Do you have the guts to try one of the oldest extreme sports?
Several local players will represent Team USA at a world “Guts Frisbee” championship.
“It is an easy game to play, it is a hard game to win” says Mike Colden, President of the Fox Cities Frisbee Club.
Frisbees are flying at speeds up to 70 miles per hour.
“Just the pure adrenaline of the disc coming in so fast at you” says Colden. The rush is what drew him to Guts Frisbee.
“The sport had kind of died out in the 90s and we are trying to bring it back and make it grow again” he says.
“I really focus on aiming. I can pick one guy on the line and throw it right at him” says
Josh Tews. That accuracy earned the Appleton native the title of Captain on Team USA.
“We are going to London” he explains. “The tournament is from June 18 – 25”.
The object is to throw the disc through the line of defending players.
“You can hit it however you want as long as it does not touch two parts of your body” Tews says.
The team is training to take on the best in the world.
According to Tews “The toughest team is going to be Japan. They won four years ago”.
But, Tews says his team has enough guts to take home the international glory. “A little nervous, but not too much. We are pretty confident” he says.
You can see dozens of “Guts” teams in action at the Wisconsin State Championship.
It is this coming weekend, June 4th and 5th, at O’Hauser Park in the Village of Fox Crossing.