SOURCE: Frisbee Rob

July 29, 2015 08:00 ET

Rob McLeod Wins 2 Gold Medals and Finishes 4th Overall at World Frisbee Championships in Sweden

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - July 29, 2015) - Calgarian Rob McLeod won two gold medals at the World Flying Disc Federation World Overall Flying Disc Championships last week in Norrkoping, Sweden. He won Self Caught Flight and the Overall Disc Golf title. Rob also finished 4th overall, only four points out of 3rd place. These are the 9th and 10th world championship wins for McLeod.

The WFDF World Overall Flying Disc Championships take place every two years and is comprised of seven events (just like a Heptathlon in track and field). Competitors are awarded points based on how they finish with medals being awarded for each event along with the overall champion for the competitor who has the highest points total at the completion of the championships. The first World Frisbee Championship was in 1975 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

The seven events are: Double Disc Court (DDC), Distance, Disc Golf, Self Caught Flight (SCF), Discathon, Freestyle and Accuracy.

Self Caught Flight (SCF) includes two events with the intention of throwing the disc in a high boomerang flight allowing the thrower to then catch it -- with one hand. In Maximum Time Aloft (MTA), a player aims to accumulate a maximum number of seconds between the throw and catch; in Throw, Run and Catch (TRC), the object is to accumulate a maximum number of meters between the throw and catch. To get good results, players must be adept at gauging the wind, "reading" the flight of a disc and employing good catching techniques. The SCF score is the combination of MTA * 5.5 + TRC.

McLeod won the SCF event with an MTA score of 10.62 seconds and a TRC score of 67 metres for a total SCF score of 125.41.

Rob's personal mantra is "Let the Wind Guide You" and in the final, that was his secret to winning. "I noticed that the other competitors were throwing too much straight into the wind during TRC so I knew if I got a catch, I would win the event. They weren't listening to the wind enough so it's not that I threw better than they did, I just read the wind better."

Rob also won the gold medal in Overall Disc Golf. Disc golf is similar to [ball] golf but instead of hitting a ball into a hole, you throw a disc into a basket. McLeod won the event in dramatic fashion, draining a 20 foot birdie putt on the final hole to win by one stroke. You can watch his drive and putt here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXSvUQshTqM.

Rob was one stroke behind after the first one and was tied for the lead after the second round, five strokes clear of the next closest golfer. The whole week he told himself to play smart and believe in himself. "Going into the finals, I had a plan to get birdies when I could but to make sure that I didn't make any big mistakes. Going into the final hole, I knew that I had to birdie to win. I didn't want to win in a playoff, so I threw a great drive and gave myself a putt for the win. It's an awesome feeling when you can have a plan, stick to it, and see the results come from it."

Rob was the only Canadian competing at the World Championships. This is the 3rd Self Caught Flight World Championship in a row for Rob and last year, Macleans Magazine decided to include him as one of the "18 Reasons it's Great to be a Canadian" during their annual Canada Day Issue: http://www.macleans.ca/news/canada/were-no-1-18-reasons-why-its-great-to-be-canadian.

"I was able to find the wind direction during my practice throws which helped set me up to have a good throw during the qualifying rounds," said Rob. "Since you only get 5 throws at a time, it's important to not adjust too much and use those 5 throws to try and get the biggest time or the longest distance you can. While it's important to get a catch, it's also important to get a good time or distance too."

Rob also made the Distance finals, where he finished 4th, only a few metres away from a bronze medal.

McLeod is also a motivational speaker and runs frisbee workshops in schools all over North America. The main theme of his talk focuses on bullying, being unique and finding your passion. You can find out more about Rob at http://www.frisbeerob.com.

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Contact Information

  • You can contact Rob via phone and email anytime.

    Email: rjmcleod@gmail.com
    Phone: 403-618-2946