London2018 Chair Alex Davis talks about the year ahead and what we can expect from the London2018 team.
Happy New Year to everyone following the efforts of the London2018 Gay games bid team!
2013 is looking to be an exciting (and intense) year with the bid process coming to a head in just 8 weeks time when we submit the London2018 bid book on the 28th February 2013, outlining how we propose to deliver a Gay Games in London. The bid book is no small document – counting 300 pages covering everything from the running of a football tournament for 1000 international players, to the logistics of transporting 12,000 participants from venue to venue over a 7 day period. I have to extend much thanks to all the clubs, NGB’s, sports venues, and especially all the individuals that have come forward and offered their time, knowledge and expertise to help us pull together all the information that will go into this bid book.
Following the submission of our bid book we have a two month Q&A period during which the FGG may ask for additional supporting information to help them make a decision as to whether our bid should go forward to the next stage or not. We are facing stiff competition from bid teams in Amsterdam, Limerick, Orlando and Paris but should we impress enough to be successful we would go forward as one of three cities to face site inspections throughout the summer of 2013. After a three day visit from FGG delegates to take a look at our proposed venues and meet the people involved in organizing the bid we then face final nail biting wait whilst FGG member organizations deliberate all the information presented to them and make a final decision on who should win the right to host the Gay Games in 2018. It may seem like a long time ahead keeping those fingers crossed for us, but all I can think right now is – I need just a bit more time!
If you find yourself itching to get involved amongst all this excitement then keep an eye on the blog, and on our facebook and twitter feeds for news of events that will be coming up throughout January and February starting with an open community meeting on the 21st January. The 100-Out team will also be keeping everyone busy having fun and raising much needed funds at the Cupids Carnival on the 8th February.
The London2018 team and I will be presenting at a number of LGBT network events in coming months so hopefully I’ll get to meet many of you soon.