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First Pride Ice Hockey Match in Newcastle


Last night at Hunter Ice Skating Stadium, the first Pride Ice Hockey Match was hosted in Newcastle. With a mix of players from Newcastle and Sydney, the game was incredibly fun and everyone had a great time.

 

About Australian LGBT Ice Hockey Australian LGBT Ice Hockey was created to engage the large numbers of existing LGBT+ community members in the sport while also supporting new LGBT+ players and fans. Initially formed by a number of Melbourne players, the idea expanded Australia-wide after discussions with interstate players also interested in the idea. In March 2019 we formed Australia’s first LGBT+ inclusive club in Melbourne, the Southern Lights Ice Hockey Club, with Sydney’s Harbour Lights Ice Hockey Club launching in early 2021. Over coming seasons we hope to help players in other parts of Australia form their own inclusive teams. We know the positive effects that sport, team activities and community can have on physical and mental wellbeing, and we strive to create a safe space for the LGBT+ community where they are supported and free of any negative experiences. Ice hockey currently has participants from all parts of the LGBT+ community around Australia. The community is accepting, close-knit and passionate about the sport, and loves to welcome both new and experienced hockey players and fans to join them. If you’re not from Melbourne or Sydney, we’d love to hear from you!




About Harbour Lights Ice Hockey


Harbour Lights Ice Hockey Club, based in Sydney, is the city's inaugural LGBTQIA+ ice hockey team and was formed in 2021 as part of Australian LGBT Ice Hockey, which also includes our sister club, Southern Lights Ice Hockey in Melbourne. We specialise in inclusive, mixed-gender, non-contact hockey, allowing individuals across all gender identities and sexual orientations to play together in a safe and skill-appropriate environment. With 180 members, our club is a microcosm of the LGBTQIA+ community. Our impact extends beyond the rink. Many of our players have felt empowered to come out to their friends, family, and other hockey teams, thanks to the supportive environment we foster. We're not just about playing ice hockey; we're about changing the game for queer inclusion in sports. Our efforts have caught international attention, including features by the NHL and PrideTape, amplifying our message that ice hockey—and sport in general—should be a welcoming place for everyone. NHL Article with more info: https://www.nhl.com/news/pride-month-spotlight-harbour-lights-promotes-game-in-australia-334394490


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