The Sydney Stingers are a competitive lesbian and gay water polo club in Sydney, Australia. Originally formed in October 2001 to represent Sydney in the 2002 Gay Games, the club is now incorporated and is a permanent fixture of the Sydney LGBTIQ sporting community, with two teams also playing in the NSW metropolitan competition.
The club’s mission is to provide an inclusive, friendly environment to learn and play water polo, train and socialise. Everyone is welcome regardless of experience, however to play a water polo game requires strong swimming skills and endurance. The club therefore encourages new and beginner players to join and actively develop and improve all the skills required. The club trains as a whole each Saturday morning at Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre, plays competitively on Tuesday nights and runs an optional swimming squad each Wednesday or Thursday night at Cook & Philip Aquatic Centre in the city.
This winter season, the Sydney Stingers has two teams competing in the NSW metropolitan league on Tuesday nights:
Team A plays in the M5 division of the Sydney Metropolitan league every Tuesday night. Team A is an experienced team and players in this team have years of solid waterpolo playing experience and look to increase their levels of fitness, continue to develop advanced waterpolo techniques and to compete in the M5 Metropolitan league and at other State and in International tournaments.
Team B plays in the M6 division of the Sydney Metropolitan league every Tuesday night. Team B is for players who are continuing to develop and enhance core skills, increase fitness levels while learning a serious sport in a fun environment and play in the M6 Metropolitan league.
Check game times, venues and the current ladder here.
Apart from playing water polo, the club also has a busy calendar of social and fundraising events including the Mardi Gras parade, our famous side-splitting trivia night and various others in collaboration with our principal sponsor, the Colombian Hotel. This year the club is also sending a team to Stockholm for the 2015 Eurogames, incorporating the International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) Championships.