From the small group of friends that came together simply with a passion for volleyball, the Vancouver Gay Volleyball Association (VGVA) has come a long way over its thirty year history. Crediting the 1990 Gay Games in Vancouver for an increased interest in the game, the VGVA has blossomed to today’s 180 members playing at five different levels.
The VGVA attracts players at all levels: their recreational league is designed for those who just want to have fun, the intermediate leagues are designed to help develop skills and the competitive leagues are, well, self-explanatory.
According to Trevor Fraser, a member of the VGVA for 13 years and Chair of the group’s Board, offering these different levels allows the VGVA to offer something for just about anyone that wants to play volleyball. And when Trevor says anyone he does mean anyone, as although the group’s name has the word “gay” in it they are very much an inclusive group with a membership that includes gay, lesbian, straight, bi, transgendered, or otherwise.
Besides the Association’s usual indoor league that runs September through April at King George Secondary & Jericho Hill Centre, the VGVA also offers a summer grass league at Ceperley Field in Stanley Park.
Each year the VGVA hosts its annual Queen Vicki Tournament with teams competing from across the United States as a North American Gay Volleyball Association (NAGVA) sanctioned event. Held every November, with the 2009 tournament taking place on November 7th and 8th, the Queen Vicki Tournament not only offers a full slate of games but combines the competition with plenty of opportunities for social activities. The VGVA remains NAGVA’s only non-U.S. based team.
The Queen Vicki Tournament also forms part of the Triple Tiara which includes tournaments in Portland and Seattle. Resurrected last year after an almost eight year absence, the Triple Tiara trophy goes to a team who wins all three northwest tournaments. A Vancouver team won the trophy in the late 90s.
And while volleyball is most definitely the group’s focus, they are also active in the local community whether it is through sponsorship at the Vancouver Queer Film Festival or their participation in the Vancouver Pride Picnic in the Park.
For more information on becoming a member of the Vancouver Gay Volleyball Association or to find out about their drop-in program visit the VGVA online at http://www.vgva.com.
Vancouver Gay Volley Ball Association
Providing educational instruction and volleyball play in a comfortable and fun gay positive environment to any person regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.