Bingham Cup 2014


In 2002, gay and bisexual rugby union teams worldwide
founded the International Gay Rugby Association and Board (IGRAB) as a body to
promote rugby union as an all-inclusive non-discriminatory sport which everyone
can play, regardless of sexuality.
An informal invitational tournament, held in May 2001, was
formally inaugurated by IGRAB as a new international rugby union competition —
a gay rugby union world cup — which in a unanimous decision by all the members
of IGRAB became known as the Bingham Cup.
Mark Bingham –
Picture from Wikipedia
The Bingham Cup was named after Mark Bingham, a former
University of California, Berkeley rugby star who had played in the May 2001
tournament for San Francisco Fog RFC and cofounded the Gotham Knights RFC.

Bingham died in the September 11, 2001 attacks on board
United Airlines Flight 93. According to
Jon Barrett of The Advocate, he is generally accepted to be one of a group of
passengers who fought with the hijackers aboard the flight, which eventually
led to the hijackers crashing the plane into a vacant field in Pennsylvania
instead of targets in Washington, D.C.
This year our Suburban Rugby Brothers, the Colleagues Convicts are hosting the 2014 event as reigning champions. The tournament is being held in Rose Bay at Colleagues and Easts from 24th August through to the 31st with 30 clubs representing 15 countries. 
There are also a number of parties on during the week.  See the Bingham Cup flyer below.
So get down and join the convicts for some great rugby and throw your support behind ending
homophobia in sport.  If you can’t get down, you can listen live to the Grand Finals on 2SER 107.3 from
11am – 5pm on Sunday 31 Aug.
For more info please check out http://binghamcup.com/

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