World Flying Disc Federation

USA's Kahle and O'Neill win gold at Flying Disc Freestyle competition at the inaugural World Urban Games

15 September 2019

The Flying Disc Freestyle event of the GAISF World Urban Games (WUG) concluded late Saturday afternoon, 14th September, with the American pair of Emma Kahle and Daniel O'Neill taking the gold medal, besting the first-seeded team of Juliana Korver and Ryan Young of the USA by 1.40 points. Maxine Mittempergher and Edo Turri of Italy won the bronze medal. The inaugural WUG, held 13-15 September in Budapest, included Flying Disc Freestyle as one of six competition sports that were featured, with the others being 3x3 Basketball, BMX freestyle, Breaking, Roller freestyle, and Parkour. The Games took place at the Nagyvásártelep (Market Hall) in the south of Budapest, just 15 minutes from the city center.

 

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WFDF Announces Freestyle Results from the Preliminary Round at World Urban Games

14 September 2019

The first day of competition for Flying Disc Freestyle at the World Urban Games featured all 12 teams competing in two pools of six teams to determine who would advance onto the second round. With only the top four teams advancing from each pool, one drop could cost a team enough points to drop them into the bottom two and end their dream of a gold medal.

Although there were a few minor shuffles among the top four seeded teams in each pool, the team from Poland ended up seed-busting up two places, which knocked the Canadian team just under the cut line. This secured their spot in the second round on Saturday morning.

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WFDF ready for the World Urban Games

13 September 2019

The World Flying Disc Federation and its athletes and officials are ready to commence the Flying Disc Freestyle competition at the inaugural World Urban Games (WUG), being held 13-15 September in Budapest. Freestyle Flying Disc is one of six competition sports to be featured, with the others being 3x3 Basketball, BMX freestyle, Breaking, Roller freestyle, and Parkour. The Games will take place at the Nagyvásártelep (Market Hall) in the south of Budapest, just 15 minutes from the city center. The whole area, originally built in the 1930s, is being regenerated specifically for the WUG.

With 24 athletes from nine countries in the competition, the Flying Disc discipline of Freestyle combines aspects of gymnastics and dance with the basic game of throw and catch, and it is one of the most artistic and technically-challenging disciplines in Flying Disc sport. Mixed gender teams of two athletes will perform choreographed routines consisting of throws and catches of varying degrees of difficulty, and moves such as air brushes, nail delays, and triple-spinning catches. Routines will be for three minutes in length and are evaluated by judges who base their scores on the difficulty, artistic impression, and execution of the routine. The team with the highest score wins (70 is a perfect score).

Much of the action will be broadcast live on the Olympic Channel at http://www.olympicchannel.com. The schedule is as follows (all times UTC+2, or CET time):

  • Prelims: Sept. 13 — 14:45-17:15
  • Semi-finals: Sept. 14 —10:45-12:00
  • Finals: Sept. 14 — 16:00-16:45
  • Awards: Sept. 14 — 16:45-7:00

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Finland crowned winners at WFDF 2019 World Team Disc Golf Championships

10 September 2019

Finland defeated Germany 8-0 to win the 2019 WFDF 2019 World Team Disc Golf Championships (WTDGC), which were held in Alutaguse, Estonia from 21-24 August 2019. Taking the gold medal had been the ambition for the Finnish team from the beginning of the event — they sent their strongest team and did not lose a match throughout the Championships.

Though the German team played well and pushed the Finns in the final round of games, they came up short but a silver medal was above their level of expectation coming into the event. Seeded seventh and in their first WTDGC, they outperformed all their opponents until this championship round.

Read more: Finland crowned winners at WFDF 2019 World Team Disc Golf Championships

 

Freestyle teams announced for GAISF's World Urban Games

04 September 2019

The World Flying Disc Federation is pleased to announce the Freestyle athletes who will compete at the inaugural World Urban Games (WUG), to be held September 13-15 in Budapest. Freestyle Flying Disc is one of six competition sports to be featured, with the others being 3x3 Basketball, BMX freestyle, Breaking, Roller freestyle, and Parkour. The Games will take place at the Nagyvásártelep (Market Hall) in the south of Budapest, just 15 minutes from the city center. The whole area, originally built in the 1930s, is being regenerated specifically for the WUG.

In order to strike a balance of world regional talent, and to field top-quality teams for the WUG competition, the WFDF Freestyle Committee -- in consultation with the Freestyle Players Association -- used the following selection priorities: diversify freestyle athletes to represent as many countries as possible, emphasize youth, utilize the FPA competition rankings, and consider recent competitive success. For WUG, WFDF will featured a mixed gender pairs competition with 12 teams from 9 countries.

The qualifying athletes are:

1. Juliana Korver/Ryan Young (USA)

2. Emma Kahle/Daniel O’Neill (USA)

3. Bianca Strunz/Fabian Dinklage (GER)

4. Ilka Simon/Waldemar Wagner (GER)

5. Maxine Mittempergher/Edo Turri (ITA)

6. Anna Bragagnolo/Andrea Rimatori (ITA)

7. Joakim Arveskar/Vendella Arveskar (SWE)

8. Meirav Pinhas/Yuval Reikoren (ISR)

9. Benedicte Audet/Brett Schramek (CAN)

10. Marysia Ryszarda Krajewska/Kuba Radwanska (POL)

11. Sophie Rickers/Gordon Brown (GBR)

12. Paola Andrea Garcia Palaez/Pablo Azul (COL)

“The WFDF Freestyle community is ecstatic to have this opportunity to present their sport through the inaugural World Urban Games in Budapest,” said Kevin “Skippy Jammer” Givens, WFDF board member and chair of the Freestyle Committee. “Being able to present Freestyle in a multi-sport event has been a long time goal. We look forward to future opportunities for the growth of our sport that participating in this event will catalyze.”

“We are extremely pleased that the Flying Disc sport of Freestyle will be featured on GAISF’s World Urban Games programme as a competition sport,” commented WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “Freestyle is a youthful and modern sport which fits quite well in beautiful Budapest’s urban setting along the Danube. We are excited to showcase the skill and artistry of our athletes and are confident it will be an attractive event for both local spectators and social media audiences.”

WFDF has been promoting Freestyle this year leading up to the WUG. A group of ambassadors traveled to the island of Sal, Cape Verde, to introduce hundreds of young people to Flying Disc Freestyle through demos and workshops, as part of the inaugural African Beach Games, which took place from 14-23 June 2019.

Powered by the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), the World Urban Games is set to become the ultimate global showcase for a new generation of urban sports. The WUG is the ultimate celebration of new-generation sports forged by the spirit of youth. It is a showcase for the skill, style and power of the most inspirational urban athletes on the planet. The World Urban Games comprises a wide-ranging program of competitive and showcase urban sports complimented by a Festival of youth-focused music, art and culture. These multi-sport games will be held every two years and will feature a wide range of events.

Competitive Freestyle combines aspects of gymnastics and dance with the basic game of throw and catch, and it is one of the most artistic and technically-challenging disciplines in Flying Disc sport. Teams of two or three players perform choreographed routines consisting of throws and catches of varying degrees of difficulty, and moves such as air brushes, nail delays, and triple-spinning catches. Routines are typically three to five minutes in length and are evaluated by judges who base their scores on the difficulty (10), artistic impression (10), and execution (10) of the routine. The team with the highest score wins (30 is a perfect score).

   

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