Girls just want to have fun on the disc golf course
, 2023-05-11 11:01:00,
Guelph Disc Golf Club has a specific league just for ladies, which tees off May 26
Ladies have been teeing off for the last two years at Riverside Park by making their mark as the only gender-specific league within the Guelph Disc Golf Club.
The ladies league started in 2021 and was created by Paulina Ciolko.
It’s for women to have a fun, casual, social time and play disc golf, she said.
“Disc golf in general is a male-dominated sport,” said Ciolko. Manufacturers of disc golf equipment have started producing lighter discs for beginners and women, she said.
The disc golf ladies league season kicks off May 26.
“Women generally don’t have as high of an arm speed as men do. Of course women’s power comes from the lower body not the upper body like with men,” she said.
“Now there’s more opportunity for women to have a good time,” said Ciolko. “Whenever I play in tournaments and I see new ladies I just get so excited. And I want to see more of these ladies in Guelph.”
When she does play in tournaments she said about 15 per cent of the players are women, and the rest are men. She wants to change that.
A lot of women were happy to have an outlet and social interaction by joining the league since it started during the pandemic, she said.
One of the players was a 12-year-old girl named Sophie. Ciolko gave her some tips on the sport, convinced her to join tournaments and she ended up coming in first in provincials in her division.
She started out driving Ciolko.
Ciolko has tried to make the league accessible and the Riverside Park disc golf course made sense for the league to play at because it is flat, with no hills and an easier course, she said.
“Our whole club motto is about growing the sport through inclusivity and accessibility,” she said.
Ciolko was a golfer initially until one day in 2018 she passed by Riverside Park and noticed the disc golf baskets. She didn’t know what they were and decided to find out. Ciolko’s disc journey began there and has taken off since.
She is one of the founding members of the Guelph Disc Golf Club.
Discs are different from Frisbees. Disc golf is similar to traditional golf. The aim is to play each hole with the fewest throws possible. There are three different kinds of discs, similar to golf clubs there are drivers, mid-range discs and putters. Within those categories there are different moulds of discs with different flight ranges.
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