“Moving from interstate, joining Surge
was a great way to make friends and create
a network in the community.”
SURGE RED CAPTAIN (2017)
Melbourne Surge was conceived in 2001, when a group of players teamed up to compete in the 2002 Sydney Gay Games.
Beginning as a sub-section of the Glamourhead Shark Swim Club, the team went through a number of guises before becoming an independent club in 2007. The past 5 years have seen rapid growth,
with the club now fielding 4 teams in Victoria’s State League, as well as having a significant social membership base. Our members range in age and ability, and we are always open to new faces.
Melbourne Surge is governed by Committee as elected by our membership in line with our Constitution.
Each year, in addition to the 5 permanent roles (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Club Manager) the club decides on a number of General Member positions to complete a full committee and ensure adequate club representation.
The current FY19/20 Committee of Cal, Jesse, Mateo, Rylan, Shane, David, Rusty, Ben, Tom, Jacob, Virginie and Jake represent members both old and new, with a variety of different abilities and experiences, all representing different subsections of our club.
AUSTRALIAN LGBTI INCLUSION AWARDS
In 2017, Melbourne Surge and Vic Water Polo were awarded the ‘Inclusive Sports Initiative’ for the inaugural 2016 National Water Polo League Pride Cup at the Australian LGBTI Awards in Sydney.
The National Water Polo League was the first national sporting code to hold a Pride Round as part of its competitive fixture.
The televised event at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre drew record crowds, and showcased a match between two national league teams, an exhibition game between Melbourne Surge and the Sydney Stingers, fireworks and entertainment.
Melbourne Surge is proud to have the support of and work with Water Polo Victoria, Water Polo Australia and its associated bodies to ensure our sport and all sports foster cultures of diversity and inclusion.
Andrew ‘Disco’ Scibberas was honoured as a finalist for the Globe ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ Award in 2016.
Disco is one of the original members of Surge, and has competed in local and international competitions, including the Cologne Gay Games and the Out Games in Antwerp, where he was part of the gold medal winning team.
Disco is a dedicated member of our club and community, and has served as a coach, Club Manager, Team Captain, Goalie and a raft of other roles in his time.
SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR