Disc golf devotees find community through sport in Riverview, N.B. – New Brunswick
Former nurse Ryne Richards plays the disc golf course at Claude D. Taylor Elementary School almost every day.
Although the Riverview Course has been in operation for just over a year, Richard has been playing low-impact sports for over 20 years.
“I had my first date with my now-husband in Calgary in 1998 playing disc golf,” she said in an interview.
Since moving to Riverview in 2010, she and her husband regularly drive to Sackville’s Disc Golf Course.
She was thrilled when a store opened near her house.
“We were hanging out[in Sackville]and there was no one there… suddenly everyone was around and everyone was having fun. Now it’s like family.” she said.
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CDT Disc Golf president Blake Reynolds said interest in the sport has grown tremendously since the course opened in October 2021.
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“It completely exceeded our expectations,” he said. “Last year he recorded over 11,000 rounds on this tiny little course.”
Ontario native Brian Melanson has been attending the course since moving to New Brunswick.
“I just moved to this state last October and that’s how I know everyone here,” he said. “I just came to the course and started playing, and we’ve been friends all along.”
He even has a disc golf basket in his living room so he can practice at home.
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Reynolds says his group is working with the Anglophone East School District to introduce the sport into the physical education curriculum.
“Last spring, we invited a group of PE teachers to introduce them to sports,” he said.
After receiving positive feedback from teachers and school districts, they partnered with Flickline, a disc golf service company, to create a program that teaches others how to teach disc golf.
“There’s a lot of interest in schools to bring it into the curriculum,” he said.
He hopes to see an inter-school tournament one day.
Dieppe already has a disc golf course, but Reynolds said there are plans to introduce a disc golf course in Moncton in the near future.
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