Despite what many of my Uggle friends think Ultimate is a dangerous sport.
And before you ask Uggles is a non Ultimate player, think Harry Potter and it will all make sense.
Before I left to play at World Club Ultimate Champs in Prague from 3-10 July I had to sign a participation form stating that yes I knew I could potentially injure myself or even cause myself death by playing a game with a plastic disc, a pair of cleats and a whole lot of awesomeness.
It was in fact playing a silly game of bottles and it was the weirdest thing to look at ever (thanks to the equally calm guy as me who popped it back in for me).
So after all those months of training in a short but intense seasoning, all that fundraising, organization, payments and committment, team Zephyr turned up to Prague ready for action.
For most of my team they’d never competd at the Worlds level. To those that don’t know what it’s like it’s a week long tournament with two games a day on average lasting up to 100 minutes. There’s travel time, early morning breakfasts of foreign food, missed buses, shuttles, trams, drama, intrigue, lightening and thunder.
There’s also spirit, fantastic layout grabs, huge defensive moves, big hucks, aggressive foul calls, sore muscles, and for some broken legs, fractured elbows, stitches, concussion and more.
Don’t discount the partying – which that said was mainly at the final night’s party this year and that was totally awesome at a great open venue by the river with beach volleyball courts, lounge areas, grassy knolls, the option to go on a cruise boat, restaurants, cafes and dancing on tables.
I won’t go into all the details but suffice to say Zephyr had some fantastic opportunities to make it into the top 16 power pool and to achieve our team goal. Sadly a couple of universe point games that we lost denied us this result, but we still beat seed.
That is something that no loss or win can take away from any team. That stays with you forever because championships come and go but friendships last …well much longer.
Here’s some photos to prove we played in Prague, and that thousands of others did too. Congrats to the USA on their domination of all the god damn divisions – Open, Mixed and Womens.