The Federation of Gay Games today announced the list of finalists for the 2010 Tom Waddell Award. The Award, which will be presented during Gay Games VIII in Cologne, Germany, symbolised by the Dr. Tom Waddell Trophy, recognises one man and one woman who have made outstanding contributions to the Gay Games and worldwide LGBT sport and culture. The trophy, a gift of Vancouver's lesbian, gay, bi and transsexual community on the occasion of Gay Games III in 1990, is presented every four years at each Gay Games in honour of their founder, Dr. Tom Waddell. (More about the award HERE).
Jessica Seaton of Los Angeles, CA has been nominated, among other reasons, for her work in mainstream and LGBT swimming. She has served or serves on the United States Masters Swimming Rules and Sports Medicine Committees. A past member of the board of directors of International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics, Jessica currently serves as FGG sports coordinator for swimming, and has been particularly involved with ensuring worldwide FINA recognition of times set at Gay Games VIII, a task she successfully carried out at Gay Games V in Amsterdam, where her intervention was key to equal treatment for male and female swimmers. At home, she continues to swim with West Hollywood Aquatics, where she has served as president.