Yesterday The Catshack Reports published our interview with film makers Michael DeChant and Doug Gritzmacher. Their film “Soldiers of Paint” was a major undertaking, the next logical step would be to examine the film and its contents.
A recent post on social networking site “Facebook” really caught the Catshack’s attention. The substance of the message got me thinking and thinking hard. “Paintball …it”s not just a game, its a lifestyle” Certainly for many of us in the community this rings true. At what point however does it become obsessive, or obsessive compulsive even?
Defcon Paintball is no stranger to the paintball community here in Ontario and more specifically the Greater Toronto Area. The field formerly located in Downsview Park, Toronto was forced to change location earlier this season by request of Downsview’s current land owner. As such the new location has opened only months on the heels of other field closures in these tough economic times, making it a very welcome addition to the paintball fields of Ontario.
Miss Catshack 2013, Kate Peer is a solid baller who enjoys the game and has become very involved with the community in the region in which she lives. To learn a little more about Kate, The Catshack Reports caught up to her at the recent CXBL tournament at Flag Raiders Paintball in Kitchener ON. Kate was present to help out Drummondville Daytona of the Elite Division in their pits.
First off this year’s Miss Catshack Contest was to a certain extent a success!. With over 125 000 views, our intent to show the world that women do indeed play paintball was realized. Our annual Miss Catshack contest has always been about the positive promotion of paintball and also to focus and grow the minority of women that pick up a paintball marker and play the game. Over the past couple of seasons I can honestly say I am seeing more and more women amongst us, anyone can paintball!
Jonathan Staaz met Tony Macias several months ago on Facebook. He was intrigued by his posts of playing the games he hopes to play someday, Living Legends and so forth. His profile picture is himself standing next to Mark “Mr. H.” Kressin. Jonathan knew nothing of his abilities or what he does outside of paintball. He just started talking with him more in text messages as he was interested buying some of his gear. Jonathan was amazed when he shared part of his story on social networking. Jonathan was more than amazed; he was moved, inspired, proud to know this kid. In the real world Jonathan has been involved in Special Education as a teacher for over 15 years. He has taught the “bad” kids, the kids with social/emotional difficulties that just don’t fit in or don’t want to fit in, gang bangers, alcoholic/drug dependent kids, sex offenders/offended, Autism, kids with all kinds of learning disabilities…
Tom Vignato, owner of Fields of Fire Mystic doesn’t have much of a paintball background. Now 44 years of age, he has played paintball maybe a half dozen times in his life prior to opening the new field. He made the decision to open the field due to the circumstances of his personal situation.