The Sydney Stingers are a competitive LGBTIQ-inclusive water polo club in Sydney, Australia with seven 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 part of the Sydney LGBTIQ sporting and water polo communities.
Our 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. We train each Saturday morning at Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre, and we hold regular swim squad meets on Wednesday nights and Friday mornings.
For the recently completed Summer season – running October 2018 to April 2019– there were seven Sydney Stingers teams competing in the Water Polo NSW metropolitan league:
Sydney Stingers L4 “U-Haul” play in the Water Polo NSW Ladies' Open 4th grade. Members of this team are experienced players with intermediate to advanced levels of skills and fitness.
Sydney Stingers L5 “Bunnings” and “IKEA” teams play in the Water Polo NSW Ladies' Open 5th grade. Members of these 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 to advanced levels of fitness.
Stingers M6 play in the Water Polo NSW Men's Open 6th grade. Members of this team play have at least several years of water polo experience and intermediate to advanced levels of fitness.
Stingers M7-1 & M7-2 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.
Above: Previous executive team members (clockwise from center front): Chris Long, Nathan Collett, Stephen Thompson, David Parsons, Jesse Price, Scott Hogan-Smith, Kerry Mealing.
L4 Team Captain: Annie Wylie
L5 Team Captains: Holly Simpson & Liz Kean
M5 Team Captain: Kerry Mealing
M6 Team Captain: Sam McGraw
M7-1 Team Captain: Scott Hogan-Smith
M7-2 Team Captain: Cameron McRae
President: Stephen Timbrell
Secretary: Ben Thomas
Treasurer: Scott Hogan-Smith
General Executive: Annie Wylie
Ordinary Exec. for teams in the Women’s League: Suzanne Ramke
Ordinary Exec. for teams in the Men’s League: Michael Hockey
Ordinary Exec. for Non-Competing Members: Alexander Lau
Communications Manager: Daniel Kirkwood
Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre
504 Victoria Rd
Ryde NSW 2112