An elementary school student passes the Frisbee off to his teammate during the rainy John Ryan Ultimate Frisbee tournament.

An elementary school student passes the Frisbee off to his teammate during the rainy John Ryan Ultimate Frisbee tournament.

Ultimate Frisbee for spinal research

On October 4 students from Vanderhoof's elementary schools came together to raise money for spinal cord injury research by playing Frisbee.

On Friday, October 4 students from Vanderhoof’s elementary schools came together to raise money for spinal cord injury research by playing frisbee.

The John Ryan Ultimate Frisbee tournament happens every fall in Vanderhoof, this year will be the 15th tournament hosted by McLeod.

John Ryan was a paraplegic who was cycling across Canada in 1999 to raise funds for spinal cord research on the Regeneration Tour. John was married to Penny McLeod, the daughter of Bill McLeod who the school honoured by naming themselves after him.

The organizers knew that wheelchair athletes played Ultimate Frisbee so the game was a perfect fit.

This year had ICORD representative, Peggy Assinck, who is in wheelchair herself, out to cheer on the students. ICORD is a spinal research centre, they have renamed a travel and research prize for Masters students the W.L McLeod Trainee Award.