Friday, 21 May 2010
Two students from the University of Worcester will be competing in the WFDF World Ultimate Frisbee Club Championships in Prague this summer.
Clare Avenell, aged 27, from Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, and Adrian Link, 27, from Shrawley, Worcester, will be part of a team competing against more than 100 others from 30 different nations. The contest takes place from July 3-10.
Clare, a first year Sports Therapy student, began playing Ultimate Frisbee at the age of 15 for Headington School in Oxford and joined team BAF in 2003.
She said: “I really love the fact that Ultimate is so different. It combines athleticism and speed with skill and intelligence, and it is the only sport of its kind I know that you can play as a mixed team at the highest level.”
Adrian, a first year Sports Studies student, also coaches the Stourport Rhinos and initially joined team BAF to gain experience to pass onto his players.
He said: “I am excited as I have the opportunity to compete against the best teams and best players in the world, and I am hoping to take away as much as possible from this experience. Our goal this year is to become the highest ranked European team.”
Ultimate Frisbee is a fast-moving flying disc team sport sometimes compared to sports like football or American football, although uniquely, in Ultimate, there are no referees; games are umpired by the players themselves.
Ultimate Frisbee originated in American colleges in the 1960s where students would throw around pie dishes.
Clare and Adrian were awarded £300 each by the University of Worcester Scholarship Panel for assistance with travel costs to the competition.
The University of Worcester’s Scholarship Panel awards grants of up to £1,000 towards voluntary work or activities, to pursue a particular interest, i.e. music or arts, or towards course-related activities.
For more information on Ultimate and how to get involved visit www.ukultimate.com