Just over a month ago, I received an email from Lisa, who helps run the River City Disc Dogs club in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She reached out to get some information and look at the possibility of having me come to Winnipeg to work with her club and teach a throwing seminar. Things fell into place super fast and this weekend, I spent two days working with some of the most curious, open minded, passionate, kind, funny, and dedicated disc doggers that I’ve ever met. Some of them have been playing disc for 20+ years, and some have only been playing for a few years.
As much as people get into dog disc for their dogs, a huge hook for people to practice, go to events, and get more into the sport is all about the community. Winnipeg has one of the most encouraging, supportive, and positive communities I’ve seen in this sport.
I’ve been running more throwing seminars this summer than ever before, and this was my second two day seminar (the first being in Lloydminster). I approached this weekend with a similar plan, but so much depends on the skill level of the students, their goals, physical limitations, and their progression during the weekend, so there were lots of tweaks, new games, approaches, and throws being taught.
It was really awesome getting to meet them first thing Saturday morning, hearing their stories, learning more about their motivations, goals, and experiences, to then spending 10+ hours with them and being able to call many of them my friends! I love this sport, I love this community, and I love having the opportunity and ability to have this as my life!
Huge thanks to Lisa, Donna, and Shawn for making this all happen! I cannot wait to come back and to keep in touch with some great new friends! Also, a special shoutout to Annie the Goat who was super curious, and also to the crazy ducks that were keeping us in line!
I was also able to run a disc golf workshop for 10 ultimate players who have recently gotten into disc golf (and had a fantastic catch up with Jessica Benoit, who does a ton of work to grow the sport of frisbee, especially on the women’s side!) and then play the La Barriere Disc Golf Course with the top player in Manitoba (and one of the best in Canada) Bryan Freese!
Feeling so fortunate to rock into tomorrow as I run a throwing workshop for Wolvesden Kennel!