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The 18th Annual
WORLD FOOTBAG CHAMPIONSHIPS
Coming Full Circle: The Return to Oregon
The Sole Purpose Footbag Club of Portland, Oregon is proud to host the most prestigious footbag event of the year: The World Footbag Championships! Pledges from the tournament will benefit the Oregon Special Olympics.
From August 11th to 17th, 1997, top athletes from around the globe will compete in nine footbag events; Singles Net, Doubles Net, Mixed Doubles Net, Singles Freestyle, Doubles Freestyle, Mixed Doubles Freestyle, Five Minute Timed Consecutives, Golf, and Doubles Distance One Pass. The competition will be held in several venues, including the PGE World Trade Center Courtyard and also Tom McCall Waterfront Park, in conjunction with "The Bite, A Taste Festival of Portland."
Please see the website for detailed information.
Footbag is... (Spikes, Stomping Legovers & Calves of Steel!)
The aerial jousting of footbag net will shock and enthrall the crowds at "The Bite" at Waterfront Park. This sport is most easily described as a cross between tennis and beach volleyball, played on a badminton-sized court, over a five foot net using only the feet! Meanwhile, at the World Trade Center, footbag freestyle competitors will perform their riveting, acrobatic art. This combination of fluid gymnastic skill and musical interpretation reaches its pinnacle of expertise in world class competition. Top kickers spend hundreds of hours perfecting their choreographed routines for this event. Also, one of the most familiar and oldest footbag challenges, footbag consecutives, will bring its tests of endurance and speed into the spotlight. The record to beat this year is 1,019 kicks in five minutes! (For a complete list of official world records, see <http://www.footbag.org/faq/records.html>.
...A GROWING INTERNATIONAL SPORT!1997 marks the 25th Anniversary of the invention of footbag. The first footbag, called "Hacky Sack(R)" was invented in Oregon in 1972, by John Stalberger and Mike Marshall, as a tool to help rehabilitate an old sports injury. Today, footbags are used in a variety of different competitive and cooperative sports. There are presently over 250 footbag clubs in 20 countries worldwide, and active membership in the World Footbag Association is over 40,000!
For more information...Worlds 1997 Organizing Committee
Voice: 503-236-0939 * FAX: 503-236-1981 * Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
World Footbag Association
Voice: 800-878-8797 * FAX: 970-870-2846 * Email: email@example.com
Or see the following resources on the web:
18th Annual World Footbag Championships Schedule of Events Monday, August 11, 1997 1:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies @ Westmoreland Park - S.E. McLoughlin & Bybee, Portland 2:00 p.m. World Record attempts 5-Minute Timed Footbag Consecutive Tuesday, August 12, 1997 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Singles Footbag Net @ Westmoreland Park Wednesday, August 13, 1997 8:00 a.m. - 8 p.m. First round of Footbag Freestyle @ Boys & Girls Club - S.E. Milwaukie & S.E. Ogden Thursday, August 14, 1997 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Doubles Footbag Net @ Westmoreland Park 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Second round of Footbag Freestyle @ Boys & Girls Club Friday, August 15, 1997 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Doubles Footbag Net @ Westmoreland Park 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Footbag Freestyle Demonstrations @ Waterfront Park/The Bite Festival 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Doubles Footbag Net @ Waterfront Park 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Final Round of Footbag Freestyle @ World Trade Center, Salmon & Front Streets Saturday, August 16, 1997 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Semi-Finals Singles & Doubles Footbag Net @ Waterfront Park/The Bite Festival Sunday, August 17, 1997 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Worlds Booth and Museum Open @ Tom McCall Waterfront Park/The Bite Festival 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Open, Women's & Mixed Doubles Footbag Net Finals