Competitive Athletes

  • irishkcguy

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    Oct 19, 2009 11:40 PM GMT
    My sports background is wrestling and football and I coached for 10 years, but I am not competing in anything at the moment. I am really keen to give boxing a go when I have the extra money to pursue it. I was wondering what sports backgrounds guys on here have. Did you play sports in high school or college? Are you actively competing in something now? Do you participate in sports leagues specifically organized for gays?
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    Oct 20, 2009 12:15 AM GMT
    I didn't do much sports in high-school - avoided it as much as I could, as a matter of fact. I got into cross-country skiing in college and then started to tech and coach skiing at a local private school, also competing weekends. We have a family ranch where I started to hold summer dryland and winter on-snow camps. Eventually I was hired out of teaching by the national team, and wound up coaching at three Olympics. Now I'm getting back into training, and hope to be in a race or two this winter. Only it's a little harder at 60! (And in some ways, the pressure off, a lot more fun!)
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    Oct 20, 2009 12:20 AM GMT
    I was on the varsity rowing team 3 of 4 years of high school (one year I took care of my dad when he got cancer). I am still doing crew, actually with a gay and lesbian team out of D.C. We went to the Outgames in Copenhagen this year, Masters Nationals in New Jersey, and the Head of the Charles in Boston, three of the biggest events for rowing this year.
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    Oct 20, 2009 12:21 AM GMT
    Ran cross-country and track in high school, but suffered a "career-ending" football injury when my older brother got hurt (thereafter my parents wouldn't allow me to play - which was probably for the better given that by the time I graduated I may have been up to 145 lbs).

    Still play IM football and have also played at 2 Gay Games and 4 Gay Superbowls (or "Gay Bowl"), the first with the Dallas team and thereafter with the Michigan Panthers.
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    Oct 20, 2009 1:55 AM GMT
    Weightlifting 34 years. Power lifted when younger; started competitive bodybuilding in 2006. Played some football in high school. Wrestled a bit when in grade school. Rode a bike around for years, until I moved to Texas, which is pedestrian hostile. Now to HIIT.

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    Just had a full cardiac workup done...I'm in great shape....and love it...tore my bicep...but...34 years without a hitch...I ain't whining...I'll be like new soon.
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    Oct 20, 2009 2:03 AM GMT
    Well, marching band doesn't really count as a sport - but divingwise I competed at both HS/JO and collegiate levels. As soon as a team forms here (with a facility) I will be back to training for either Senior Nationals or Masters competition. Can't wait. I am also coaching at the moment icon_smile.gif
  • jrs1

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    Oct 20, 2009 2:09 AM GMT

    swam competitively for 13 years. rowed for 3.
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    Oct 20, 2009 2:11 AM GMT
    I played soccer when I was younger for a local comp, and I also played softball. My family was very much into softball, so it was kind of a no brainer. I stopped playing that when I was 15 and did no sport until 2 years ago when I started playing hockey.

    I play with a club in the Sydney competition. We are a GLBT hockey club, and we play in the 'normal' competition. I think we're the only hockey team in the world that plays as an openly gay club in a normal competition.
  • Paradigm_Shif...

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    Oct 20, 2009 2:58 AM GMT
    RUGBY!!!!!
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    Oct 20, 2009 3:04 AM GMT
    I mostly coach competitively now LOL
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    Oct 20, 2009 3:05 AM GMT
    I had a great time swimming on the gay swim team in miami - Nadadores!
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    Oct 20, 2009 3:30 AM GMT
    . . . I played on the high school tennis team . . . and I played summer tournaments and was a regionally ranked junior player . . . I've just recently started playing again after an 11 year hiatus, and it feels good to be out on the court again . . .
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    Oct 20, 2009 3:42 AM GMT
    Played competitive soccer growing up, competed at nationals at both the club and provincial team levels. Had a tryout with the national team as well once.
    Quit to get and education, then moved to New Zealand and picked up again playing semi pro.
    Now back in Canada and just takin it easy and having a laugh or 2 played in a rec league.

    Good times all around.
  • TallGWMvballe...

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    Oct 20, 2009 6:44 AM GMT
    Growing up in Boston I played Tennis, and baseball.
    In LA, I trained in Tang So Do Karate for many years then staring playing and competing in Volleyball since 1996 and still going strong! (my team won the Silver last Sunday in LA)
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    Oct 20, 2009 6:51 AM GMT
    My sports background is competitive gymnastics until high school then got into college cheerleading and won numerous national titles. I still compete nationally and I also coach at the largest cheer gym in the nation in Dallas, TX. I love what I do. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 21, 2009 6:33 AM GMT
    Track and field, cross country, and basketball in high school.

    Now play softball, and run road races as well as some track and field.
  • Hunter9

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    Oct 21, 2009 6:37 AM GMT
    basketball, basketball, basketball
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    Oct 22, 2009 2:31 AM GMT
    I challenge hunter in a 1-1 basketball game icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 23, 2009 1:37 AM GMT
    complete nerd in school, hardly any sports.

    then after a bad love affair with a girl i drove past a bike shop and saw that lonely road bike on sale outside the shop and it was beckoning to me. so i bought it and forgot about the girl.
    2 years later i switched to mtbike and the following year started racing on the provincial circuit. Already in my 30's then, i raced vet class and did it for 10 years almost. Eventually , in the master's class i won the provincial Quebec cup series ( 10 races /season ).
    Along the way i picked up running as off season and got hooked on that.
    Did tons of 5k's and 10k's . one 1/2 marathon ( not a great experience, i'm too lazy for those , managed 1h35 ) . I was never a very fast runner but managed 18'20" in a 5k once, usually it's around 19" and 10k's are around 39 minutes, usually amongst top 10 in my cat. but i never won anything. Some guys my age manage like 17 min on 5k's ..gulp.

    I am competitive : i get really nervous before, i sort out the guys who are at about the same level as me and i race them with all i've got . Racing friends become enemies .
    I stopped all racing 2 years ago, but got half a mind of taking my licence next season and do some of the provincials again.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Oct 23, 2009 2:22 AM GMT
    A wide variety of sports in elementary and middle schools (track, volleyball, wrestling, swimming, cross country, soccer, and tennis). Varsity wrestling and tennis in high school, plus my final year of softball eligibility in a coed summer league. College was the fencing team. Grad school has mostly been IM and pickup volleyball, plus the occasional tennis or racquetball match, though there was a small amount of ultimate frisbee and softball at my previous grad school. Anything else athletic hasn't been competitive, and thus doesn't count in this question.

    Who says nerds don't play sports?
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    Oct 23, 2009 3:56 AM GMT
    What's even more impressive is gay geeks who play sports.
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    Oct 23, 2009 4:08 AM GMT
    Played a little football in high school. Couple years ago i was training to try out for the Arena League team here and im pretty sure i had a good chance of making it at my natural position of safety. My knees quit before i did though. I run and lift now but dont do anything competitively although i will hold my own in any sport. Just try me!!!

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    Oct 23, 2009 4:09 AM GMT
    Was a competitive race walker at the regional and national levels for 10 years, and coached for 10 years. Trying to find the next thing now.
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    Oct 23, 2009 5:00 AM GMT
    6 yrs of football. High school I was a lineman and defensive end. Now I just lift intensely to make up for it lol. There is not a time where i don't miss the pain and glory.
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    Oct 23, 2009 5:05 AM GMT
    DiVer saidWell, marching band doesn't really count as a sport - but divingwise I competed at both HS/JO and collegiate levels. As soon as a team forms here (with a facility) I will be back to training for either Senior Nationals or Masters competition. Can't wait. I am also coaching at the moment icon_smile.gif


    That was a nice Reverse 2 1/2 SS T on one meter and standing back pike on floor vids. pretty cool dude especially as tall as you are at 6'1" Strong legs to push your size and weight around

    I competed in diving at the HS and collegiate level also. Coached diving and swimming when I taught HS in the early 70's. Did much the same as DiVer did just some 40 yrs earlier.

    Over the last two decades competed in running and the last 5 yrs started doing tri's. Recently in the last month started Trampoline classes to get back in diving competition shape after 35 yrs. personal goal base on my last diving meet at 26. Like DiVer posted vids but of me bouncing on a tramp.

    BTW I take on all comers so don't be shy!