2017 Photo Contest, Sports, 1st prize

Boys Will Be Boys


Giovanni Capriotti

02 September, 2016

Muddy York RFC’s captain Jimmy Karttunen (left) and teammate Carlo Vitelli (right) walk with drag queen Demanda Tension, along Church Street in Toronto’s gay village. They are heading to the opening ceremony of the Beaver Bowl, an annual tournament hosted by Muddy York featuring both gay and non-gay teams.

Muddy York Rugby Football Club, established in 2003, is the first gay-friendly rugby team in Toronto, Canada. It was set up to resist the idea that gay men were not suitable for a heavily masculine sport like rugby, and to counter the stereotypes surrounding gay athletes. Canada is now host to three gay-oriented teams, after the Montreal Armada joined the Ottawa Wolves and Muddy York. A fourth, the Vancouver Rogues, dissolved after players felt they had brought sufficient awareness to issues of inclusion, and now play on mixed teams. Muddy York RFC competes against mainstream teams in the Toronto Rugby Union, and travels to play against other gay teams.

About the photographer

Giovanni Capriotti

After finishing high school he moved to Amsterdam and London, attracted by the vibrant and creative 90's. Passion for photography has always been part of his life, although at th...

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Canon EOS-1D X

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