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Its amazing how addictive this sport is. Disc Golf seems to take up so much of my time and thoughts now, I dont know what I did before I was invited to play by a mate..... I must have had a heap of spare time though! Starting a club from scratch was a challenge, but we all pulled together and that was achieved. The next big hurdle was organizing a really big State Tournament, and we did that exceptionally well. This year in October, we're hosting the Australian National Championships, and everything is indicating that this will be the best event in Australia for a very long time. But having said all that, I'm getting those organisational nerves that ensure I never play my best disc golf when we're running the event. I'm always worried that we've forgotten to do something, offended someone, haven't ticked all the boxes etc. I suppose its a good thing to worry about the event and try to cover every contingency, but its also stressful. Theres nothing better than going interstate to just be a player in a big event. The guys at Geelong did a great job last year, so we have some big shoes to fill, but things are on track thanks to our club members doing the hard yards to design courses, gain council premission, obtain grants/sponsors, and generally cover everything we need to ensure the event is as big as we can make it. A lot of this work will not be seen by the regular player, they will only see the final result and judge on how the tournament pans out.

But dont be fooled into thinking its a straightforward process. Unless you've been involved behind the scenes of even a small tournament, then give your tournament director and event staff the benefit of the doubt when something doesnt quite go right. They're probably running an event for you because they love the sport of disc golf as much as you do. There will be mistakes along the way, sure, but we're all in it for one thing: love of disc golf. Definitely over here its not about money: our club is not well off by any means, and our tournaments sometimes make a modest profit for the club, if not we may just break even or even lose money. Its about showing this sport to everyone else, so they can see why we enjoy what we do so much. I thoroughly enjoy every time my friends, my dog and I hit the course for a round or two, but seeing the look on a beginners face when they throw their longest drive or hit a putt from 20 metres out, that feeling is incredible. To see a beginner throw some terrible shots on one hole, then just shake it off and recover admirably on the next hole, thats what I enjoy watching. To be in a group with someone when they throw an Ace, another amazing moment. And like any sport, you learn things about yourself whilst playing in different situations. Some people say that its one particular aspect that keeps them coming back, for me its a lot of factors. I am pretty comfortable with communicating, both written and verbal, but I don't think I can physically put into words why I'm drawn to disc golf so much. Theres just too many good experiences I've had with the sport to ever walk away, and those memories will remain with me for my lifetime.

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Comment by Chris Fair on August 5, 2010 at 3:02pm
p.s. glad to hear btw, and good luck in the future.
Comment by Chris Fair on August 5, 2010 at 3:02pm
Very nice, I hope one day you get to shake the DG gitters. Although I have been involved in several large scale productions of concerts and other events (thousands of people) I'll tell you that idea that something wasn't taken care of never goes away. You just learn to adjust to it and handle it all calmly. The biggest thing I've learned is that the event is not for me, its for those I'm putting it on for. At the concerts, even though I get to hear music or talks or whatever, I never get to enjoy it like when I go to someone elses. Because it is the work I'm doing for others, not the work they're doing for me (not that I think your doing this for yourself, its just the best thing I realized in putting on an event). Delegation is also a big key, and wonderful help, because it means you aren't taking it all on yourself and its a way to show yourself you still trust people, something I didn't do for a while and it was bad.
Comment by spiderwoman on August 5, 2010 at 12:54pm
That last sentence says it all. Good times to be had by all.

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