One of the most iconic player-manufacturer duos is splitting apart.
January 7, 2023 by Charlie Eisenhood in News with comments
After 10 years sponsored by Discmania, Simon Lizotte won’t be wearing the shield in 2023.
In an emotional announcement video on YouTube, Simon addressed widespread rumors that he was going to leave Discmania and confirmed that they were true:
Lizotte said that he was ready for a change. “I started liking the idea of something different and a fresh start,” said Lizotte.
“If you had asked me three months ago what the odds are of leaving Discmania, I would have said, ‘Discmania for life, baby!’” said Lizotte. “And I’m totally OK with that. I would have been totally OK with that. But after this crazy season I had, I guess it was just a matter of time until someone reached out and made me an offer. And that happened.”
Lizotte did not disclose who his new sponsor will be, but he did say that ultimately the decision was not a financial one. Discmania made a significant counteroffer but Lizotte decided he was ready for a new chapter.
“The ride has been an enjoyable one,” Discmania wrote in a statement. “A journey of a lifetime. It has been great to watch Simon grow up. He started out his career in Team Discmania as a road warrior in the Discmania RV and finishes it as a family man with his own home in Massachusetts. Simon will forever be a part of the Discmania family. This relationship has really allowed both Simon, and Discmania to reach new heights. He will forever be a part of our company’s story, and we will forever be a part of his.”
Lizotte had become synonymous with Discmania, featuring heavily in the company’s branding. He has long been one of the most popular pro disc golfers, and he reached new competitive highs in 2022, winning four Elite Series events.
An announcement about his new disc sponsor is expected in the coming weeks.