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WFDF and PDGA

Post by Charlie Mead » Sat Jan 30, 2016 5:22 pm

Dear BDGA members and Forum readers and contributors,

Please see the message below from the PDGA Board about the severance of relationships between PDGA and WFDF in regards to joint ventures and the International development of disc golf. As a founding member of WFDF and its first President I am disappointed at this separation and I will be looking for further explanations from the PDGA Board as to their rationale. An immediate impact will be to remove Disc Golf from the Olympic arena as it is WFDF that is affiliated to the IOC not the PDGA. This may mean that BDGA will have to affiliate to both PDGA and WFDF in order to gain access to funds and influence. This may have an impact on our abilty to leverage funding from British Olympic Committee and associated Lottery funding.

I wil pass on more information as I get it and as the fallout is seen by others outside of the PDGA set up.

Charlie Mead

To the PDGA Country Coordinators and National Association Partners

Please be advised that, after much consideration, the PDGA, which is the global governing body for the sport of disc golf, has today informed WFDF of our intention to withdraw from WFDF membership. This decision was made because the PDGA Board and staff have come to the conclusion that the development of international disc golf can be more effectively pursued by the PDGA, operating as an independent organization focusing exclusively on disc golf, rather than as an organizational member of WFDF.

PDGA looks forward to working collaboratively with WFDF in the future on issues and activities that are of mutual benefit to both organizations and flying disc sports. PDGA also remains committed to delivering on its responsibilities in regards to the jointly-sanctioned 2016 World Team Disc Golf Championships event.

For those countries whose National Disc Golf or Disc Sports Association is also a member of WFDF, this means that your relations with PDGA will be entirely separate from your relations with WFDF. This includes PDGA memberships, events, finances, and all other activities of the PDGA International Program. It also extends to the envisioned and formalized restructuring of PDGA into a global body with continental arms which is a longer term project set to begin in 2016.

To this end PDGA will also be undertaking a slight rewrite of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with its affiliated National Association partners that was distributed to you in 2015 and that many of you have already signed. Copies of the revised MOU will be sent to all of you shortly.

Regards and thanks

Brian Graham Brian Hoeniger Dan “Stork” Roddick
Executive Director International Director Special Projects Director
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Re: WFDF and PDGA

Post by bruce » Sat Jan 30, 2016 5:43 pm

I'm not surprised, WFDF has shown virtually no inclination to promote disc golf, they frankly might as well rebrand as the World Ultimate Federation from what I can see.
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Re: WFDF and PDGA

Post by robbnot » Sat Jan 30, 2016 9:00 pm

This doesn't look good
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Re: WFDF and PDGA

Post by seamus » Sun Jan 31, 2016 10:13 am

Also not surprised.
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Re: WFDF and PDGA

Post by bruce » Sun Jan 31, 2016 12:02 pm

robbnot wrote:This doesn't look good
FYI the PDGA only reaffiliated with WFDF a couple of years ago, and the BDGA ceased their affiliation many years ago when they wanted to charge us about half our membership fee for the privilege. I am in no way concerned by this development
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WFDF Appoints Charlie Mead as Chair of Disc Golf Committee

Post by Charlie Mead » Sun Mar 27, 2016 6:46 am

Really proud to have been appointed as WFDF Disc Golf Committtee Chair and Board member.

Press release

WFDF appoints Charlie Mead as Disc Golf Committee chair and Board member
25 March 2016
The World Flying Disc Federation (“WFDF”) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has appointed Charlie Mead of the United Kingdom as new WFDF Disc Golf Committee chair and Board member. The appointment comes as a replacement for outgoing Disc Golf Committee chair Michael Downes who stepped down from the position after the Professional Disc Golf Association (“PDGA”) terminated its memorandum of understanding and membership with WFDF effective 29 February 2016.
“WFDF has appointed Charlie Mead as Committee chair as the first step is reconstituting WFDF’s Disc Golf efforts. Mead has a long history of involvement with WFDF governance and tournament organization, having served as WFDF’s first President and as Ultimate Committee chair, as well as acting as Tournament Director for several WFDF World Championships. This background, together with his playing experience and significant involvement with PDGA events, provides him with a perspective that will serve him well in the position,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “His first tasks will be to reform the Committee with representatives of WFDF member associations who oversee disc golf in their respective countries and to ensure that the World Team Disc Golf Championship which will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on 18-21 August 2016 that is being jointly hosted by WFDF and PDGA will be successful. We are hopeful that the new Committee will be able to provide the strategic direction to WFDF’s board so that we may better serve the global community in the promotion and development of Disc Golf than we have in the past.”
Charlie Mead has rich experience as a player, administrator, and tournament organizer of all disc sports since 1980. He has held World Overall titles, and European and British Titles in Disc Golf in Open, Master, Grand Master and Senior Grand Master Divisions, and he was awarded the Steady Ed Headrick Trophy for representing and developing Disc Golf in 2013. Still active, for 2016 he was elected Captain of the GB Team for the European Disc Golf Championships in Oulu, Finland. He was also a member of the Great Britain National Ultimate Team from 1982-1991 in the Open and Masters’ Divisions. Charlie was the first UK Flying Disc President (1981), first European Flying Disc Federation President (1982), first WFDF President (1985- 1989), Chair of the WFDF Ultimate Committee and Board member (1994-2002), and he is currently International Coordinator for the British Disc Golf Association (BDGA). Charlie was the Tournament Director for the WFDF Overall Championships in Colchester in 1989; EFDF and European Disc Golf Championships in 1982, 1983, 1985, and 2012, and for numerous PDGA A, B, and C Tour events in GB from 2001-2016. He was the TD for WFDF World Ultimate Championships in 1986, 1994, 1995, and 1999, and Technical TD for WFDF’s events in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, and 2002. Outside of his disc career, Charlie is currently an independent consultant providing localized community-based psychological support to children in need. He received a BA (Hons) from Keele University, and M. Ed degrees in both Child Psychology and Educational Psychology from Birmingham University. Charlie lives with partner Maggi and their sheep, pigs and dogs on their farm in Devon, UK.
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