If you weren’t at Kaslo Jazz Fest, you may have noticed a couple of hundred young athletes hanging around Lakeside fields chasing spinning plastic. The Nelson Ultimate Frisbee Association hosted Disc Break, the eighth annual ultimate frisbee tournament, on Aug. 3 and 4.
Once again teams from cities including Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Kelowna, Seattle, Spokane, and Missoula, Mont. all sent competitive squads, as did Nelson, Grand Forks and Vernon. Fourteen teams squared off in all, bringing over 250 touring athletes to Nelson over the long weekend.
The finals saw a relatively young Calgary team, Lit, now in its fourth year and hungry for a win. They played a competitive game; their female athletes moved the disc forward while the men closed hard on defence. In the end, the athleticism of the youth team was not enough to beat out the disc savvy of a more experienced tri-cities squad, Fiesta.
Hailing from the Spokane area, Fiesta has taken gold at Disc Break before. Captained by the indomitable Alex Ho, this team consistently brings a high level of spirit and competition.
The Vernon team, Gold Diggers, won the spirit prize for their excellent costumes and post-game spirit offerings.