The World Flying Disc Federation (“WFDF”) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has appointed Charlie Mead of the United Kingdom as new WFDF Disc Golf Committee chair and Board member. The appointment comes as a replacement for outgoing Disc Golf Committee chair Michael Downes who stepped down from the position after the Professional Disc Golf Association (“PDGA”) terminated its memorandum of understanding and membership with WFDF effective 29 February 2016.
“WFDF has appointed Charlie Mead as Committee chair as the first step is reconstituting WFDF’s Disc Golf efforts. Mead has a long history of involvement with WFDF governance and tournament organization, having served as WFDF’s first President and as Ultimate Committee chair, as well as acting as Tournament Director for several WFDF World Championships. This background, together with his playing experience and significant involvement with PDGA events, provides him with a perspective that will serve him well in the position,” stated WFDF President Robert “Nob” Rauch. “His first tasks will be to reform the Committee with representatives of WFDF member associations who oversee disc golf in their respective countries and to ensure that the World Team Disc Golf Championship which will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on 18-21 August 2016 that is being jointly hosted by WFDF and PDGA will be successful. We are hopeful that the new Committee will be able to provide the strategic direction to WFDF’s board so that we may better serve the global community in the promotion and development of Disc Golf than we have in the past.”
Charlie Mead has rich experience as a player, administrator, and tournament organizer of all disc sports since 1980. He has held World Overall titles, and European and British Titles in Disc Golf in Open, Master, Grand Master and Senior Grand Master Divisions, and he was awarded the Steady Ed Headrick Trophy for representing and developing Disc Golf in 2013. Still active, for 2016 he was elected Captain of the GB Team for the European Disc Golf Championships in Oulu, Finland. He was also a member of the Great Britain National Ultimate Team from 1982-1991 in the Open and Masters’ Divisions. Charlie was the first UK Flying Disc President (1981), first European Flying Disc Federation President (1982), first WFDF President (1985- 1989), Chair of the WFDF Ultimate Committee and Board member (1994-2002), and he is currently International Coordinator for the British Disc Golf Association (BDGA). Charlie was the Tournament Director for the WFDF Overall Championships in Colchester in 1989; EFDF and European Disc Golf Championships in 1982, 1983, 1985, and 2012, and for numerous PDGA A, B, and C Tour events in GB from 2001-2016. He was the TD for WFDF World Ultimate Championships in 1986, 1994, 1995, and 1999, and Technical TD for WFDF’s events in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, and 2002. Outside of his disc career, Charlie is currently an independent consultant providing localized community-based psychological support to children in need. He received a BA (Hons) from Keele University, and M. Ed degrees in both Child Psychology and Educational Psychology from Birmingham University. Charlie lives with partner Maggi and their sheep, pigs and dogs on their farm in Devon, UK.