Rob McLeod will be lacing up later this month to shoot for two new Frisbee-related world records — on skates.
The Calgary man will be heading to the Silver Skate Festival in Edmonton on Feb. 23-24 and hopes to skate his way into the record books once again.
McLeod, also known as “Frisbee Rob,” currently holds two Guinness World Records related to disc sports and will attempt two more — one for the maximum time aloft and the other for throw run catch, or more accurately, throw skate catch.
The current record, set by a man from Minnesota in 1991, is 9.47 seconds for the maximum time aloft and 49.2 metres for the throw skate catch. After practicing, McLeod is confident he can break both records.
He said his motivation for getting into the record books is to draw attention to disc sports.
“It’s really overshadowed because there’s so much money in hockey, basketball, baseball, football,” he said. “It’s not really in the public eye.”
McLeod points out that disc sports are something nearly anyone can participate it, whether its tossing a Frisbee with a group of friends or throwing to a dog.
“It’s just showing people that it’s a really accessible sport,” he said. “For me, it’s just getting people active and just knowing that you don’t have to sit in front of a TV, you can get out and play. And Frisbee is the essence of playing.”
McLeod plans to go for the Guinness World Records on Feb. 23, and potentially Feb. 24 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
For more information, visit frisbeerob.com. Check out McLeod’s practice attempts below:
By Katie Turner at Metro News Calgary: http://metronews.ca/news/calgary/533744/calgary-man-to-skate-towards-frisbee-guinness-records-in-edmonton/