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About the Pride Cup

The inaugural National Water Polo League (NWPL) Pride Cup is your chance to celebrate diversity, inclusion and equality in water polo! 

Elite water polo club the Victorian Seals and GLBTIQ water polo team the Melbourne Surge are proud to partner to create this event as part of the Midsumma calendar.

In 2016 the NWPL Pride Cup will showcase both men’s and women’s elite National League matches between the Victorian Seals and KFC Brisbane Breakers, as well as a clash between Australia's only LGBTIQ Water Polo Clubs, Melbourne Surge and Sydney Stingers, who will fight it out to see which city team draws first blood in the Grudge Match Series 'Pride Round'!

Join us poolside to celebrate as the Victorian Seals and Melbourne Surge create history by making water polo the first Australian sporting code to hold a Pride event as part of the men's and women's national competition.

The NWPL Pride Cup will become an annual permanent fixture in the National Water Polo League Championship Season from 2016 onwards.

State and national water polo communities have embraced the Pride Cup and getting into the spirit of the event. The home team, The Victorian Seals will be wearing specialised Pride themed water polo caps to honour the occasion. 

As well as the match spectacle, there will be entertainment, fireworks and transformation of the pool deck to celebrate this Pride spectacular as well as bar facilities to enjoy a drink poolside.

The Victorian Seals and Melbourne Surge have created this event to promote equality and diversity in sport, to create education programs around inclusion and to promote these ideals into the wider sporting and general community.

Come along – cheer on your favourite (Victorian!) team and celebrate LGBTIQ participation in every colour of the sporting rainbow.