Ultra Throw Holds First AGM

Left to right: Frances Steinfeld, John Hodgson, Dave McDonald, Jody Cranston (standing), Dave Ulis (standing), Robbin Whachell, Harnek Toor, Andrew Natale, Scot Henney, Gabriella Moro, Lori Graham, and Owen Wong.

Left to right: Frances Steinfeld, John Hodgson, Dave McDonald, Jody Cranston (standing), Dave Ulis (standing), Robbin Whachell, Harnek Toor, Andrew Natale, Scot Henney, Gabriella Moro, Lori Graham, and Owen Wong.

Our first AGM was held on September 11th, 2016 at Bear Creek Pub in Surrey.

Dave McDonald, 2006 Ultra Throw Club President, presented an Overview for 2015-2016:

"It has been a great first year for Ultra and our members. There have been many records set; but more importantly, we have established ourselves as a group of individuals whose love of throwing is only over shadowed by our willingness to help, motivate and support each other and our competition. I may be a bit prejudiced, but throwers are the best. Staying healthy, having fun and throwing as far as possible is a great set of priorities to adhere to. Staying healthy is quite often the hardest part. Enough said.

"From our humble beginnings of 5 individuals willing to put their names forward so that we could register as a non-profit society; we are now 20 members strong. We have achieved this without any membership drive, media promotion or advertising. Pretty impressive! I am extremely grateful to each and every member for choosing to join Ultra Throw. Looking forward to seeing what 2017 and the remainder of 2016 have in store for us.

"Starting up a throwing club was not an inexpensive endeavor. Equipment is not cheap, but it was essential to make sure we had at least one implement for every age grouping in each specific throwing event. We achieved this goal through generous donations and sponsorships; a total of $6,777 for our first year! Thanks goes to our 1st corporate sponsor, Desert Hills Estate Winery. In addition, many of our members have purchased their own throwing equipment, which has helped immensely.

"Hosting our first ‘Masters Throws Fest’ in August was a great success. A big thank you goes out to Ocean Athletics for mentoring me through the process of ‘hoops and everything else’ that needed to get done to have our meet ‘sanctioned’. There were a few ‘snags’ in the scheduling, but they were very small in comparison to the multitude of positive complements expressed by the participants. Should we hold another one in early November? We shall see. I have secured three dates on the BC Athletics calendar to host similar ‘Throws Fests’ in 2017. On the tentative calendar of events we have the following dates set aside: April 2nd (Spring Fling), August 17th (Summer Fling), and October 22nd (Fall Fling). My expectation is that we will offer all 6 individual throwing events, the weight pentathlon and the Ultra Weight Pentathlon (you thought the super weight was heavy!). More details later.

"The last part of my report goes to addressing one of the items on the AGM Agenda so that it can speed up the proceedings when we meet. Thanking the outgoing Executive. The original five: Jody Cranston, Gabriella Moro, Dave Ulis, Reidar Zapf- Gilje and myself are the founders and will always be known as the 1st Directors of Ultra Throw. Without these individuals, there would be no club. It was unfortunate that a series of events happened that a few of the original directors needed to be replaced. Seeking assistance, the response from our small membership was outstanding. My thanks to the following individuals who stepped up to fill the vacancies: John Hodgson, Frances Steinfeld and Harnek Toor. More members offered to step forward and I was very appreciative. Again, throwers are the best!"