SARS-CoV-2 just didn’t know who it was messing with when it crossed us in 2020. In the face of having to cancel the ADG tour and our Australian Championships, the Aussie Disc Golf community came together in an unprecedented way, connected with each other across the country and dragged a whole new bunch of players into the game – our numbers grew by more than 35% that year.
As ADG 006 Albert Munoz could tell you, robustness is the ability to withstand the storm, resilience the ability to get up off the canvas and anti-fragility is how you turn tough times to your advantage. As far as that goes, Aussie Disc Golf is the Chuck Norris of sporting tribes – we made Covid sick.
In 2021 we are asking you to do it all again. Recent developments have made the sideshow the big show once more. Small events will be popping up all over the country. Events you won’t have to travel very far to. Events that can be popped down again at minimal cost should local health orders require it.
Living somewhere where the odds of restrictions lifting by November are slim? We’ve got you covered with a nationwide putting competition, that’ll be running parallel with the event – so you can even be part of the Aussie Disc Golf Day from your backyard.
Contact email@example.com to place an order for the once off Fourth Circle Discs Hunstsman Zero1 disc. Disc orders are closing at the end of the month so get in quick. These will be a collector’s item.
Carn Straya. Let’s show everyone, new disc golfers, old disc golfers, local government, potential sponsors and the media, what a robust and dynamic sporting movement we are. Nothing can stop us.
More details on the event, including the putting competition, coming soon.
We should all be able to answer this question – what does Disc Golf have to give? Check out our ‘why disc golf’ document if you need a few ideas because ‘disc golf’s great! It’s awesome! Everyone should play it!’ is not enough.
One way our sport can give is by developing its people. In future, given enough time and resources, we’ll have structured pathways (like coaching programs) that people can follow to acquire skills. Skills that don’t just increase their impact in Disc Golf, but that are transferrable to other aspects of their lives and careers.
The gradual building process has begun with the TD mentoring program. A way for experienced TD’s to guide new candidates into developing the confidence and skills they need to run an event. Also a way for us to formally recognize those skills so they’ll look good on anyone’s resume.
As far as developing Connor Donnelly as a person goes, there wasn’t much work required. He arrived as an impressive young man. You can see an interview of him here. After being mentored by ADG Vice President Ken Summers during the The Mundilorian at Mundaring Disc Golf Club in May, Connor, at 18, became the youngest person to graduate from our mentoring process. Connor will be directing his maiden event, solo, later this year where we believe he’ll become the youngest TD in Australia. Connor also serves on the Mundaring Disc Golf Club executive as a secretary.
Congratulations to Connor, Ken and the Mundaring Disc Golf Club for recognizing that not all the talent that needs nurturing in our sport involves throwing frisbees.
Life gave the world lemons last year, but the unbreakable Aussie Disc Golf community used them to make lemonade. We turned nation-wide shutdowns, travel bans and the forced cancellation of our national championships into an unprecedented event that brought our whole community together and introduced hundreds of new people to our game.
This year it’s on again. Why two weeks before the nationals? In a perfect world, it will give everyone across the country a chance for a local competitive hit-out before the big dance later in November. The small, local events, all connected into one scoring system will kick of a big Aussie Disc Golf Month. In an imperfect world? Well lets not talk about that just yet, but the Aussie Disc Golf day served us well in that way-less-than-perfect 2020. The format will be the same as last year. A one day event with 2 rounds of the same course in the day. Bragging rights winners will be the highest average rated rounds across all divisions.
Recent times seems to have made disc collectors of us all and this year we have a one-of-a-kind, once-off, Aussie made Fourth Circle Discs disc produced expressly for the day that your club or event TD can order. Stay tuned for details on how to register and where to hit up your local club for a location near you.
Event fees will be minimal. If your event is cancelled due to a change in Covid-19 restrictions in your area, you will be issued a partial refund but you get to keep your disc.
Want to organize an Aussie Disc Golf Day event in your area? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the venue and name of your event and we’ll get you started.
Keep up to date with all the latest Aussie Disc Golf Day shenanigans on our Instagram or on the Australian Disc Golf Facebook page. And feel free to join in using #aussiediscgolfday tags on your social media of choice.