The sound of white discs swooshing echoed through the air at Northumberland Regional High as local women practiced their Ultimate Frisbee moves Saturday morning.
Not only were the 30 or so women having fun, they are also breaking down barriers in a sport that looks set to grow locally.
“It’s often a male-dominated sport, at least here in Pictou County, so we really want to encourage and develop the skills that we have in our women here,” said Ali Hayward, a board member at Pictou County Ultimate.
She said that Ultimate Frisbee is likely growing, as three high school teams are competing locally. Another 90 people joined the winter league and 60 to 80 players signed up for the summer league.
Frisbee player Emma Curley took a break from practicing her throws and catches to tell The News what she enjoyed most about her chosen sport.
“My favourite thing about Ultimate Frisbee is that it’s co-ed, so you get to play with girls and guys, which is really fun,” she said.
In addition, ultimate Frisbee is a self-refereed sport and players typically behave in a sporting manner, co-operating with each other during games.
“You have no-one yelling at you,” said Curley.
For more information and to sign up for ultimate Frisbee, please check the Pictou County Ultimate Facebook page for updates.
This year’s summer league starts next month after the AGM barbecue on June 5 and details will be posted on the Facebook page.
The winter league games wrapped up on April 24.