The Hamilton Spectator

Local teen is championin­g disc golf in Brant County

Brooklyn O’Krafka of Paris, a national and provincial junior champion, got start during pandemic


Thirteen-year-old Brooklyn O’Krafka began playing disc golf as a pandemic pastime with her family — now, she’s a national and provincial junior champion in the sport.

The Brant County youngster’s coach is “YouTube,” she said with a laugh, adding that many people in the disc golf community have “reached out and helped me improve my game.”

After a successful last year — travelling for tournament­s as far away as Thunder Bay and Illinois — she’s looking ahead to this season, with hopes of reaching the Profession­al Disc Golf Associatio­n’s Junior Disc Golf World Championsh­ips in Oklahoma.

Through the winter, the Paris teen regularly trekked to the Bronte Creek course in Oakville to practise her putting indoors — it’s the skill she said she is “most proud of.”

She’s also spent hours honing her skills in a practice area set up in her backyard, and on the Green Lane Sports Complex public course in Paris, a park she said offers a “really good variety” of holes — some in open areas, perfect for practising a variety of throws, others in treed zones, requiring more technique.

While the county boasts an active disc golf community, O’Krafka hasn’t connected with many local youth in the sport — something she’s working to change.

Her performanc­e last year earned her a sponsorshi­p with Latitude 64, a Swedish company that makes disc golf supplies, and they’re providing her with “a bunch of free clinic discs and supplies” she’s excited to bring to her school to help introduce peers to the sport, she said.

This year, she is also excited to debut artist-designed personaliz­ed stickers and discs she’ll sell through her Instagram page to help offset the cost of tournament­s. For other youngsters interested in trying the sport, the County of Brant Public Library has a beginner kit for members to borrow, and is hosting a learn-to-play event on April 24 with the Paris Disc Golf Club at the Green Lane Sports Complex.

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Brooklyn O’Krafka

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