A documentary following a top ranking amateur disc golfer on her road to become a professional athlete and taking home the Disc! Read more
This project was successfully funded on July 2, 2013.
About this project
It all started a year ago when I moved into the Animal House. A crazy house filled with 6 other people I didn't know. That is how I first met Colleen. Well really I just saw her in passing for the first few months. Because of her crazy hectic schedule my first impression of her came from her room. The walls were covered in frisbees. Colors of all kind spiraling out from the center. I was told she was the best and I remember thinking, "Disc Golfing?"
She balances a lot in her life between going to school, an almost full time job as a floor lead at Pot Belly's, Disk Golfing, her boyfriend, and oh yeah a crazy thing called free time. I had only heard of disc golf because an old room-mate of mine liked to play on his off time for fun. I had no idea the kind of level of players were out there and that I lived in the house of a champion!
My favorite thing about Colleen is how genuinely kind she is. Getting to know her; it was easy building a friendship. She loves disc golfing with a passion and on top of that she is really good at it. I watched her come home from tournament after tournament with trophy after trophy. I heard her friends and others go on and on about how this girl was special to the world of the disc and that she was going to rise to the top! Her story fascinated me because her life is unbelievably busy and at times very difficult and stressful. Yet she always manages to have a kind word to say and KILL at disc golf.
The year that I spent as her room-mate I found myself saying over and over again that her story would make the perfect documentary. A lot of people have no idea what disc golf is in general, let alone in the professional field. But more importantly I discovered that despite her outrageous talents and love for the sport men were still getting all of the attention at tournaments.
It blows my mind that even in an up and coming sport like Disc Golfing that women's divisions are not nearly as popular as the men's. She has played in tournaments along side men where the men's divisions were televised and the women's were not. When she won first place at the collegiate she wasn't even featured on the front page of their website like the men's division winners were.
I wanted to follow her story and show the world all about her favorite sport. Her successes and struggles to the top. And show some amazing women having a good time just throwing the disc!
Last year Colleen competed in the Amateur Worlds Disc Golf Competition. While her rank puts her in the top. Unfortunately one bad round kicked her out of the top four. It was a harsh blow to the at the time 20 year old golfer (to which she is still a bit salty about). Because not only did she miss the title, she missed out on another opportunity. Because winning first place at Amateur Worlds automatically qualifies you for the Professional Worlds Disc Gold Competition the following month. Thus excelling you to the prestigious rank of professional disc golfer.
Since then she has been training harder than every before and is ready to come back with vengeance! Follow Colleen's story as she in works to make her dream come true. Winning the Amateur worlds title and becoming the dream: A Professional Golfer.
I have been following Colleen as she trains, casual competitions, tournaments, and beyond. It always amazes me how despite such a crazy busy life she still finds time to get some disc in. And it amazes me even further that she just keeps winning. Bringing home the national collegiate disc 1st place title and yet another giant gold basket. Ranking her as the number 1 collegiate female disc golfer in the country and 15 in the world!
This year Colleen is ready to reclaim her losses from last years Amateur Worlds. And boy is she ready! It all comes down to this tournament. Let's show the world what a girl can really do!
Does she have what it takes to bring home the gold and secure her spot in the ranks of professional athleticism?
What we will do with your donations?
While Colleen sponsors have covered the cost Amateur Tournament entrance fees. We don't have the costs of travel, hotels, and food taken care of. We would be so grateful if we could get our gas covered for the trip. Any donations help but if we were able to raise even more it would be so awesome.
We have a 1000 mile trip round way ahead of us so we are going to need at least two tanks of gas there and back.
The tournament lasts 7 days. 2 days for prep and 5 days for actual tournament competition. We will need food to keep our athlete at her best. But also for myself so I don't starve while I film.
The hotel will be the most expensive of the adventure. We are really hoping to raise more than our goal so we can afford to stay some place with four walls, a soft bed and a safe locking door. Please help make this a reality!
Our total costs of the trip will actually be about $730 to make it all possible. Please share our link with everyone you can! Even just $1 makes a world of difference. Please help us make our dreams a reality!
Risks and challenges
On big challenge with filming on the road is you never know what can happen. Anything can happen on the road during that 8 hour drive to the competition. But we are savy girls with determination. (Not to mention a little AAA). This competition means the world to us and no matter what we have to face on the road we are going to get there if it means walking!
With all the training Colleen has been doing to prepare for the event it is also possible that she could stress out her arm or get injured. While this is something that we would never want to happen. Injuries and physical set backs is a fact of life for athletes. While not likely unfortunately there is a possibility that something could go wrong making it impossible for her to compete. The awesome thing about Colleen is that she doesn't give up. If something happens and she can't compete due to something as horrible as an injury she wont let that keep her down. I will continue to follow her story and we are going to kill it at the following years competition. Can't keep a good girl down!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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$1 donations are a great and cheap way to send your support and get us more backers! Don't worry we won't leave you empty handed because even with just $1 we will send you some awesome Disc stickers! Spread your love for the Disc!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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We have awesome mini discs made straight from Colleen just for you! Now you can practice the love of disc golfing anywhere!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Colleen loves taking photos while she is out on the courses. She has taken some really beautiful pictures over the years. Let us send you an awesome signed photo straight from Miss Thompson herself!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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With a $10 you can't lose! Because on top of all your other amazing rewards we are going to send you a killer hat to boot! Be the envy of all your golfing friends. Take home your very own golfing hat! It is great for bad hair days, or those sunny days on the course.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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For the great price of $20 we will send you the official copy of Disc: The Colleen Thompson Story! Follow along with us on her journey through the crazy world of Disc Golfing. Sure to be a favorite for your weekly movie nights! Or maybe you just want to spread the word about the wonderful world of the Disc! (Or maybe you think this is a fascinating world and would like to learn more about it! Anyway you put it this is a sound investment of your time and money!) (Perhaps you are an athlete wanting to explore how other athletes in different fields live and play their sport if only for mere hours!)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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On top of Colleen's serious Disc Golfing abilities, she is also an amazing visual artist. Take home your very own hand painted mini disc. The disc may be pint size but this magical art will fill your heart with boatloads of joy! Hand painted just for you by our favorite Colleen Thompson!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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An awesome Mission Range Driver! These drivers were won by Colleen during her collegiate tournament last year. Now you too can learn play like a pro!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Colleen won these Flying Squirrel discs a few years ago in a doubles competition. They are some of her favorite drivers and soon they can be yours too!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Our top disc on our rewards list! The Bee Line long range driver is her top winning disc. The exact disc that Colleen used to win her distance competition last year at Amateur Worlds! Now you too can throw like a professional! Make a Bee Line for the Basket with these Bee Line dics!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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We have our very own custom-made Tie Dye disc tee! Over the years Colleen has been very into the arts of tie dye and we want to make you a little something special. Let the colors fly across your shirt like a disc flies to the basket! You won't want to miss out on these awesome Disc tee's!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Take on the magical art of Colleen with a full sized hand painted disc. Hang this beauty on your wall and let the world admire the clever canvas and the beautiful designs. With your custom Colleen Thompson hand painted full sized Disc! (An unique piece of art that showcases both your love of the disc and original art, you aren't likely to find art like this anywhere else!)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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For our top donations we have something very special for you! The official Colleen Signature Performance Polo! This is her one of a kind official signature polo! Great just to wear in it's own right! But perfect for those awesome days on the course when you just wanna play some disc! Where it to your next tournament and support your number one player! They come in all sizes so we got one that is just for you! These custom sleek Thompson polos are sure to make your game look good! (For when you want to look and play like a professional!)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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