About IGLA

The IGLA Championships are multi-day, multi-aquatic-sport events that celebrate friendship, sportsmanship, and competition. Seattle will host the 2013 IGLA Championships August 13-18. Competition will take place at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center and in Lake Washington.

The 2013 IGLA Championships include swimming, water polo, diving, synchronized swimming (“synchro”), open water swimming competitions and the Pink Flamingo.

The Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way will be open to the public to watch the swimming, diving and synchro competitions as well as the water polo matches. Vendors are invited to participate in the 2013 IGLA Championship Expo.

Related social events and activities will take place in Seattle, beginning with the IGLA 2013 Pre-party to be held in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood on Monday.  Championship competition will begin Tuesday.

The 2013 IGLA Championships is the 26th annual meeting of International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics (“IGLA”).  IGLA grew out of the sports festival known as the Gay Games.

The Gay Games were first held in 1982 and then again in 1986.  In May of 1987 a group of swimmers hosted the West Coast Gay Swim League Championships in San Diego to further the camaraderie and competition that they enjoyed at the Gay Games.

In July of that same year, in Seattle, at the Northwest Gay & Lesbian Sports Festival, International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics was officially born and the West Coast Gay Swim League Championships were retroactively named the first ever International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics Championships.

The 2013 IGLA Championships will be the second time Seattle has hosted the IGLA Championships.  In 1992 the IGLA Championships were held at the newly constructed aquatic center in Federal Way, Washington.

IGLA is thrilled to be returning to the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatics Center, home to the 1990 Goodwill Games, 1992 IGLA Championships, 2012 NCAA Swimming Championships and 2012 U.S. Olympic Diving Trials.