August 23, 2018 at 10:52 am EDT | by Kevin Majoros
Team D.C. athletes capture 231 medals at Paris Gay Games
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Washington-area athletes at this month’s Gay Games in Paris. (Washington Blade photo by Kevin Majoros)

The 10th edition of the Gay Games ended on Aug. 11 in Paris. About 10,000 athletes from 91 countries vied for medals in 36 sports.

Athletes from Team D.C. hauled in 231 medals in 13 sports with the swimmers from District of Columbia Aquatics Club leading the way with 121 medals. The swimmers competed at the swimming venue of the 1924 Olympics and D.C. swimmers shattered 15 IGLA (International LGBT Aquatics) world records.

“I think Team DC represented very strong and we had a very diverse group of athletes. I am so proud of everyone,” says Brent Minor, founder and executive director of Team D.C. who was attending his seventh Gay Games. “It was nice meeting people who were competing at the Gay Games for the first time. These Games completely reinforced my belief that this event is good for our community, especially on an international scale. It’s nice to be reminded of that every four years.”

A couple things noted this year were that Team D.C. had sports couples competing together in swimming, rowing, golf, tennis, road running and volleyball.

Also noted from conversations with athletes from around the world is that some older athletes are switching to sports that have less impact on their bodies. Their desire to compete is still strong and they are finding new sports to remain tied to the Gay Games.

The next edition of the Gay Games will be contested in Hong Kong in 2022 and marks the first time that the event has been held in Asia.

A Gay Games reunion and celebration party is in the works for mid-September for all the D.C. athletes and their friends.

Below is a list of the Team D.C. medal winners.

Swimming

Sara Hewitt – 3 Gold, 4 Silver, 1 Bronze

Craig Franz – 6 Gold

Jay Fisette – 4 Gold, 4 Silver

Matt Kinney – 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

Logan Dawson – 3 Gold, 2 Bronze

Barry Haddan – 4 Gold, 1 Silver

Neill Williams – 6 Gold, 1 Silver

Noura Hemady – 5 Gold, 3 Silver

Dawson Nash – 2 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze

Amr El-Sayed – 6 Gold, 1 Silver

Patrick Barrett – 2 Gold, 1 Silver

Tommy Scibilia – 3 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze

Jerry Frentsos – 8 Gold

Jeff Mead – 4 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

Jay Calhoun – 3 Gold

Corey Carlisle – 3 Gold, 1 Silver

Kevin Majoros – 3 Gold

Arthur Staub – 3 Gold

Jack Markey – 2 Gold, 1 Silver

Brent Quinn – 1 Silver

Eric Czander – 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze

John Tustin – 1 Gold

Drew Fitzmorris – 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze

Greg Koch – 1 Gold

Fred Dever – 2 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze

Open Water Swimming

Jay Calhoun – 1 Gold

Drew Fitzmorris – 1 Bronze

Craig Franz – 1 Gold

Soccer

Earl Armstrong – 1 Silver

John Corr – 1 Silver

Geoff Duvall – 1 Silver

Emory Ellis – 1 Silver

Jim Ensor – 1 Silver

Ross Furbush – 1 Silver

DJ Holland – 1 Silver

Oliver Jacob – 1 Silver

Ian Jenkins – 1 Silver

Kyle McAleese – 1 Silver

Alex Paterson – 1 Silver

Kevin Smith – 1 Silver

Zach Straus – 1 Silver

Mark Summerside – 1 Silver

Kevin Taylor – 1 Silver

Scott Teribury – 1 Silver

Brandon Warner – 1 Silver

John Whitfield – 1 Silver

Craig Williams – 1 Silver

Track & Field

Jeff Dutton – 1 Bronze

Allison Brager – 8 Gold, 1 Silver

Thomas Nguyen – 3 Gold, 1 Bronze

Prakash D’souza – 1 Bronze

Scott Teribury – 1 Silver

Road Running

Lennie Carter – 1 Bronze

Grace Thompson – 1 Silver

Joan Bellsey – 1 Gold

Maura Hackett – 2 Bronze

Fencing

Andrew Byun – 1 Bronze

Golf

John Guzman – 1 Gold, 1 Bronze

Steve Sparks – 1 Bronze

Paul Sliwka – 1 Bronze

Triathlon

Leslie Hill – 1 Bronze

Hunter Gaiotti – 1 Bronze

Bryan Frank – 1 Gold

Philip Deeter – 1 Bronze

Bowling

Matthew Todd-Adrik – 1 Bronze

Tennis

Reese Scott – 2 Gold

Tim Murphy – 1 Silver

Mateo Barney – 1 Bronze

Robbie Cao – 1 Bronze

Vincent Travaglione – 1 Bronze

Rowing

Jeff Morrison – 2 Silver, 1 Bronze

Steve O’Banion – 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

Joey Bowman – 1 Silver

Pedro Falto – 2 Silver

Brian Hackney – 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

Joseph McGuirk – 1 Silver, 2 Bronze

Berin Szoka – 1 Bronze

Samir Bitar – 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

Jude Graham – 1 Silver

Rondel Milton – 1 Silver

Nate Swinton – 1 Silver

John Lucier – 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

Lindsay Cochrane – 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

Volleyball

Bill Christmas – 1 Gold

Mike Snyder – 1 Gold

John Wang – 1 Gold

Jason Tolton – 1 Gold

Alex Benjamin – 1 Gold

Jesse Anderson – 1 Gold

Gabriel Saucedo – 1 Gold

Eric Brielmann – 1 Gold

Will Hansen – 1 Gold

Steve Post – 1 Bronze

Kevin Galens – 1 Bronze

Kent Hansen – 1 Bronze

Michael Gordon – 1 Bronze

Adam Bocek – 1 Bronze

Tim Claus – 1 Bronze

Jack Fleming – 1 Bronze

Kyle Anthony – 1 Bronze

George Atiyeh – 1 Gold

David Chang – 1 Gold

Joshua Schwartz – 1 Gold

Austin Bowen – 1 Gold

Tyler Jacob – 1 Gold

Lynn Katoa – 1 Gold

Julian Dawson – 1 Gold

Tim Mechlinski – 1 Gold

Basketball

Tim Francis – 1 Silver

David Monroe – 1 Silver

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