Customer Spotlight: International Gay Bowling Organisation

New Sportlomo Sign Up – IGBO is the largest International Gay and Lesbian sports organization in existence today.

A new sport onboard, known as IGBO, this international governing body boasts over 8,000 members worldwide.

Sportlomo is pleased to welcome its first Bowling Organisation onboard, the Sportlomo team has been working with IGBO for a few months now.   A new impressive website is due to be launched this month.

International Gay Bowling Organization, Governing Body Worldwide, IGBO

IGBO continues to grow as the number one and official bowling organization for the LGBT community on the planet. With members currently in Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand and United States of America. The organisation is currently reaching out to several European countries to expand its presence and bring together the global community to the sport of bowling in its various forms.

IGBO is rich and diverse, reflecting the organizations ideals of Unity, Fellowship and Communication. From it’s original six member cities in 1980, to over 250 member leagues and tournaments worldwide, IGBO has grown into the largest International Gay and Lesbian sports organization in existence today.

The amazing growth of Gay bowling is not surprising, as it is one sport that truly does not discriminate among its participants. Whether young or old, male or female, wheelchair bound or deaf, strong or weak, tall or short, bowling is a sport that virtually any living person can enjoy whether recreationally or as a member of a league. Gay and Lesbian leagues began emerging in the United States in the ’70’s, primarily as a social outlet for men and women who wished to fraternize with their “family” members in a non-bar atmosphere.

IGBO was created out of a desire to unify all of the gay leagues, and open lines of communications between them, as well as promote the sport through league and tournament participation. Over the past 30 years, the organization has dealt with topical issues such as increasing participation by women, memorializing members who have succumbed to AIDS, raising funds for charitable organizations and the ongoing pursuit of increasing membership worldwide.

 Member Leagues run the gamut from extremely competitive to strictly social. The majority of the leagues are handicapped (to create an equal playing field] and therefore there is often a wide range of bowling skill levels among the participants.

Reno National Bowling Stadium, USA host IGBO mid year Tournament 2018

Across the world, IGBO Member Tournaments are held nearly each weekend. Tournaments take bowling to an entirely new level.  It’s not unusual for a tournament to have a festive theme (like ‘the Wizard of Oz’ or ‘a Weekend at Bootcamp’) or to run a hospitality suite round-the-clock.

The Annual IGBO 2018 Tournament is scheduled to be held in Denver, USA from May 23-28th May.

 

IGBO Website