Geelong teenagers Blake Nicholls and James Leen have been selected to represent Australia in the Youth Ultimate Frisbee Championships in Wroclaw, Poland this month. We talk with Blake:
What is Youth Ultimate Frisbee?
Essentially anyone under the age of 20 playing Ultimate Frisbee- an exciting, non-contact team sport, played by thousands the World over. It mixes the best features of sports such as Basketball, American Football and Netball into an elegantly simple, yet fascinating and demanding game.
How did you get into it? There used to be a social league in Highton but it has now moved to Torquay. A few friends convinced me to come and play about 5 years ago. I found I enjoyed it and was good at it.
What makes it a great sport?
The community of people who play are supportive of each other and it is a mixture of multiple sports combining some fast pace play but because you can’t run with the frisbee similar to netball, it is easily changed into a slower game.
‘Spirit of the Game’ is the most important rule in flying disc sports. As Ultimate is a self-refereed sport, maintaining ‘Spirit of the Game’ is essential. Players must know the rules, be fair-minded and truthful, explain their viewpoint clearly and briefly, allow opponents a reasonable chance to speak and resolve disputes as quickly as possible, using respectful language.
Have either of you been out of Australia before? How big is the team that you are going with? James has played for Australia in 2014 and went to Lecco, Italy. Both James and I went to New Zealand last year to play in the Trans-Tasman Cup against New Zealand. Our Team has about 22 players which is divided into an offense and defence team
How did you get chosen? There were a few selection camps to go through. It began with a camp in Melbourne that went over four days in mid-January. Approximately 50 people attended the camp. From there they selected about 30 people to go to Sydney for the second camp. This went for 2 days. From there I got a call from one of the selectors about a week later letting me know that I made the team.
Tell us something exciting about this experience. I would say the most exciting thing about this experience is getting to go to Europe with a group of friends whilst representing my country in something I love. I know it’s cliché but it’s definitely true.
31 July – 6 August 2016