August 13, 2014 at 2:12 pm EST | by Paul Heaton
DC Strokes rowers medal in 8 Gay Games events
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Club Team Captain Bach Polakowski medaled in four of his four events. (Photo by Paul Heaton/used with permission)

DC Strokes Rowing Club won more medals than any other rowing club at the 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland on Aug. 10.

Club members medaled in every event they entered except one, in which there were mechanical issues with a rented boat.

DC Strokes rowers won the following medals:

  • Gold in the Men’s Single

  • Gold in the Men’s Pair

  • Gold in the Men’s 8

  • Gold in the Mixed 8

  • Silver in the Women’s 4

  • Silver in the Men’s 8

  • Bronze in Men’s 4

  • Bronze in Men’s 4 (tied)


Club Team Captain Bach Polakowski medaled in four of his four events for the day, earning two Golds, one Silver and one Bronze medal.

Twenty-four rowers represented the club, which is coached by Brendon Burns.

More than 8,000 athletes from the throughout the world are participating in the 2014 Gay Games, the world’s largest sporting and cultural event organized by, and specifically for LGBT athletes.

DC Strokes Rowing Club, which is based at the Anacostia Boathouse, is one of only a handful of dedicated, independent LGBT rowing clubs in the world. For more information visit

CLICK HERE to see photos from day one of the Gay Games

CLICK HERE to see photos from day two of the Gay Games

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