IGLA is the world’s foremost international organisation solely devoted to developing and promoting gay and lesbian swimming, water polo, diving, and synchronised swimming. Each year IGLA sanctions an international aquatics sports championships in a different international city, with one in every four years coinciding with the Gay Games.

IGLA’s mission is to promote participation in aquatic sports among lesbians, gay men and friends of our community, and to ensure maintenance of the highest standards for aquatic competitions for all Gay Games and IGLA Championships.

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Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

What is Melbourne2020 Incorporated?

Melbourne2020 Inc. is a not for profit organisation founded by Alan Godfrey (swimmer and avid IGLA member) for the sole purpose of hosting the IGLA Championships in Melbourne, Australia in 2020. Alan and a team of Melbourne based swimmers and waterloo players pitched to host the IGLA championships during the Paris Gay Games in 2018.

Where and when are the Melbourne2020 IGLA Championships planning to be held?

The Melbourne2020 IGLA Championships will commence on 20 February, 2020 and conclude on 25 February, 2020. Our chosen venue is Melbourne’s premier aquatics sporting facility – the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC), which has been home to many international aquatics and sporting championships.

What sports will be offered?

Melbourne2020 is planning to provide options for swimming, water polo, diving, synchronised swimming, open water swimming and of course the beloved Pink Flamingo. Sign up to our mailing list to receive timely updates about sports.

Registrations

When will registrations open?

Registrations are OPEN NOW.

Melbourne, Australia

What is the weather like in Melbourne during February?

Summer in Melbourne is mild to hot (depending on what your idea of hot is) with a mean high temperature of 27 celsius ( 80F) and can get up over 40 Celsius (104F). The sun in the southern parts of Australia has some real bite to it, so make sure you get yourself some good sunscreen.

Is Melbourne2020 IGLAs timed to align to Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras?

Yes! The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is the week following IGLA and we are looking into arranging a float for our aquatics participants and supporters.

What is Melbourne known for?

Melbourne is the sporting capital of Australia and summer in Melbourne is jam-packed with local and international sporting events. Tennis fever hits Melbourne in January with the Australian Open and the City revs up in March for the Australian Formula one Grand Prix. Melbourne2020 IGLA Championships will be held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre which is right next to the Grand Prix track! Summer in Melbourne also means cricket season. The MCG and Marvel stadium are routinely packed out for national and international cricket matches. Women's Australian Rules football has recently taken Australia by storm with the AFLW season kicking off through February and March.

Melbourne is a foodie and bar-fly's paradise. Literally hundreds of amazing restaurants and bars can be found in and around the city. The best places are always tucked away in a laneway or on a rooftop. Did we mention coffee? Melburnians are known globally as aficionados of a good brew. There is awesome shopping in the Melbourne CBD and along Chapel Street in Prahran and more art galleries than you can pointy a stick at.

St Kilda, Melbourne's trendy beachside suburb, is a big tourist hub, so make sure you put that on your list.

Melbourne is known for is awesome tram network. You can literally get anywhere on a tram in Melbourne, and in the CBD they're free. They're also a great way to see the city and its surrounds. Download the PTV app for easy journey planning.

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