The 2018 World U24 Ultimate Championships took place from 7-13 of January at UWA Sports Park. Perth is the fourth host city of the tournament, following on from Florence, Toronto and London.
Forty teams competed in the tournament which was played across three competitions, men’s, women’s, and mixed. Australia fielded players in all three categories, including several players from the UWA Ultimate Club.
Michael Vernon played in the mixed, Jeremy Ha in the men’s, and student athlete Max Qua played in the women’s team. All three are UWA students, and represent an Australia team that is largely made up of university-based players from around the country.
Results were varied for all three Australian teams across the seven days, as they came into contact with the world’s best ultimate players. Canada, Japan, and the United States proved to be the strongest competitors in all three categories; however Australia also proved itself to be a dominant side.
The Championships celebrate sportsmanship and diversity, with special attention being paid to Spirit, with each team given a score based on their knowledge of the rules, communication, fouls, positive attitude, and fair-mindedness.
In the final tabling, the USA took out all three categories, with New Zealand being rewarded with the Spirit award in all three. Australia took out third place on home turf in both the men’s and women’s tournament, after both going down to the USA in the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, the mixed team matched with Canada in the bronze final, and despite an early lead, went down to the visitors 15-8 to take fourth place.
Speaking to UWA Sport before the tournament, biomedical science graduate Max said, “This sport can be played at any level, from a beginner’s level, to a world’s level, and it just depends how much you want to put into it. The community is very encouraging, supportive, and friendly, and I think everybody should have a go at ultimate.”
Graduate Officer, UWA Sport Marketing, Communication and Events