The San Francisco Track & Field Club was founded after the 1st Gay Games in 1982. Per Sean Au, president of the club “there are currently about 100 core members, new members and visitors are welcome and there is no fee for joining.” They meet every Sunday morning and in the evening during the week from late January to early October. There are a number of track meets available to athletes, from local all-comer meets to National Championships. Coaches prepare training programs for sprinters, distance runners, hurdlers, throwers and jumpers. All ages (Open, Masters Seniors) genders and abilities are welcome to participate at the level they feel most comfortable. For those who are starting for the first time or who have had a break, there is a program that is aimed to build up strength without getting injured. See www.sftrackandfield.com for their upcoming events schedule.
The club produces and hosts an annual one-day Pride Meet which was held this year on June 20 and drew a record number of athletes to San Francisco State University’s Cox Stadium. Eight athletes posted leading marks for the 2015 US Masters’ list and one female athlete set a world’s record. They raise most their funds and can use volunteers at the Pride Meet and street fairs such as Folsom.
Eight of their members are competing in the EuroGames https://eurogamesstockholm.com taking place between the 5th and 9th of August 2015 at the old Olympic stadium “Stadion” in Stockholm. The participants will be divided into age groups within each event. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top three in all events. The EuroGames is expected to attract over 5,000 participants and more than 250,000 visitors. It is among the world’s largest LGBTQ-events, founded by the European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation (EGLSF) in 1992. Per Trey Allen, president of San Francisco Spikes (soccer), they are sending 18 athletes and per Jeremy Davidson, president of Tsunami Swim Team, they are sending 17 swimmers, 12 synchro swimmers and 3 coaches to the EuroGames.
San Francisco Track & Field Club 20 athletes competed and won 98 medals at the Gay Games in Cleveland in 2014. Sean Au says “we’re also looking forward to the 2016 North American Outgames in Saint Louis and the 2018 Gay Games in Paris.”
Let’s wish all our athletes the best at their competitions in Stockholm at the EuroGames. Have a blast and bring home the gold !
This article prepared by Paul Margolis – Founder and Director of www.OurTownSF.org