chogenki saidI think rowing is a sexy sport! But what is up with the "gay team" phenomenon?
Exactly. What is the point of being the number one gay team when you come in last place when competing with other non-sexually based teams?
I have seen this "phenomenon" with gay football, gay softball, gay soccer and gay rowing. I have NOT seen it with "straight" counterparts. The partying comes AFTER the completion of the sporting event. Not before. I am finally, after three years getting this THROUGH to the gays I coach. When you work hard, you get results. And not just against other gay teams, but OTHER teams at world respected and prestigious sporting events (Like the Charles, Henley, etc). Isn't that something to strive for rather than being #1 gay team in a made up all-gay "olympics" that nobody in the rowing world really cares about? Not to diminish anyone's' accomplishments, but.... but really now. I remember a story about some Rugby team being the #1 Gay team in the nation or world... but then played against other clubs and were last or next to last.
Shouldn't the goal be to be the best you can be and excel at your sport? Some of the gay based sports I have played were more like Drinking Teams who skip practice and games/races to get drunk and use out of town team trips as hookup parties and opportunities for bar crawls at the expense of their athleticism. How can you play a game/win a race/compete when you are HUNG OVER or worn out from being out all night?
I have witnessed that most "gay" themed sports teams are just thinly veiled "drinking" and "hookup" teams that have "sports" problems. God forbid they work out outside of practice, stop smoking, give up drinking for the ON season or show up to practice!
Although I agree with your summation, I think that GLBT sports do play a role in introducing gay men and women to a more healthy gay lifestyle than the bars and bath houses. But, if you want to row competitively and kick some serious ass, then you need a serious team who's focus isn't on sexuality, but rowing and winning. It all depends on your focus. You also have to keep in mind that many of the GLBT individuals you coach have NEVER participated in a competitive team sport. They don't know what it means to work as a team, to win as a team, to fail as a team.