I moved to Sheffield in 2006 to study for a Masters Degree in Sports Management, and quickly started to host Ultimate events by running the UKU Open Indoor Qualifiers in that year. In the summer of 2007, I worked on two big sporting events - the UK Corporate Games and European Ultimate Championships. These were followed by the University Division 2 Open Indoor Nationals and, in February 2008, the UKU Open & Women's Club Indoor Nationals. ninety2 ultimate was born in the following year.
I have been a member of the UKU Competitions Committee from December 2007 until June 2014, and was also the UKU Director of Indoor Competitions from August 2009 to August 2012.
On the pitch, I have played for and captained Sheffield Steal and Hallam University, but have also played for Leeds Jedi, Naughty Strawberries, Bigger Than You, Don't Let Go, Flyght Club, Tech Noir, Razzle Dazzle, Skills or Bills, Lazy Asses and The Brown. My Ultimate highlight was representing GB in 2007, playing for the Mixed team at WCBU Brazil.
Away from Ultimate I like to run and cycle, and completed the Right To Play Brussels-London challenge in 2010, and London-Les Herbiers in 2011. RTP does some fantastic work around the world and I regularly seek to raise money for, and awareness of, the charity.
Ultimate is a fast-paced, high-intensity team sport, played with a flying disc*.
Combining many features from sports such as Netball, Basketball and American Football, a team scores a point by moving the disc between players until it is caught in the opponents endzone.
The main difference between Ultimate and other sports is that it is completely self-refereed. The players on the pitch are responsible for making their own foul and line calls and resolving disputes under what is known as the Spirit of the Game.
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*Frisbee is a registered trademark of Wham-O Inc