Ul­ti­mate chal­lenge for WA

Joondalup Weekender - - Sport -

ABOUT 400 of the coun­try’s best Ul­ti­mate play­ers will be com­pet­ing in the Aus­tralian Un­der 22 Ul­ti­mate Cham­pi­onships, which will be held at Ash­field Re­serve for the first time.

It is also the first time WA has won the bid to host the cham­pi­onships, de­spite host­ing sev­eral other na­tional and in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments, in­clud­ing the World Fly­ing Disc Fed­er­a­tion Un­der 24 Ul­ti­mate Cham­pi­onships in Jan­uary.

Ul­ti­mate is a team sport that uses a fly­ing disc and re­quires play­ers to make their own um­pir­ing calls and dis­cuss any vi­o­la­tions.

Aus­tralia is ranked fourth in the world.

“It is the first time we have used this venue and as a sport with rapidly grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity in Aus­tralia, we are al­ways search­ing for venues that meet our needs,” tour­na­ment di­rec­tor Ellen Shack­les said.

“Be­ing lo­cated along Guild­ford Road will al­low the event to be highly vis­i­ble and be­ing lo­cated next to the train sta­tion will also help our in­ter­state com­peti­tors to travel eas­ily to the venue from their ac­com­mo­da­tion.”

Ms Shack­les said she was ex­pect­ing 18 teams com­pris­ing men, women and mixed teams, along with 30 vol­un­teers at the event.

“The WA ath­letes are quite strong, with many of the play­ers rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia in the re­cent World U20 Cham­pi­onships in Canada,” she said.

“Many of the coach­ing staff for the WA teams have ex­pe­ri­ence ei­ther play­ing and/or coach­ing at the in­ter­na­tional level.”

She said lo­cal pri­mary schools would be in­vited to at­tend and ad­mis­sion was free for spec­ta­tors.

She ex­pected between 100 and 300 spec­ta­tors at the cham­pi­onships, which will run from Novem­ber 23 to 25.

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