COLOGNE, Germany – Ten swimmers from San Diego’s Different Strokes Swim Team (DSST) successfully competed in various swimming events at the Eighth Gay Games, held from July 31 to Aug. 7.
Competing with athletes from more than 60 countries, the San Diego team members swam their way to multiple victories, including both personal and competitive “best times” in events like freestyle, butterfly, back, and breast stroke swims.
“Participating in an Olympic-style event like Gay Games was a wonderful opportunity and so worth the time and effort,” said first-time participant Ken Dillingham, one of the DSST swimmers.
“Not only did we meet and compete against people from all over the world, but everyone was so friendly! You didn’t have to be a world-class athlete to participate; I would definitely do it again.”
Several of the San Diego swimmers placed first in their categories, including competitor Mark Wussler, who swam five different events and placed first in his age category in each event.
DSST is San Diego’s-own LGBT adult competitive swim team, welcoming swimmers of all skill levels at organized practices in San Diego five times per week, with each practice supervised by qualified coaches.
On Sept. 11, DSST will host a United States Masters Swimming-sanctioned short-course yards swim meet at Coronado High School’s Brian Bent Facility. DSST will host both local masters swimmers and swimmers from other International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics teams across the country.
To learn more about DSST and the team’s program, visit the team’s website at www.dsst.org.