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Written by Reg Domingo

September 2009

"We're about getting fit and having fun playing basketball, in an inclusive and fun, social environment," says Andrew Bondini, President of the Sydney Spectres Gay and Lesbian Basketball Club.

"We play twice a week, catering to all skill levels from beginner to professional. The club has regular social events, which is a great way to meet new people." The Spectres was founded in 2001, to represent Australia in the 2002 Sydney Gay Games VI.

"We met a huge need in Sydney, as there was no gay sports club catering to basketball players," Bondini says. "We quickly attracted a lot of like-minded men and women."

Today, the club has over 50 active members playing at various level of competition. The group competes in Sydney's premier basketball league - 'The City of Sydney Basketball' - most recently winning both the men's and women's Grand Final Championship in 2008.

But it doesn't stop there, Bondini says, with the Sydney Spectres now preparing for the 2010 Gay Games in Germany.


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