International LGBTQ+ Aquatics Championships
IGLA London 2023 is committed to inclusive and anti-discrimination practices in relation to all athletes. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our championships!
We understand that trans and non-binary athletes may face additional barriers and concerns when considering signing up for an IGLA event.
This page provides information regarding what to expect at IGLA London 2023. If you would like clarity on any of the points below, get in touch and let’s have a chat ([email protected])
Here’s how it will work in practice:
FINA is the international body for swimming and IGLA London 2023 is running its swimming competition under FINA rules for the following two reasons:
You may enter the tournament under any category male, female or open. You will receive medals in the event you have entered.
All results will be formally submitted to FINA/your national governing body under their system. Please be reassured that this information will only be publicly available in the UK if you ticked the box saying it could be published when registering with Swim England. Please refer to your own governing body if you are from outside the UK. Nobody (apart from those completing competition administration) will have access to this information. You have the right to opt out of data sharing with the NGBs and can do this by writing to [email protected].
As a FINA sanctioned event, any participant will be eligible to apply to have a FINA Masters World Record recognised by FINA. The process for doing that requires a form to be completed which asks for the participant to disclose that person’s sex and for a “Certifying Official” to attest that “All FINA Rules” have been followed. Those rules require anyone who is taking a banned substance to have a Therapeutic Use Exemption and testosterone. anti-estrogenic and other substances are banned.
An extremely small number of FINA world records are set at any IGLA event and there is no obligation on anyone who breaks a record to have it recognised by FINA. We will celebrate you and your record regardless.
You do not need a Therapeutic Use Exemption form to compete at IGLA 2023 if you are on hormone treatment.
There will be an open category for our water polo tournament and teams will be mixed gender, with no specific gender quota. The women’s water polo league is open to all trans women. If you cannot find a team, please email [email protected], London Orca Women’s A team are always looking for new players.
There are some swimwear requirements when competing at IGLA London 2023, although these are not generally arduous. If you are unsure, you can contact [email protected] for advice.
In general terms there are two different standards of swimwear.
Open Water additionally permits the use of wetsuits. Please refer to the Open Water entry pack for more details.
London Aquatics Centre (LAC)
The LAC changing facilities are individual unisex cubicles with communal showers, the toilets in the changing rooms are gendered. There are some unisex individual toilets, but these are not conveniently located next to the pools. At some times during the tournament, adjacent pools may be open to the general public.
Britannia Leisure Centre (BLC)
BLC changing facilities are individual unisex cubicles with communal showers and a couple of shower cubicles. The toilets are gender neutral. Throughout the tournament, adjacent pools may be open to the general public.
Docklands Sailing and Water Sports Centre (Millwall Dock)
DSWC has separate women’s and men’s changing rooms. There are female and male toilets on the way into each changing room and an additional accessible toilet. Some competitors choose to change under a robe on dockside and this is generally accepted practice in the UK Open Water community.