The Sydney Stingers are a competitive lesbian and gay water polo club in Sydney, Australia with two teams playing in the NSW metropolitan competition. Originally formed in October 2001 to represent Sydney in the 2002 Gay Games, the club is now incorporated and a permanent fixture of the Sydney LGBTIQ sporting community.
The Stingers’ mission is to provide an inclusive, friendly environment to learn, play water polo, train and socialise. Anyone is welcome regardless of experience, although water polo requires strong swimming skills and endurance. We encourage any new and beginner players to join and actively develop the skills required. The club trains each Saturday morning at Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre and holds its swim squad on Wednesday nights at Cook & Philip Aquatic Centre.
For the current summer season – commencing 13 October 2015 – there are two Stingers teams competing Tuesday night in the NSW metropolitan league:
Stingers A plays in the M6 division.
Team A is an experienced group of players with solid water polo skills and intermediate/advanced levels of fitness. They work to develop advanced water polo techniques and compete in other State and International tournaments.
Stingers B and C play in the M7 division.
Teams B and C are for players developing core water polo skills and building their fitness levels while competing in a serious sport with a fun attitude.
Keep track of game times, venues and the current ladder here.
In 2016 the club is also sending two teams to Edmonton, Canada for the 2016 International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) Championships.
Above: (Clockwise from center front) Chris Long, Nathan Collett, Stephen Thompson, David Parsons, Jesse Price, Scott Hogan-Smith, Kerry Mealing.
Team A (M6 Summer):
Team A Captain: Kerry Mealing
Team A Coach: Harriet Cabout
Team B (M7 Summer):
Team B Captain: Ivan Buckingham
Team B Coach: Chris Hook
President: David Parsons
Vice President: Kerry Mealing
Secretary: Nathan Forbes Collett
Treasurer: Scott Hogan-Smith
Fundraising Manager: Luke Kelly
Team A Representative: Jesse Price
Team B Representative: Stephen Thompson
Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre
504 Victoria Rd
Ryde NSW 2112