Ul­ti­mate good time

Ul­ti­mate fris­bee guru Lau­rel Pen­ney be­lieves chil­dren of all ages can have fun with the sport

The Western Star - - SPORTS - BY DAVE KEARSEY dkearsey@thewest­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_S­port­sDesk

There are no of­fi­cials. Teams get rec­og­nized for team spirit.

Safety is a fac­tor, with no con­tact.

It’s cost-ef­fec­tive be­cause all you need is open space and a disc to play.

It’s a good work­out with all the run­ning, jump­ing, de­fend­ing and scor­ing.

It’s fun and peo­ple of all ages can par­tic­i­pate re­gard­less of skill level.

Those are just some of the rea­sons Lau­rel Pen­ney be­lieves peo­ple should play ul­ti­mate Fris­bee.

Pen­ney, who serves on the New­found­land and Labrador Ul­ti­mate Fris­bee or­ga­ni­za­tion as sport de­vel­op­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tive, has been busy try­ing to ex­pand the sport on the west coast of the prov­ince.

She put off an ul­ti­mate Fris­bee in­tro­duc­tory ses­sion for Grade 6 stu­dents at C.C. Lough­lin School in Corner Brook on Tues­day af­ter­noon with hopes of gaug­ing in­ter­est level.

Char­lene Shears, phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher at C.C. Lough­lin, asked Pen­ney to put off a ses­sion at the school be­cause she had some of her stu­dents ex­press an in­ter­est in play­ing the sport.

“It’s a won­der­ful game. Any­body can play it,” Shears said while Pen­ney put 11 stu­dents through a se­ries of drills be­fore they had a short game. “This is pop­u­lar all over the world now, so we wanted to see if there is any in­ter­est around here.”

The young group that gath­ered for the ses­sion was all smiles.

They laughed.

One stu­dent banged into Pen­ney dur­ing a drill and it cre­ated a chuckle.

But then she re­minded them all that there is no con­tact and ev­ery­thing was just fine.

It’s a sport sim­i­lar to foot­ball in that the ul­ti­mate goal is to bring the Fris­bee into the end zone, but with­out all the pro­tec­tive equip­ment and pun­ish­ing op­po­nents wait­ing to knock you on your butt.

“It’s all about grow­ing the sport, es­pe­cially with the younger chil­dren,” Pen­ney said.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Pen­ney at lpen­ney@ nf.sym­pa­tico.ca or 1-709-7698965.

DAVE KEARSEY/THE WESTERN STAR

Macken­zie Coles was one of the Grade 6 stu­dents in Corner Brook who checked out an in­tro­duc­tory ses­sion on ul­ti­mate Fris­bee Tues­day af­ter­noon at C.C. Lough­lin School in Corner Brook.

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