12 teams competed for victory in Gay Sports Day, cheered on by a packed crowd of supporters. The event, organised by GMFA, the gay men’s health charity, and the Royal Vauxhall Tavern (RVT), took place in Vauxhall Spring Gardens on Bank Holiday Monday. Contestants displayed their sporting prowess in events such as the drag relay, the egg and spoon race and the 50m mince, helping to raise vital money for gay men’s health and the local community.
Rugby star Ben Cohen and gay icon Kylie Minogue gave their support to this year’s event, donating rare and collectable items for an auction. All money raised will go towards GMFA, Vauxhall City Farm, and The Friends of Spring Gardens.
Competition was fierce on the day, with ‘Fatima & the Four Husbands’ crowned winners of the sporting events. ‘The Dibb Dobbs Experience’ were the top fundraisers, thanks to their amazing efforts to bring in over £1,400 from sponsorships, while ‘Prissy Queens of the Knoll’ won best costume for their Priscilla Queen of the Desert-inspired outfits.
Special thanks to Ben Cohen and Kylie for their support; Clone Zone, Gay’s The Word, Expectations, Regulation, Fetish Freak and Rob for donating items for the auction and raffle; everyone at the RVT; Timberlina for hosting the event and Nick Heath for commentating; all the fabulous teams and their sponsors; Vauxhall City Farm for showing their animals; Friends of Spring Gardens for the use of the park; the two sports masseurs; and the GMFA volunteers for all their help on the day.
Matthew Hodson, Head of Programmes at GMFA, commented: “Many thanks to everyone for making Sports Day such a huge success. We think it was our biggest crowd yet and the teams all made a huge effort, both with their outfits and their amazing fundraising efforts. The full total raised from the event is still to be confirmed as donations are still being counted. The money we get from Sports Day really does make a difference and helps us carry out our vital work for gay men.”