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Thursday, May 18.
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In today’s email:
Have A Go: World Cup Frisbee is coming
Last Week’s Poll: Results
Trending: Spatial Awareness
Around the Web (Snippets): Rocket Man Albo, the long haul at Coolangatta airport and a local HealthTech startup to go global
Gold Coast housing price movements
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One Big Thing: GC World Cup Frisbee
Only a few days ago on 13 May 2023, the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) announced that the 2024 World Championships will return to the beaches of Gold Coast.
The pandemic put a bit of a dampener on the planned 2020 and 2021 Gold Coast events.
What on Earth is a Flying Disc?
It’s a frisbee…
The 2024 WFDF World Ultimate Championships will be held in Gold Coast from August 31st to September 7th, 2024, primarily at the Runaway Bay Sport Precinct.
According to the WFDF, athlete accommodations will be centred at Surfer’s Paradise.
What it means
Yes, the flying disc is commonly known as the Frisbee.
While this plastic disc, for most of us, fills many idle hours on the lawn, car parks, and beaches around the world, it’s a niche sport that competitors take seriously.
Players travel the world to participate in championship events held in the various disciplines sanctioned by WFDF.
The flying disc competitive disciplines include:
Ultimate – a non-contact team game with seven players per team on a field that is 64 metres long and 37 m wide with two 18 m endzones.
Disc Golf – the game of golf played with a flying disc.
Freestyle – Masters of the flying disc perform stylistic tricks.
Guts – played with two teams of 5 players each.
Overall – a variety of events like a track and field competition
Beach Ultimate – a version of Ultimate that is played in the sand.
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What people are saying
“These Championships being hosted in Australia in 2024 will mark the return of National teams to WFDF World Championships for the first time since 2016 on account of the WUGC being cancelled in both 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic,” said WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch in a statement.
“We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded the privilege of hosting the WFDF 2024 WUC and WGC events,” said Australian Flying Disc Association (AFDA) Chairman of the Board Simon Farrow in a statement.
“I am personally excited to contribute to the delivery of an exceptional experience for athletes, volunteers, and spectators from all corners of the globe.
The Gold Coast effect
The turbulence of the last few years, inflationary pressures, and pent-up demand for travel make it hard to estimate the economic impact of the 2024 WFDF World Championships for Gold Coast.
It is certain that niche sporting events have surprising economic impacts on host cities.
For example, the community of Lebanon, Ohio, USA, hosted the WFDF World Ultimate Club Championships, and The Warren County Convention and Visitors Bureau estimated that the event had over a $10 million economic impact on the area.
What to look out for
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