“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style”. – Maya Angelou
‘Starting a letter with a quote, how original Keke’, was the first thing that ran through my mind when I started writing this welcome introduction. I don’t consider myself particularly loquacious when it comes to this sort of thing so I thought, why not have someone way smarter than me express my feelings about this sport called Ultimate Frisbee, and as usual Maya came through.
Hi, my name is Keketso Motjuwadi and I am the Gauteng Flying Disc Association (GFDA) Chairperson and it’s very nice to “meet” you. Whether it was a friend who told you to check out the site, a typo in your url, a curious mind or a food search gone wrong, I am grateful that you have arrived here and I promise not to waste your time…unless you don’t like funny quips, smile inducing memory sharing and a general warm, happy feeling around about your left chest vicinity.
So I guess I should tell you little about myself, well I was born on the rolling plains of Westeros, the only son of Daenerys and Oberyn Motjuwadi. Not really, I just wanted to make sure that you were still paying attention. In short I’ve been playing ultimate for over four years, in Cape Town and Johannesburg. I’ve played for many teams, including a two-time national champ ultimate club. I went to my first casual game because I knew someone I liked would be there and I ended up staying because of everyone else. Everyone else and this little round plastic invention we call a disc. The rest as they say is a long, narcissistic Facebook status update.
Ultimate Frisbee is more than anything you’ve heard. It’s more than a group of friends throwing a disc around, while enjoying some medical marijuana. It’s more than a very zealous dog jumping around on the beach and it’s more than I could accurately put into words. Ultimate Frisbee is one of the few sports that allow men and women to play together from a casual to highly competitive level. It is a self-refereed sport with its number one rule being an ethos of honesty and respect called Spirit of the Game. It can be played on almost any surface, in almost any weather any time of the year. Most importantly it is played by the most accepting, kind, crazy, funny, soul enriching collection of human beings you’ll find this side of the cosmos and we’re always looking for more people to love.
Gauteng Ultimate is no different. It’s comprised of people from all walks of life who just love Ultimate so darn much. No matter what brought them be it fitness, curiosity, a nagging friend, a crush, they all stayed because of the people. Don’t get me wrong, the sport is great but the people are what make it ultimate (sorry I just couldn’t resist).
I really could go on but I hope this simple introduction is enough to convince you to come down and see for yourself. In my capacity of as GFDA Chairperson, it is my goal to help ultimate in this region not only survive, but thrive and I shall do so with a lot of passion, compassion, humour and style…oh and dancing. Maya forgot dancing.
Yours in Ultimate.