just with founding it but also hosting events like the Pride Cup and showcasing inclusivity in the sport around Australia.”