Do you feel that cozy vibes of the yuletide season yet? With all these Christmas songs and displays around, it’s really our favorite time of the year aka the season of giving soon. And if you’re feeling extra kind and generous especially at this time, there are 6 girls from our National Frisbee Team who would be asking a gift from you. These girls who play Ultimate, are few of the chosen ones who will fly to Australia to represent Philippines for the U24 World Championships and they need our help. Interested in the whole story? Here it is:
DO YOU KNOW ULTIMATE?
Ever heard of ULTIMATE FRISBEE? Yes, we’re definitely talking about the sport of flying discs played both by men and women and on most surfaces like the beach or grass, indoor or outdoor. This is popularly known as simply Ultimate, one of the most fast-growing sports in this time which can be played in either single or mixed gender formats.
What’s so nice to know about this sport is that it is self-officiated. Yes, you’re reading it right. It practices ‘Spirit of the Game’ or SOTG which basically “places the responsibility for fair play on every player while still providing highly competitive play without sacrificing mutual respect between players and teams, simply adhering to the basic joy of play”. Indeed, this is one of the key elements that makes Ultimate different to other sports.
WHAT’S IN FOR THE PH’S FRISBEE TEAM
With these being said, we’re pleased to have our National Team which we call U24 National Team, playing for the whole nation on January 7 to 13, 2018 in the upcoming U24 World Ultimate Championships, happening in Perth, Australia. This tournament which started in 2010, will feature 42 teams from 16 countries and more than 1000 players to compete for 7 days in Perth. Our Philippine Flying Disc Federation, the official governing body of all disc sports in the Philippines, has appointed JMJ Sports Training Services to act as the Team Organizing Committee of our National Team. JMJ has been traveling since August in search of the best youth players PH has to offer. They are set to send two teams to compete in the Mens and Womens Division of this event composed of 25 players for each team.
A QUICK MEET WITH OUR 6 PROBINSYANAS AND WHY THEY NEED OUR HELP
It’s indeed exciting as it sounds, but before they start throwing and flying discs around under the hot Australian summer sun next year, 6 chosen girls from the provincial team need our help. The expenses for a big event and a trip like this appear to be overwhelming to them especially that these girls are having a hard time financially.
Irish Nikky Samson, Len Piquero, CM Absin, April Joy Baliong, Jessica Resch and Joyce Cometa Huguete call themselves Probinsyanas, selected from the provincial team are six of 25 women who will be going to Perth to play.
Coming from different teams of Visayas and Mindanao, such as Bohol, Cebu, Dumaguete and Iligan, these girls have proven their slots in the U24 National Team to be sent off in the Championships. They’ve won several tournaments for the past few years, most of them played in Visayas region.
HERE’S HOW WE CAN SEND THEM TO PERTH
To finally make their dreams possible and join the Championships, they will be needing our help to support their fundraising event. They are set to sell out shirts and the proceeds will be used to cover their common expenses for the said event such as their food, airfare, accommodation and the likes. With an amount of 350 PHP, you will get a shirt plus you get to help them fly to play frisbee to represent PH. Click this link to see how the shirt looks like.
For all interested buyers, your helping hand will surely go a long way (specifically in another continent!). Reach one of them April Joy Baliong by clicking this link.
The year may be ending, but this is just another beginning to these Probinsyanas. Helping them make their dreams come true and apparently sending them off to represent our nation across the globe matters not only to them but also to all of us, Filipinos, because they will surely make us proud. We all wish them to bring home the bacon and get home safely.