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Gay Games III
Vancouver, BC, Canada
August 4th to 11th, 1990


Official Program
Gay Games III and Cultural Festival was produced by the Metropolitan Vancouver Athletic and Arts Association with the help of over 1,200 volunteers.

CELEBRATION CENTRE was central command for Celebration '90. It was located at the BC Pavilion and the Plaza of Nations, spaces which were created for Vancouver's World's Fair, "Expo '86". It was an information and registration center and included an Artisan Fair and Discotheque. Outside activities included a food fair, a beer and wine garden, and a stage for entertainment between noon and 10 PM daily.

OPENING & CLOSING CEREMONIES were held at B.C. Place Stadium, also leftover from Expo '86. Opening Ceremonies on Saturday, August 4th were of a ceremonious nature, featuring the Parade of Athletes. Closing Ceremonies, on Saturday, August 11th, were more of a celebration of the spirit of Gay Games.

trophy Vancouver's gay and lesbian community created the "Tom Waddell Trophy" as a gift to the Federation of Gay Games to be presented at the Closing Ceremonies as an award to the "Most Outstanding Participant" of Gay Games III and at each of the following Gay Games. The recipient of the award would be an individual who inspires great pride in sports, culture, or volunteerism, and one who has participated at his or her personal best. At Gay Games III, Paul Mart became the first to receive the Tom Waddell Award.

The Opening and Closing Ceremonies of "Celebration '90" were broadcast live in Vancouver on CFRO-FM. The station also presented a one-hour special and 2 updates every day of the Games.

Thanks to the dedication and determination of the gay and lesbian community of Vancouver, British Columbia, Tom Waddell's dream became an international movement.


Badminton, Basketball, Billiards, Bowling, Croquet, Cycling, Darts, Diving, Equestrian, Golf, Ice Hockey, Marathon, Martial Arts, Physique, Powerlifting, Racquetball, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Touch Football, Track and Field, Triathlon, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling


GAYLA! - A Celebration of Women's Culture
RISE UP! - A concert featuring Vancouver Men's Chorus
SWING '90 - City Swing Band and Tap Troupe
LESBIAN AND GAY BANDS OF AMERICA - a concert comprised of 18 bands
DANCELEBRATION - a performance by 12 modern dance companies
WORDS WITHOUT BORDERS - a literary gathering
ARTCELEBRATION '90 - an exhibit of paintings, crawings, photographs, and sculpture
ARTISAN'S MARKET - an international showcase of more than 100 artists
THEATRE - a broad variety of gay and lesbian plays
OUT ON SCREEN - Vancouver's 2nd Annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival



Some of the information on this page was culled from the publications
"CELEBRATION '90", the official program, and
"GAME PLAN", Games schedules and Vancouver Guide.

This page created June 4, 2002 and revised June 5, 2002