David Parsons (he/him)

David has a passion for fostering meaningful connections within the LGBTQIA+ community through sporting activities.

This passion can be seen in his previous experience serving as president of the Sydney Stingers Water Polo from 2015-2019, after joining the club in 2010.  During this time he fostered the clubs female and gender diversity participation, helped lead the clubs yearly fundraising efforts and coordinated corporate sponsorships.  In 2016 the club was celebrated with a legacy award by the Federation of Gay Games for the most outstanding local organisation.  

David is a founding partner and current Director of Finance and Membership for Emerald City Kickball Inc, a community sporting organisation with leagues currently operating in Sydney and Perth, and expansion plans for Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane.  David helped bring Kickball to Sydney with a small group of friends after experiencing a game in California, where he enjoyed the low barrier of entry, social aspect and inclusive nature of the sport.  

David’s taken many of the lessons learnt from his experience at the Sydney Stingers when helping set up Emerald City Kickball – ensuring the organisation focuses on inclusion, diversity, participation and creative, campy fun.  The league also gives back to the community through events such as a yearly charity tournament, which raises funds for the winning teams organisation of choice.  The mental and physical benefits of the sport have since been recognised by the NSW Ministry of Health, which awarded the league a grant to help deliver the 2022/23 seasons to players in Sydney.

David spends his non-Kickball time managing his own architecture practice, and in his spare time enjoys sailing, swimming, cycling, and exploring the great outdoors. He’s also very excited for the international Kickball tournament to be held as part of Sydney WorldPride.

A photograph of a smiling David Parsons standing outside in the sun. His sleeveless tee has the Emerald City logo on the front

Acknowledgement of country

Sydney WorldPride will take place on the lands of the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidjigal, Darug, Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.

We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people come from many different clans and communities across Australia & in 2023 will come together as one, to celebrate with our global LGBTQIA+ community.