Mary Lowry is one of the most important Freestylers of all time. Her efforts as a top-notch women’s Freestyler, as a mentor, and as an organizer is unmatched. Also, her incredible athleticism that helped her to become an elite Women’s Ultimate Captain and Player as well as a strong force in Frisbee Overall events only adds to her legacy.
There was never a time in Mary’s life where she was not fascinated by Frisbees. As a young girl, her Wham-O All-American frisbee was her constant companion. Performing skip shots on pavement in front of her home, or traveling through Europe as a High School Student Exchange Student, that disc was always with her. As a college student at the University of Southern Florida, she finally encountered some skilled players which set her on her trajectory towards greatness.
After moving to Seattle in 1978, she connected with the local Olympic Windjammers and dove deeper into her passion for Disc Sports. Her connection with Jeff Jorgenson would set her trajectory towards greatness. Her initial efforts in formal Frisbee Competitions was in the Overall format where she was a young dynamo, ripping out monster MTA throws. After seeing g rose, Suzanne Strait and Jane Englehardt at an NAS Vancouver tournament in 1979, she focused on her Freestyle play where she could combine her creative energies with her athleticism. She quickly rose to prominence. In time, future World Champions Lisa Hunrichs, Cindy St Mary, Sarah Bergman and Branda Savage all directly benefited from her patience, vision and joy-of-play. As the ‘Green Lake’ jam scene grew into full blossom, Mary was the physical and emotional center of that scene. That group would develop into the most influential group of Freestylers by the end of the 1990’s. And they continue to inspire to this day.
Also of note: Mary was inducted into the Ultimate Hall of Fame in 2017. She was also a Captain and member of the 1995 and 1997 WFDF Women’s World Ultimate Club Champion teams (Women on the Verge).
She also won the 2009 WFDF Overall Title.