Regina disc golfer Faye Gorrill started enjoying the sport final summer time and entered her second match. Nevertheless, it’s a bit completely different from her earlier program; It’s for ladies solely.
“I really feel extra relaxed,” she stated. “It is a terrific factor for ladies to come back collectively and make a number of new associates.”
Since 2012, the Skilled Disc Golf Affiliation has hosted the Ladies’s International occasion. It began as a semi-annual occasion, however the big surge of recognition throughout the pandemic has made the occasion an annual occasion.
In 2021, Saskatchewan hosted its first all-female occasion in Saskatoon. This yr, it was held at Douglas Park in Regina.
The occasion offers ladies the chance to strive disc golf at a extra aggressive stage, giving gamers from throughout the province the chance to compete at various ability ranges from juniors beneath 10 years previous to professionals over 40. .
“It is a extra enjoyable and exhilarating surroundings,” stated match director, Kady Hozempa. “Historically, disc golf tournaments are male-dominated. We’re hoping to alter that.”
Ariel Francis, a competitor within the match, believed that the occasion offered an excellent introduction for newcomers to the rising sport.
“It is a actually good first alternative for women who need to get began in aggressive disc golf,” Francis stated.
“You are not afraid of fellows who can throw 600 toes and see all of the loopy issues they’ll do. You see different gamers who seem like you and have the identical construct as you. This somebody which you’ll be able to see extra life like.”
Social media disc golf Saskatchewan coordinator Jerry-Ann Brownbridge sees the occasion bringing extra ladies into the game.
“Yearly, the provincial championships have elevated their feminine attendance,” she stated. “however [women] Nonetheless nervous and anxious to join the match. However the programs are full of ladies. These occasions give ladies an opportunity to look at different ladies play as properly.”
In 2012, the WGE had 636 gamers registered in simply 42 occasions worldwide. This yr, there are about 3300 gamers in 127 tournaments, from the US to Finland to Australia.
Canada has at the very least one program in eight provinces and one territory.
Gamers in Regina are enjoying in opposition to not solely gamers of the identical course, but additionally each girl registered on this planet by means of a rating system. That means, all ages and ability ranges have the chance to compete in the identical occasion, whatever the variety of gamers.
“It is a matter of seeing and seeing,” stated PDGA’s Danny Voss. “WGE is a chance to point out the world that there are different female-amateur-novice stage gamers on the market and hopefully extra ladies will say, ‘Hey, this is rather like me. I could be completely different from this.'”
“It is a brotherhood,” stated contestant Amy Nichols. “We’re with one another, we study from one another about being dad and mom, work and the way to juggle youngsters. It is a good surroundings.”
Ladies visiting skilled disc golfers like Paige Pierce, Katrina Allen and extra have change into the celebs of the game. Voss believes the sport could be additional enhanced on the grassroots stage to see ladies of upper standing.
,[They] We’re creating what the disc golf world at giant appears like, from high to backside,” he stated. “WGE presents the chance and basis the place Paige Pierce, 10 years from now, performs her first occasion.”
“We’re on the sphere,” Brownbridge stated. “In the event you get extra ladies on the sphere, you will get extra households, extra juniors, which reinforces the sport in all places.”
Regina and Saskatoon Disc Golf Golf equipment host drop-in nights the place ladies can strive the game, usually for free of charge.
“There is a massive group right here,” Hozempka stated. “We’re able to welcome and settle for newcomers.”