Despite questionable weather, fifteen costumed ultimate frisbee teams had a blast at Lakeside participating in a weekend tournament with over 220 participants.
“It’s been such a great tournament. The weather was a challenge—we had gusty, stormy weather and even lightning and thunder—but the players had a good time nonetheless,” said player Amy MacKay.
When the Star attended on Sunday afternoon the wacky players were dressed in Gold Rush, Mexican, Pajama and Party in My Pants themed teams as they duked it out for the top spot.
“One of the ultimate community’s most important thing is based on spirit of the game, so you play as honourably as you can for yourself but you also elevate your opponents. We make all our own calls. But it’s not just about being honourable, it’s about being silly,” said MacKay.
Nelson Ultimate’s team traveled extensively this year, visiting Calgary, Bozeman, Montana and even Spain and Italy. While traveling they met many of the teams that participated in this weekend’s festivities.
“People have been going out downtown to dinner at places like Finley’s and they really enjoyed MarketFest, the live music and the vibe. I think everyone’s keen to come out again next year.”
Nelson Ultimate meets twice a week, 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
First practice is free, then it’s $10 per session. A season is $70.