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OutSport Toronto’s 2013 SCRUM: LGBT sports and recreation making a difference

November 22nd at 5pm and runs to November 23rd 6pm

UofT Hart House and the 519 Community Centre

OUTSPORT TORONTO is holding its fourth annual conference for Toronto’s LGBT sports and recreation community.  The conference, fondly named SCRUM, supports OUTSPORT TORONTO’s mandate to create opportunities to build stronger inter-sport bonds and infrastructures for healthy individuals and successful sport and recreational events.

 Co-president, Russian LGBT Sport FederationKonstantin Iablotckii: Co-president, Russian LGBT Sport FederationAgainst odds, SCRUM has secured the courageous co-president of the Russian LGBT Sports Federation, Konstantin Iablotckii, as this year’s keynote speaker.  Leading up to the keynote address, there will be a youth leadership session for LGBT youth to help create some of Toronto’s upcoming mega-events like WorldPride.  Throughout the two day SCRUM, workshops and networking opportunities will facilitate LGBT individuals and association leaders to experience powerful messages to inspire and to have hands-on learning, enabling a stronger and more successful LGBT community.

“As the respected voice of LGBT sport and recreation, OUTSPORT TORONTO’s 2013 SCRUM opens our horizons to actively engage in making a difference to our local and global community,” says Shawn Sheridan Chair of OUTSPORT TORONTO.

Highlights of SCRUM include:

  1. Keynote speaker Konstantin Iablotckii will share with us what it is like being an out LGBT athlete in Russia today.  He will share some of the challenges and hopes for furthering LGBT sports in his home country.  This will be a most engaging presentation giving the upcoming winter Olympics.
  2. The Youth session will give those attending a voice in creating Toronto's upcoming mega-LGBT sport and recreation events.  The workshop will be all about the organising leaders hearing what youth are envisioning.  Plus, they will gain valuable hands-on insight into what's involved in successfully planning events like WorldPride.
  3. There’s a workshop on how to be affiliated with the Pan Am/ParaPan Am Games through the TO2015 IGNITE Program.  IGNITE is a community partnership enabling individuals, organizations and communities to create their own Pan Am/Parapan Am Games initiative.

Register today (click here)!