The Sydney Stingers are a competitive LGBTIQ water polo club in Sydney, Australia with six teams playing in the NSW metropolitan competition. Originally formed in October 2001 to represent Sydney in the 2002 Gay Games, the club is now a well-known & permanent part 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 does require strong swimming skills and endurance. We encourage new 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 Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre in Ultimo.
The club also has a busy calendar of social and fundraising events including the Mardi Gras parade and our famous yearly Trivia Nights in conjunction with our generous supporters.
For the current winter season – running April to August 2018– there are six Stingers teams competing in the Water Polo NSW metropolitan league:
Sydney Stingers L3 play in the Water Polo NSW Ladies' Open 3rd grade. Members of this team are experienced players with advanced skills and fitness levels.
Sydney Stingers L5 play in the Water Polo NSW Ladies' Open 5th grade. Members of this team range from beginner to intermediate skill level, and work to build their fitness levels and core water polo skills in a friendly and supportive environment.
Stingers M5 play in the Water Polo NSW Men's Open 5th grade.
Members of this team are experienced players with solid water polo skills and intermediate/advanced levels of fitness.
Stingers M7-1, M7-2 and M7-3 play in the Water Polo NSW Men's Open 7th grade. Members of these teams concentrate on 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 2018 the club is also sending three teams to Paris, France, for the 2018 Gay Games, including the International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) Championships.
IN THE SYDNEY STINGERS
IN THE SYDNEY STINGERS
We're currently looking for new female members to join our women's teams, & we'd like to hear from women of any experience level who are interested in learning & playing water polo in a fun & friendly LGBTIQ-inclusive club. For more information, visit our women's recruitment page.
Above: Previous executive team members (clockwise from center front): Chris Long, Nathan Collett, Stephen Thompson, David Parsons, Jesse Price, Scott Hogan-Smith, Kerry Mealing.
L3 Team Captain: Emily Scott
L5 Team Captains: Annie Wylie & Liz Kean
M6 Team Captain: Kerry Mealing
M7-1 Team Captain: Sam McGraw
M7-2 Team Captain: Cameron McRae
M7-3 Team Captain: Scott Hogan-Smith
President: David Parsons
Vice President: Kerry Mealing
Secretary: Ben Thomas
Treasurer: Scott Hogan-Smith
Communications Manager: Daniel Kirkwood
L3 & L5 Team Representative: Annie Wylie
M5 Team Representative: Daniel Bushe
M7-1 Team Representatives: Paul Keevers & Daniel Kirkwood
M7-2 Team Representative: Joey Miller
M7-3 Interim Representative: Scott Hogan-Smith
Skills Squad Representative: Dion Baker
Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre
504 Victoria Rd
Ryde NSW 2112