Ken Westerfield is a pioneering Frisbee disc player. In the 1960s, as numbers of young people became alienated from social norms, they resisted and looked for alternatives. They formed what became known as the counterculture. The forms of escape and resistance manifest in many ways including social activism, alternative lifestyles, experimental living through foods, dress, music and alternative recreational activities, including that of throwing a Frisbee. Organized disc sports, began in the 1970s, with promotional efforts from Wham-O and Irwin Toy, a few tournaments and professionals using Frisbee show tours to perform at universities, fairs and sporting events. Disc sports such as freestyle, double disc court, guts, ultimate and disc golf became this sports first events. The team sport of disc ultimate and disc golf are popular worldwide and are now played semi-professionally.
|Country:||Canada and the United States|
|Sport:||Disc sports (Frisbee)|
|Event(s):||Freestyle, ultimate, disc golf, double disc court, distance and overall events (TRC, MTA, and accuracy)|
About Ken Westerfield
During the 1960s, this counterculture figure rose to fame as a competitive Frisbee player. In the early 1970s, he helped produce and subsequently won the very first Canadian Open Frisbee Championships.
Ken Westerfield Before Fame
While attending Franklin High School in Michigan, he became friends with pioneering Frisbee player Jim Kenner.
Achievement of Ken Westerfield
In the mid 1970s, he became a member of the Disc Golf Hall of Fame and was the recipient of a Decade Award for Best Men's Freestyle Frisbee Player.
Ken Westerfield Family Life
He and his sister, Kathy, grew up in Detroit and Livonia, Michigan, as the children of Gene Conrad and Margaret Beach. In his early twenties, he settled in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Associations of Ken Westerfield
He and Brodie Smith are both notable professional Frisbee players.
Information related to Ken Westerfield
- Disc golf - Disc golf is a flying disc sport in which players throw a disc at a target; it is played using rules similar to golf. It is usually played on a course with 9 or 18 holes.
- Flying disc freestyle - Flying disc freestyle, also known as freestyle Frisbee in reference to the trademarked brand name, is a sport and performing art characterized by creative, acrobatic, and athletic maneuvers with a flying disc.
- Flying disc techniques
- Ultimate (sport) - Ultimate, also and originally known as ultimate Frisbee, is a low-contact team sport played with a flying disc. Ultimate was developed in 1968 by a group of students at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey.
- Ultimate (sport) players
- American disc golfers
- Flying disc
- Sportspeople from Livonia, Michigan
- Sportspeople from Santa Cruz, California
- American sportsmen