By BTL Staff
ATLANTA – Team Detroit Aquatics swim club announced that it has twenty members signed up for Gay Games VII in Chicago. The Gay Games will be held July 15-22, 2006.
In August, the Team Detroit Aquatics swim club traveled to Atlanta, Georgia for the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatic Championships. There were over 700 men and women from all over the world at the swim meet competing in swimming, diving, and water polo.
IGLA is the world’s foremost international organization solely devoted to developing and promoting aquatic sports among gays, lesbians, and friends. IGLA represents over 10,000 athletes in 16 countries worldwide.
At IGLA championships women and men compete separately in age groups. Swimmers range in age from 20 to 75. Ribbons and points are awarded for the top 10 in each age category. Team Detroit competed in the Medium team category placing 6th place behind San Diego.
One of the medalists for Team Detroit was Chad Steed, who earned one silver medal in the 100 Fly and two bronze medals in the 100 IM and 50 Fly for the 30-34 age group. Steve Padget earned two silver medals in the 400 IM and 200 Back for the 55-59 men’s age group. Padget was also honored with a Gay Games participation award given to those swimmers that had special performances during the meet.
Team Detroit members that placed in the top ten individually earning points for the team finish were: Ken Mammo, Ed Hill, Matt Bujold, and Jason Pacyau.
The next IGLA Championships will be in 2007 held in Paris, France.