Well, just in case you haven’t already figured it out from the cover photo, this is our bodybuilding issue. And while many of us won’t be looking like the people pictured here who are so dedicated to their sport, we can all get real health benefits from a little regular time in the gym doing some aerobics and resistance training. It pays off in stress reduction, lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol and lots of wonderful self-confidence.

In addition to the great photoshoot, there’s a piece on gay body- builder J.t. Prall from Overland Park, Kansas who has persevered in his lifelong goal to be who he is today. And then there’s a story on triple-threat Edd Schommer of Phoenix, who wears three different uniforms for three different sports.

If you’re a swimmer, diver or water polo player, registration for the 2016 IGLA (International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics) Cham- pionships are now open. And rugby’s biennial Bingham Cup is coming to Nashville this May. While we’ll be doing more on the tournament host, the Nashville Grizzlies RFC in an upcoming issue, Compete contributor Ian Colgate, our favorite Anglophile, offers readers some quick, fun-filled rugby basics.

It was just a few weeks ago that most of us were in Las Vegas for the 9th Annual Sin City Shootout, the only tournament planned specifically with athletes in mind, something that makes Eric Ryan, founder and tournament director, our Community Hero. And while most were there for one or more of the 23 sports offered this year, a few of us were also meeting to plan a Sports Diversity Leadership Conference for next year.

We also have a new column in this issue called Bedroom Sports. So if you have some questions, just follow the email instructions at the bottom of the story to get an answer. We hope you enjoy this issue of Compete as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you.


Keep Smiling,

Connie Wardman,

Editor-in-Chief connie@competenetwork.com




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