Great Britain Women sport gold as World Champions!
Fans supporting English athletes at their best can celebrate the success of the GB Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team who recently became World Champions of Beach Ultimate.
From 11-16 December 2007, 350 athletes from 17 nations competed in Maceio, Brazil for the title of World Champions Beach Ultimate. The GB women’s team captained by Lucy Byrne from Bath and Jo Drury from Bristol was made up of 13 talented individuals who had spent several months training together in pursuit of the ultimate glory of gold.
Great Britain sent 4 teams to play at the championships including GB Masters, Mixed and Open. However only the women were able to bring home the first gold medal won by Great Britain in any world ultimate tournament, with the GB Masters gaining silver in a closely fought final against the USA.
Over five intense days the GB women played 8 games. All the training paid off as they beat Australia convincingly in their first game and went on to take 6 more wins to go through to the final as number one seed against the USA.
The final kicked off in front of a large crowd under the fierce midday sun with the temperature over 30C. It was a hard fought game and the US, who were favourites to win the tournament, took an early lead. Points were traded back and forth with some outstanding defence by the spirited British team and some lovely quick flow offence. Cheered on by their supporters the GB team capitalised on a sudden break to move in front with just 10 minuets to go, they took a run of points to snatch the World Championship from the US winning by eleven points to eight.
Several of the team members will go on to compete at the World Ultimate Championships, on grass, in Vancouver in August 2008, where they will no doubt be chasing more medals.