As far as I know nothing else like this is going on, but it should be. The Disc Cellar is creating some AWARDS! Disc Golfer of the Year! This is year 1, so we’ll see how it goes. We will accept nominations via comments, email, Facebook and Twitter until January 21st, with the aim of having the list of Disc Golfers finalized shortly thereafter and having voting end mid-February-ish.
So yeah, it’s a little bit of a people’s choice award, the proposed categories are:
- Professional Disc Golfer of the Year (BC) – ungendered
- Professional Women’s Disc Golfer of the Year (BC) – gendered
- Amateur Disc Golfer of the Year (BC) – ungendered
- Amateur Women’s Disc Golfer of the Year (BC) – gendered
- Junior Disc Golfer of the Year (BC) – ungendered
- Disc Golf Volunteer of the Year (BC) – ungendered
- Disc Golf Tournament Director of the Year (BC) – ungendered
- Canadian Disc Golfer of the Year – ungendered
- Canadian Amateur Disc Golfer of the Year – ungendered
- Canadian Disc Golf Artist of the Year – ungendered
Aside from the honour of being chosen, each BC award recipient will receive a $25 Disc Cellar Gift Certificate, each Canadian award recipient will receive a $15 Disc Cellar Gift Certificate.
Bragging rights only categories:
- Canadian Disc Golf Club of the Year
- Disc Golf Course of the Year (BC)
- Disc Golf Course of the Year (Canada)
- Tournament Layout of the Year (BC)
- Tournament Layout of the Year (Canada)
- Sponsor of the Year (BC)
- Sponsor of the Year (Canada)
These awards and nominations are largely arbitrary, but hopefully it will be fun. You can nominate people based on their contribution to the sport, their performance, club development, course development, advocacy, etc…
When nominating, you must include: who you are nominating and which category(ies) you are nominating them for. You can nominate yourself. It also is probably a little helpful if you explain why you’re nominating them, but it’s definitely not required.
Obviously in the more specific categories their achievements should be related to the category.
- Can I nominate myself? Yes.
- Is there a residency or citizenship requirement? Nope, if a Canadian living abroad or a non-Canadian happens to have made the biggest impact in a category they are fair game.
- Why are the BC awards bigger? Mostly because we have more confidence that these will be “accurate”.
- Is this just a popularity contest? Maybe, we’ll get the nominations, and then present a list of people to vote for. Those people if they choose can campaign. That said, the final winner will not be determined by vote total alone.
- The final winner will not be determined by vote total alone? That’s right.
- What kind of mumbo jumbo is that? Let’s call it wiggle room, this is a new thing, new process, etc… so if it seems somehow as though the awards have been corrupted or a truly undeserving person would win, we reserve the right to make adjustments. We don’t expect to need to make them, but that’s the fine print.
- This seems like a good idea, can I join as a sponsor? Sure, happy to have other people/businesses contribute to the prize pool. Feel free to sponsor one or all categories in whatever way you can.
- Can the same person win multiple awards? Only if they’re that awesome! So yes.
- Why is the Disc Cellar doing this? Because we can, and someone should.
- I have a great idea for another category? Sure go ahead and suggest it.
- Is this timeline set in stone? Nope. If we encounter problems during the process, we’ll adjust timelines as necessary.
- How will the voting work? With buttons of some sort I expect. Depending on the number of qualified nominees, it might be as simple as picking one person per category. If we get a lot of nominees, we may adopt some sort of bracket based voting system for that category.
- How can I help? Nominate someone, or promote the awards to your Disc Golf community so their either nominate or vote.