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

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.
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. - Dave Kearsey

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 1-709-769-8965.

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