Ace of Base Heats up 2011 North America Outgames, Sat. July 30

In the 1990s, Swedish pop sensation Ace of Base burned up the radio charts with hits like All that She Wants, Don’t Turn Around and The Sign.  This July the band will rekindle its infectious pop grooves in Vancouver as part of the July 30 closing party of the 2011 North America Outgames, held at the Plaza of Nations on False Creek.

Staged from July 25-31, the Outgames is an international sporting event that welcomes athletes from around the world, regardless of sexual orientation or skill level.  Competitors participate in dozens of events, both traditional and not-so-traditional.  Sports this year include badminton, soccer and softball, as well as 10-pin bowling, Texas hold ‘em poker and a dance contest.   More than 2,000 participants from around the world are expected for the year’s largest gay and lesbian athletic event.

But sports are only part of the action.

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Ace of Base Heats up 2011 North America Outgames, Sat. July 30

Playing with Pride: Vancouver gears up for North America OutGames

Last year, the eyes of the world were on Vancouver for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.  This summer, the city will once again be in the sporting spotlight, as host of the 2011 North America OutGames.

From July 25-31, up to 4,000 LGBT and queer-friendly participants from around the world are expected to converge on the city for a week of athletic competition, workshops and conferences.   Among the 18 different sports open to competitors are familiar favorites like badminton, volleyball, swimming, tennis and softball.  But there will also be a range of less conventional offerings, from poker and dragon boat racing to bowling and a full alpine marathon in Whistler.

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Playing with Pride: Vancouver gears up for North America OutGames