“Saudade” and “chulé”
Two great words in Portuguese that don’t have exact one-word English translations, but both apply to my great experience with the ever-welcoming São Paulo Bike Polo Club.
I went down to visit my sister who lives in São Paulo Brazil last week, and on Saint Patrick’s Day, in one of the world’s largest cities, I was lucky enough to meet up with a second kind of family, one that at first were complete strangers, but through the magic of bike polo, welcomed me and made me feel like I was família.
Kayla Story has been slaying around the court for several years, and if you had the privilege to get to know her off the court, then you know she has taken some of the best hardcourt bike polo photos. When her collection of photographs grew too much for one person to hold, she curated her first edition of TBD Magazine. The first edition has 60 pages of hardcourt bike polo photos spanning from 2011 to 2015. You can check out a preview and pick up a copy over her website HERE!
SHUFFLE! bike polo podcast interviewed me, Aaron Hand, at the end of last week. We talked about 3-2-1 Polo!, the Enforcer, Prospectors, and so much more. You can give it a listen over on their website HERE and you can find it on iTunes HERE!
“Feminist on the Court” is a new monthly column giving a voice to a variety of women, trans, and/or femme players (and those that support them) from around the world. This month Jackie Mautner of Portland, OR brings us a list of helpful suggestions for allies. If you’d like to tell us your story, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There’s been a lot of discussion recently, sparked in part by the Tacocat music video, about cat-calling in particular, and sexism in general. Last month, on this blog, Sara penned a response which outlined why we should take call-outs seriously, and concluded with the sentiment that the polo community can do better. Similar to that article, this article is meant to provide some ways you can be a better teammate to the women/trans/femme (WTF) players in your life. It should go without saying that this is not a comprehensive list, nor do I believe that there is only one way to create a safer, more inclusive and diverse polo community. Think of these ideas as tactics that may be useful in a given situation/towards a greater goal, just as you would on the court.