I am haunted by an unfortunate incident in my childhood. At primary school, I absolutely detested sport with every fibre of my being. I distinctly remember, when being forced to play football, deliberately letting the ball pass between my legs in protest at what I felt was a grave injustice.
Having competed rather half-heartedly in each annual Sports Day from reception class up to Year 5 – without ever coming close to winning a certificate – I decided to finally make an effort in Year 6. I really wanted a certificate. So, after running like the clappers in the flat race, I actually came third. Bronze! I would finally be able to frame that certificate and gaze at it in my bedroom with pride. Sadly, 1990 was the year they decided not to award certificates. Instead, I was presented with a strawberry lollipop. Gutted doesn’t even come close.
So, sport and I do not have the most harmonious of relationships. However, you’d have to have a heart of stone to not have been immensely moved by the events of the last week. The Olympic Games are always a special occasion, but 2012 has been made even more so by the achievements of Team GB so far, and the outward image we are portraying to the world. Our only regret at So So Gay is the lack of openly gay Olympians.
So So Gay knows that we LGBT types are a diverse bunch, and that is why we are trying very hard to provide a good mix of Olympic coverage. You loved our review of the opening ceremony and our viewing figures show that our countdown of aesthetically pleasing male athletes was exceedingly well received; so much so that we decided a female equivalent was only fair. Beyond that, we have reported the actual sport news from London 2012 – or at least the news we think you would be most interested in.
The rest of August will see our fantastic contributors describe their own sporting preferences; their personal sporting idols, their favourite sports and much more. You can contribute by telling us your own sport-related anecdotes. Comment under this article or tweet us with the hashtag #ssgsport. Tally-ho!