Disc participant Regina Faye Gorrrill began taking part in the game final summer time and entered her second match. Nonetheless, this can be a little completely different than her first occasion; it’s for ladies solely.
“I really feel extra relaxed,” she mentioned. “It is an amazing factor for ladies to be collectively and make numerous new mates.”
Since 2012, the Skilled Disc Golf Affiliation has hosted the Ladies’s International Occasion. It began as a biannual occasion, however the large growth in recognition throughout the pandemic made the occasion an annual occasion.
In 2021, Saskatchewan hosted its first all-female occasion in Saskatoon. This 12 months it was hosted at Regina’s Douglas Park.
The occasion affords ladies the chance to expertise disc golf at a extra aggressive degree, bringing gamers from throughout the province to compete at varied talent ranges, from juniors beneath 10 to professionals over 40.
“It is a extra enjoyable and inspiring surroundings,” mentioned match director Kadie Hozempa. “Historically, disc golf tournaments are male dominated. We hope to alter it. “
Ariel Francis, a contestant on the match, felt the occasion acted as introduction for these new to the rising sport.
“It is a actually good first alternative for ladies who need to begin taking part in aggressive disc golf,” mentioned Francis.
“You are not intimidated by the fellows who can throw 600 toes and see all of the loopy issues they will do. You see different gamers who appear to be you and have the identical construct as you. He’s somebody you’ll be able to take a look at who’s extra reasonable.
Jeri-Ann Brownbridge, Disc Golf Saskatchewan’s social media coordinator, noticed the occasion carry extra ladies into the game.
“Annually, the provincial championships have elevated her feminine presence,” she mentioned. “However [women] they’re nonetheless nervous and desperate to enter tournaments. However the programs are full of girls. These occasions enable ladies to see different ladies play as properly. “
In 2012, the WGE registered 636 gamers in simply 42 occasions worldwide. This 12 months, there are practically 3300 gamers in 127 tournaments from the US to Finland to Australia.
Canada has no less than one occasion in eight provinces and one territory.
Regina gamers not solely play towards gamers on the identical path, but additionally towards all registered ladies on the earth by means of a rating system. Which means all ages and talent ranges have the chance to compete whatever the variety of gamers in a single occasion.
“It is a case of seeing and being seen,” mentioned Danny Voss of the PDGA. “The WGE is a chance to indicate the world that there are different novice and newbie degree gamers and hopefully extra ladies will say, ‘Hey, she’s identical to me. I will be a part of this. ‘”
“It is a sisterhood,” contestant Amy Nicholls mentioned. “We’re collectively, we be taught from one another about being mother and father, about how you can juggle work and kids. It is an amazing surroundings ”.
Ladies touring with professional golfers like Paige Pierce, Catrina Allen and extra have change into stars of the game. Voss believes having top-notch ladies to look as much as can develop the game from the bottom up.
“[They] are elevating the facet of disc golf to the world at massive, constructing it from prime to backside, “he mentioned.” The WGE presents the chance and basis on which 10-year-old Paige Pierce will now maintain her first occasion. . “
“We belong to the camp,” Brownbrige mentioned. “For those who get extra ladies on the pitch, you’ll have extra households, extra younger individuals, which makes the game develop in all places.”
Regina and Saskatoon disc golf golf equipment host evenings the place ladies can attempt the game, usually free of charge.
“There’s a nice group right here,” Hozempka mentioned. “We’re able to welcome and settle for new individuals”.