The Sydney Stingers are a competitive lesbian and gay water polo club in Sydney, Australia with four 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.
The club also has a busy calendar of social and fundraising events including the Mardi Gras parade and our famous trivia night in conjunction with our generous supporters.
For the current winter season – commencing 17 May 2016 – there are now four Stingers teams competing Tuesday night in the NSW metropolitan league:
Stingers A plays in the M5 and M6 division.
"A Team" are 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.
"B Team" and "C Team" 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 2018 the club is also sending at least two teams to Paris, France, for the 2018 Gay Games, including the 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):
Captain: Kerry Mealing
Team B (M7 Summer):
Captains: Jesse Price/Hagen Jewel
Team C (M7 Summer):
Captains: Pascal Van De Walle/Jacob Carroll
President: David Parsons
Vice President: Kerry Mealing
Secretary: Ben Thomas
Treasurer: Scott Hogan-Smith
Social & Events Manager: Nathen Brown
Team A Representative: Daniel Bushe
Team B Representative: Daniel Kirkwood
Team C Representative: Pete Michael
Team D Representative: Dion Baker
Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre
504 Victoria Rd
Ryde NSW 2112