Ultimate sport takes rising star to Champs

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Former Arbroath High pupil Andrew Dick was one of only two Scots in the GB Men’s squad at the Under 23 Ultimate Frisbee Championships.

Andrew got the St Albans tournament under way with the first pull in the opening game against the USA.

The GB men had a great tournament and finished a very creditable fourth, narrowly missing out on a bronze medal by losing to Japan in sudden death.

Currently a full time student at Dundee University, Andrew first tried the sport in 2010 when he commenced his studies.

“It was a very tough championship,” said Andrew.

“It was my first time playing at International level.

“Going from being one of the main players on the Dundee Uni team to being more of a role player within the GB squad was a hard adjustment to make.

“I am passionate about this sport which not only promotes physical fitness but also improves hand/eye coordination.

‘‘It is also self refereed and promotes fair play more than any other sport I know.”

Joined in St Albans by his parents, mum Lynn said: “Andrew’s dad and I are, understandably, very proud of his achievements in this minority sport.”

Recently recognised by the International Olympic Committee, the sport is growing in popularity.

“It narrowly missed out in being included in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo,” explained Andrew.

“Although still primarily a university sport, more and more schools are introducing it.

“I hope to introduce the sport to pupils at Arbroath High school and am happy to provide taster sessions to local primary schools and community groups such as the Scouts.”

More information can be found on the World Flying Disc Federation website.