A Bendigo man is keen to see the city embrace a unique new sport.
Disc golf blends the concept of golf with the equipment of frisbee and basketball. Players aim a frisbee at basketball hoops set around public parks.
Jackson Adams is lobbying for disc golf facilities to be installed in Bendigo, as something that is easy and accessible for anyone and everyone to enjoy.
Mr Adams approached the City of Greater Bendigo to ask for funding for disc golf facilities at the 2019/20 draft budget submissions.
He's hoping to get a course installed at a park in Bendigo in the near future, to grow the sport. It could be anywhere there was an underused bit of nature or grassland.
As a physiotherapist Mr Adams can see how simple it is to get people involved just by showing them how to throw a frisbee.
"[In] Bendigo we're lacking something that's simple for kids, adults and families to play. Disc golf is something that can be played by everyone," he said.
"Central Victoria's lacking something simple that gets people outside."
Mr Jackson discovered the sport driving around Geelong, when he saw some nets in a public park.
[In] Bendigo we're lacking something that's simple for kids, adults and families to play. Disc golf is something that can be played by everyone.Jackson Adams
He did some YouTube sleuthing, bought a starter pack, and started from there.
Now 10-15 people are involved in the Bendigo Disc Golf club.
To play in Bendigo the club sets up portable baskets, making up courts as they go. It's something that can attract a bit of attention in a public park.
"We set it up in a park a while ago and sort of had five people ask, 'What are you doing? That looks really cool,' Mr Jackson said.
"I've also come across a few people that have played disc golf before."
Mr Jackson is hoping for a nine net course, which would allow Bendigo to host professional disc golf tournaments, but said any size would be good to get people involved.
To bring disc golf to Bendigo hearts and minds he plans to run come and try days, so people can learn from a player. Signage near the nets would also instruct users in the art.
Learn more about disc golf at: facebook.com/bendigodiscgolf/
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