European Space Agency to host flying disc competition in space
On Friday, December 15th, the European Space Agency is the host of a unique sporting event. Supported by the World Flying Disc Federation, the Swedish
*corrected to 'disc'* Sport Federation are proud to sanction this unprecedented event.
Christer Fuglesang, ESA astronaut on the Space Shuttle Discovery Mission
STS-116, will attempt to break the world record in the flying disc sporting
discipline MTA, Maximum Time Aloft.
The competition will start at seven minutes past seven GMT in the evening of
Friday, December 15th, 2006. We believe that this is the first ever
sanctioned sports event that takes place in space.
The rules of MTA are simple: A player shall attempt to throw the disc in
such a fashion that the disc remains airborne for as long as possible,
before catching the disc himself. The timing of the flight of the throw
shall be measured from the instant of release until the instant the disc is
initially touched in the catching attempt.
In this specific competition, Christer is free to waive the recommendation
in the rules that an additional disc be available in the event a disc is
lost or becomes unsuitable for use.
The MTA world record stands at an impressive 16.72 seconds and was set by
Don Cain (USA), on 5/26/84, in Philadelphia, PA. The sanction for the
attempt to break it was formally announced by the Swedish *corrected to 'disc'* Sport
Federation on December 10th, 2006.
Competition supervisors are Helen Page, European Space Agency, and Jonas
Bengtsson, Södertörns *corrected to 'disc'* Klubb, Sweden.
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The World Flying Disc Federation
The main aims of the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) are to encourage
and protect the spirit of flying disc play where as partners rather than
opponents we compete against the limits of our own abilities rather than
each other, to encourage disc play throughout the world and to establish and
uphold a tournament standard for all flying disc competition worldwide.
In addition to Field events, of which MTA is one discipline, WFDF is
responsible for hosting World Championships and developing the Rules of the
Game for the following flying disc sports: Ultimate, Disc golf, Freestyle,
Guts and Double Disc Court. WFDF has member associations in 46 countries.
WFDF is a full member of both GAISF (General Association of International
Sports Federations) and IWGA (International World Games Association). WFDF
is also a signatory to the Wold Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code.
Anne-Marie Carey, Executive Director
Phone Int +1 (604) 876-9280
Phone Int +46 70 996 996 2
Astronaut Christer Fuglesang has a Swedish Championships MTA gold medal from 1978, his best disc golf merit is probably a 16th place in the Swedish Championships 1980. His sister, Agneta Fuglesang, also holds several Swedish championship titles in several flying disc sport events, including disc golf.