A range of UWA students and UWA Ultimate Club members have been selected for the upcoming Australian Under-22 Ultimate Championships, held in Sydney from 24-26 November 2017. The competition has a state representative structure for players 22 years of age and younger.
Amongst the team is UWA athlete and master’s student Jodie Palmer, who has been selected as a coach. Jodie made her first Australian team appearance at the World Junior Ultimate Championships in Germany in 2010.
Since then, Jodie has represented Australia on multiple occasions, as well as being named Head Coach of the Australian Mixed Beach Team earlier this year. In 2016, Jodie travelled to London to compete for Australia in The Ultimate World Championships.
Alongside Jodie as a coach is UWA alumni and 2016 WA Coach of the Year Kyal Oh. Kyal has been playing Ultimate since 2009, and has also dominated on the field as a player, winning the 2016 Male Player of the Year as well.
The WA squad features a strong showing of UWA students, including Bronte-Skye Wearing, Ava Kazemi, Gabrielle O’Connor, Douglas Chia and Joshua Goh.
Ultimate Frisbee shares parts from all different kinds of sports, including rugby, NFL and netball. Seven players per side pass a flying disc until it is caught in the ‘end zone’ for a goal.
The UWA Ultimate Club not only run the biggest social sport league in the state, but also send players on national and international trips to tournaments representing the University and Australia.
Although it is only a relatively new competition, WA goes into the Championships with a strong record.
At the inaugural Australian Ultimate U22 Championships in Geelong 2016, the Western Australia's mixed team brought home the silver medal, men's team the bronze and the women's team finishing in 4th place.
Graduate Officer, UWA Sport Marketing, Communication and Events