Early November, athletes from all over the world will gather in Antwerp. There the Antwerp sports association for GLBTs and sympathizers is organising the second edition of the international Antwerp Brilliant Games.
This international sporting event will take place from October 31 to November 3, 2019. The organizers expect more than eight hundred athletes (gay, bisexual, straight,...) from all over Europe and even more visitors and spectators. Badminton, squash, tennis, volleyball and swimming are all on the program.
This year’s edition, in addition to competitive sports, also made room for a number of recreational sports, such as an Art & Nature Walk, a Bicycle Tour, a run of five or ten kilometres, and various yoga sessions. Entry-levels are deliberately kept low. These events are supported in part by Sport Vlaanderen, increasing the inclusive nature of the event.
Besides the sports tournaments, there is also room for social activities. On Saturday evening, all participants can join the party, but also anyone who feels like it. For those who can get out of bed on time after a night out, there is the brunch. Various welcome events, dinners and a city tour are also scheduled. They take place throughout the city, from the Grote Markt to the Eilandje. Antwerp is getting ready for four days full of sports, culture and fun!
Through the “Antwerp Brilliant Games,” the Active Company wants to positively contribute to the image of GLBTs and sports. “Experience sports without boundaries” is its message. First and foremost, the organization will focus on the GLBT community, but athletes or supporters outside of the GLBT community are also absolutely encouraged to participate. No boundaries!
The great ambiance encourages many heterosexuals to come back. Different activities are organized in close cooperation with other clubs. Through Outreach, the Active Company wants to involve GLBTs from countries that are not as well-off as Belgium. To say it with the message of the recent Antwerp Pride: “In sports you can truly be yourself.”
Part of the proceeds from the recreational sports and sales of the official t-shirt of the tournament go to “Out for The Win,” a non-profit organization that is very actively committed to the acceptance of gays, lesbians, transsexuals, queer and intersexuals within the world of sports (www.outforthewin.com).
The “Antwerp Brilliant Games” in this form are organized for the second time, but the tradition of gay sporting events in Antwerp goes back twenty years. Its predecessors were the World Outgames (2013), Antwerp Games (2009), Euro Games (2007) and the Halloween Tournament (2005) to name a few. For the following editions, the event will settle on the name “Antwerp Brilliant Games.”
The organizers are proud that they are supported by the city of Antwerp and by Sport Vlaanderen. The Active Company is Flanders’ largest GLBT sports association with more than four hundred members and has recently celebrated its twentieth anniversary.
Antwerp Brilliant Games, Oct. 31- Nov. 3, 2019. See www.antwerpbrilliantgames.be