Ultimate frisbee draws competition in Saskatoon

SASKATOON – Tossing the frisbee around has traditionally been known to go hand-in-hand with a sunny, relaxing afternoon. But many ultimate frisbee athletes in Saskatoon over the weekend were in of one big adrenaline rush.

The sport is garnering plenty of attention across North America, with two upstart professional leagues drawing fans willing to pay for the experience.

Arthur with the Saskatoon Society said top teams take the sport very seriously.

“They’re very competitive and they have a very rigorous ,” said Cradock.

“Quite often there’s a coach that will be running it as well and a manager on the team.”

The sport has also officially been recognized by the International Olympic Committee.

“It’s hit the now, some of the plays at the really high, competitive levels are actually starting to get top ten, , that kind of thing,” said Cradock.

This August long weekend, top talent is being showcased at the “Disc ” co-ed ultimate frisbee tournament, attracting 22 teams from across , Alberta, and .

“It’s grown so much in the past decade. The big push is in the United States, they have a college circuit,” said Brett Campbell, Bunny Thugs .

The tournament is an opportunity for competitors to tune up ahead of the Canadian Ultimate Championships, set to get underway in Vancouver in mid-August.

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