At a recent City of West Hollywood council meeting. West Hollywood Aquatics, known as WH2O or “WeHo” presented the city with a check for $40,000 that will be used to fund the costs of a timing system, scoreboard, and disability lifts for the new pool currently under construction in West Hollywood Park.
”West Hollywood Aquatics is committed to giving back to the community that we call home and we are thrilled to partner with the City of West Hollywood to ensure that the state-of-the-art facility is fully equipped on the day it opens,“ Craig Sinel, President of West Hollywood said.
“West Hollywood Aquatics has been participating in the process to build the new pool for many years, and this donation from the team shows the Council and City of West Hollywood residents how excited we are to be moving to our new home. This is a project for the entire community and is a win for youth programs, seniors, lap swimmers, masters, and everyone else who loves the water. This is about swimming, water polo, and the entire aquatics community, and we couldn’t be more excited.“
West Hollywood Aquatics, is the world’s first formal swimming and water polo team organized specifically for the LGBTQI community. Their story was shared recently in the documentary “Light in the Water” which shares the team’s commitment to their community and the impact that WH2O has had on the development of LGBTQI Sports.
WH2O’s relationship with the City of West Hollywood goes back to the club’s founding with a group of swimmers training for the first Gay Games in 1982 and reflects both the City’s and WH2O’s commitment to providing a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment for the LGBTQI community. The club is an official U.S. Masters Swimming and USA Water Polo Club as well as one of the founding members of International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics and “includes athletes of all abilities ranging from former Olympians to beginners. Everyone is welcome regardless of skill, gender, race, sexual orientation, or disability.”
The team is currently preparing for a few upcoming competitions, including,
- USMS Spring Swimming Nationals: April 25-28, Mesa, Arizona
- Tsunami de Madre 2019 Water Polo Tournament: May 11-12, Moraga, California
- IGLA 2019 Swimming and Water Polo Championship: June 23-30, New York, New York
In addition, WH2O is holding a Drag Queen Bingo Fundraising event at Hamburger Mary’s West Hollywood on April 11th which will raise money for team activities, equipment, and help fund community commitments including the donation to the City of West Hollywood.
By Dirk Smith