International LGBTQ+ Aquatics Championships
London is set to welcome the world for an unforgettable week of inclusive aquatics. Discover what we stand for and meet the teams responsible for delivering this iconic sporting event.
The IGLA Championships are the world LGBTQ+ aquatic championship hosted annually across the globe. Founded in 1987, the championships aim to create a safe and inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ athletes and allies to participate in aquatics sports and foster a sense of community through the love of water.
Participants compete in 5 World Aquatics regulated disciplines, swimming, water polo, diving, open water and artistic swimming, as well as the IGLA signature event, The Pink Flamingo.
The IGLA championship is a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all masters athletes to enjoy. Alongside the sporting programme, various social events and networking opportunities for athletes, coaches, and volunteers take place across the championships.
IGLA London 2023 is a celebration of inclusion within aquatic sport as we welcome the international LGBTQ+ masters aquatics championships to the UK for the first time!
1000+ athletes from across the home nations and world are expected to descend on London for an unforgettable week of entertainment, community and extraordinary sporting moments!
With over 2000 years of queer history and community, there is nowhere quite like London to showcase yourself and join us in a celebration of inclusion and unity in sport.
We expect to welcome 1000+ athletes to London across six disciplines.
You can find out more about the sports involved here.
IGLA’s mission is to promote participation in aquatic sports among LGBTQ+ people and allies of our community. They work to maintain the highest standards for aquatic competition, inclusion in sport, equality and integrity of fair competition. As the international body responsible for LGBTQ+ aquatics, they regulate all Gay Games and IGLA Championships.
IGLA London 2023 is a grassroots not-for-profit organisation run by and for our community. Almost all of our team are volunteers and help plan the delivery of the championships in their free time.
Out To Swim is the UK’s largest LGBTQ+ aquatics charity and one of the country’s leading masters swim teams, with branches in London, Brighton and Bristol. Out To Swim are key partners in delivering IGLA London 2023 and raising to the profile of inclusive aquatics in UK sports.
Delivering an IGLA championship is a huge undertaking, and were very grateful for the generous support of our partner organisations in hosting a games to remember!
Whether you’re a big brand or a small business, and interested in supporting IGLA London 2023. We’d love to hear from you.
Our sponsorship partnerships enable us to hold more events, make the championships more accessible and allow us to pay the artists, creatives and suppliers essential to the event. We value sponsorship partners who are seeking to engage actively with the LGBTQ+ community.
If you would like to find out more about becoming a sponsorship partner, please reach out to [email protected]