World Championships in Poland next week
When Georgina Coulthread was invited to try Ultimate Frisbee just eight months ago she was immediately hooked. Next week she will be jetting off to Poland to represent Great Britain in the World Junior Ultimate Championships in Wroclaw.
“I got approached by an ex-GB Under 20s player who convinced me to attend the training session the next day and just try it out,” explained Georgina, who left Rugby High School last summer with four As at A Level and is now studying aeronautical engineering at Loughborough University.
“When I arrived, she taught me the basics and it was obvious that this was the sport for me. It all came naturally and I never had to force myself to go to training.
“It has become what my life revolves around. My parents joke that I eat, sleep and breathe Frisbee! Most of my uni friends are on my team, so all aspects of my life are now all about Ultimate!”
Ultimate Frisbee is a disc sport played on a 100m long field with seven players on the field at one time for each team. You cannot move with the disc and have to catch it in the end zone - a box spanning the width of the pitch at each end - to score a point.
Rugby born Georgina added: “The coaches expect a lot of training to be done outside of GB training, as there were only four training weekends before the competition in Poland, between July 31 to August 6.
“Obviously, if you’re playing at GB level, you will be training for other teams and so we only really focus on set plays and bonding as a team at those weekends.”
# Georgina is grateful to Rugby Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic who are supporting her with treatment, training and conditioning.
She is also looking for further sponsors as players have to pay for all aspects of kit, travel, accommodation and food.
Georgina’s crowdfunding page: https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/g-Coulthread.