The Celebration ’90 Sport Committee oversaw the selection, planning, rules and regulations of the sporting events at Gay Games III. Co-chairs for each sport volunteered for over two years and were critical to the Games’ success.
Of the 27 sports, 11 were new to the Gay Games. Selected for Gay Games III were badminton, basketball, bowling, billiards, croquet, cycling, darts, diving, equestrian, golf, ice hockey, marathon, martial arts, physique, physically-challenged 10k, power lifting, race walking, squash, raquetball, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, touch football, track and field, triathlon, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling.The most popular sport at Gay Games III was volleyball. 800 athletes from 10 countries on 5 continents played on more than 120 teams.
43% of registered athletes were women, a gender balance that hadn’t been met by any other international sporting event.
At least 1460 Canadians registered as athletes for Gay Games III. They represented communities from British Columbia (726 registrants), Manitoba (21), New Brunswick (4), Nova Scotia (16), Northwest Territories (14), Ontario (341), Quebec (82), Saskatchewan (26), and the Yukon (3). 
Gay Games III put Olympic sports next to ones popular as social activities within the community such as darts, bowling, and billiards. The decision was applauded for supporting inclusion and making the Games more accessible.
Competitions were held at over 60 venues throughout Greater Vancouver including high schools, community centres, golf courses, public parks, ice rinks and equestrian centres.
 Richard Dopson fonds. City of Vancouver Archives.