Kailash Sanjivi, locally born and raised in Nelson, BC, just turned 14 years old and has been invited to the Disc Golf Junior World's in Emporia, Kansas. Kailash is the only kid from Canada in his age division, and he will be representing our country with the best players from around the world.
Kailash has won the last 4 consecutive events he's competed at in the Men's Intermediate and Advanced divisions (that's right, he competes with grown men). Since he was young, he has only ever played with adults. This would be his first time competing with other kids his own age at a competitive level.
Kailash was chosen by Eagle Wings Disc Golf, along with only 6 other kids in North America with major potential and also making a difference in their local community for disc golf. This was also the first time a kid from Canada had been recognized for his achievements. He currently sits on the board for the Nelson Disc Golf Society and has presented our proposal to the Nelson City Council for a future Disc Golf course in Nelson.
For the last 2 years, we have had to travel 3 hours to Spokane, Washington which has been our closest disc golf community, with more than one course, to practice and compete in tournaments. I would like to give a big shout out to the Inland Northwest Flyers for their continued support! We could not have done it without you!
When we travel to play in tournaments, people ask what our home course is, and he we tell them that we have one over an hour away that has snow on it for almost 6 months of the year. People ask how he got so good, to which he replies modestly "I have a basket in my backyard that I practice putt on, and I go down to the soccer field and throw there". No local disc golf community, no local mentors or coaching, just pure dedication and YouTube. Lol
This is a 5 day tournament and we are going down 6 days earlier to practice the 3 courses being played on. It's 3 days of driving (8 hrs/day) each way! That's 17 days of travel total.