Leeds university students picked for national frisbee team

Leeds University students who are part of the GB Frisbee Team.  (l-r) Katie Lear, Robert White, Rachel Finch, Will Carter and Alice Beeching.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
Leeds University students who are part of the GB Frisbee Team. (l-r) Katie Lear, Robert White, Rachel Finch, Will Carter and Alice Beeching. Picture Bruce Rollinson
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A group of students from the University of Leeds are in a spin after being picked to play frisbee for Great Britain.

The five players, members of the university’s Ultimate Frisbee Society, have been snapped up to play for their country after catching the eye of national coaches and are now gearing up for the World Championships in July.

Music student Katie Lear, 22, and geo-physics student Will Carter, 20, will play for the mixed under 23s team; law student Alice Beeching, 20, and global development student Rachel Finch, 23, will play for the under 23 women’s team and Robert White, 24, who is studying for a PhD in bio-energy, was picked for the senior team. Katie said: “We were all so happy. We worked really hard for it. We all said we dedicate our lives to playing frisbee and it feels like we’ve been rewarded.”

The students’ devotion to the sport means they manage to juggle their studies with intense frisbee training, playing at least once a day. They will be taking part in tournaments throughout the year in preparation for the world championships at St Alban’s in July, when they will compete against countries including India, Taiwan, Canada and the US.

Frisbee is a non-contact sport and matches involve seven players on each team, with the aim of passing a frisbee into the other team’s end zone.

Katie said: “It’s most easily explained by saying it’s like netball and the way you score a point is like American football.

“It’s just different to any other sport and I like that you always have somewhere to go - you can throw a frisbee in a park. You can always practice. It’s a really fast, fun sport that I think more people should start playing.”

To help with fundraising for the team to go to the world championships, email Katie at mc11kel@leeds.ac.uk.

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