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Coach Marc Walker discusses the finer points of Ultimate Frisbee
May 18, 2017
Students in High Spirits at Ultimate Frisbee
Grade 9 and 10 Branksome students joined forces with Royal St. George’s College for a game of Ultimate Frisbee. This year was their first-ever season in the Conference of Independent Schools Athletics Association (CISAA), and it has been a great one. The U16 and SR teams have both improved a lot.

Though they conceded the May 11 co-ed game to Havergal and Crescent School – known as “Havercrest”- they played really well as a team. “Boys and girls have different strengths,” says Grade 9 student, Izzy. “Girls are good at working together but the guys are really fast.”

Branksome has embraced Ultimate Frisbee, which quickly evolved from a club last year to a full season team this year for both Junior and Senior teams. It was thanks to the efforts of Middle School Guidance Counsellor Ms Hayley AvRuskin that Branksome played their first official exhibition game last June. “The experience taught them what to aspire to,” says Ms AvRuskin. “Over the next few years we’re going to grow into a really strong team.”

“Ultimate Frisbee is self-adjudicating, so it’s a great way to teach good sportsmanship,” adds Coach Marc Walker. “There’s no point in going for a dirty foul when players have to referee themselves.”

The game is also easy to learn, so students who had never been on a team before eagerly signed up when it was introduced last year.

Ultimate Frisbee is a new sport for Branksome. However, the school has a special connection to the game through Grade 6 teacher Marianne Long, who has qualified for the World Championships and will be playing for Team Canada in Portugal this summer. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I’m really excited,” she says. With Ms Long as on our side, Havercrest would be well advised not to rest on their laurels!

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