Catch a first game

Fee waiver knock­back

Eastern Reporter - - Front Page - Kristie Lim

ABOUT 400 of the coun­try’s best Ul­ti­mate play­ers will com­pete in the Aus­tralian Un­der 22 Ul­ti­mate Cham­pi­onships at Ash­field Re­serve for the first time.

It is also the first time WA has won the bid to host the cham­pi­onships, de­spite host­ing 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 um­pir­ing calls.

Aus­tralia is cur­rently ranked fourth in the world.

An ap­pli­ca­tion to waive the $450 venue hire fee failed last month at Bassendean Coun­cil.

At the meet­ing, Mayor Re­nee McLen­nan said she could not sup­port the “pick­ing and choos­ing” of com­mu­nity groups to have fees ex­empted.

She also said the cham­pi­onship was a “won­der­ful” event and she wished the or­gan­is­ers well.

Tour­na­ment direc­tor and Lock­ridge res­i­dent Ellen Shack­les said de­spite the set­back, the event would go ahead.

“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,” she 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.”

Sup­port­ing the Town of Bassendean’s fo­cus on sus­tain­abil­ity, Ms Shack­les said the sale of bot­tled wa­ter and plas­tic straws would be banned, and waste sta­tions for re­cy­cled and com­postable foods would be used.

The or­gan­is­ers will also use biodegrad­able plates and cups, and pro­mote the use of pub­lic trans­port.

Ms Shack­les said she was ex­pect­ing 18 teams con­sist­ing of 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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