Top frisbee players to represent their country

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ULTIMATE frisbee players have been given a funding boost by a college.

Six top players representing Great Britain received £250 each from St Vincent College, in Mill Lane, Gosport.

IN FLIGHT Pete Gore catches a frisbee watched by, from left, Megan Campbell, Amber Cottrell, Natasha Callen, Ruby Rennison,  Amie Channon and Sam Bowen. Picture: Paul Jacobs  (131640-2)

IN FLIGHT Pete Gore catches a frisbee watched by, from left, Megan Campbell, Amber Cottrell, Natasha Callen, Ruby Rennison, Amie Channon and Sam Bowen. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131640-2)

Former pupil Ruby Rennison, 23, of Bridgemary, Gosport, is going to the World under-23 Ultimate Championships, on July 21 to July 28, in Toronto, Canada.

She will be joined by two other former St Vincent College pupils, Sam Bowen, 22, and Pete Gore, both of Gosport.

She is in the women’s division and the two men will play in the open division.

The cash came after Ruby launched a campaign to get funding.

The sport costs her more than £3,000 a year to play.

It sees her train five times a week in Gosport, once a month in Coventry and twice a month in London.

She said: ‘I set up a GoFundMe page, and my old teacher suggested he would ask the college as we all started playing there.

‘He managed to secure £250 for us, along with the three juniors at the college at the moment.’

Ruby added she takes pleasure in representing the country.

‘I enjoy representing my country, and having the opportunity to travel while playing the sport,’ she said.

‘Training is at the elite level. It’s a different sport and it’s about proving people wrong, that it is more athletic than people think.’

The three juniors, Natasha Callen, Amber Cottrell and Megan Campbell, are all studying a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport.

The 17-year-olds will head to Germany on August 5 to August 10 to represent Great Britain in the under-20s Ultimate Frisbee European Tournament.

They will be led by coach Amie Channon, who is preparing them for the competition in Germany, who also received £250 from St Vincent College.

The sport sees players, in teams of seven, battle on a rugby-sized pitch scoring points by catching a frisbee.

And Ruby’s team of 20 are seeded fourth in the world.

She said they are confident of success in the competition.

She said: ‘I definitely think top five and top European country, that’s our ambition for it.’

She has come a long way from when she first started.

She said: ‘I love sport, and I played football, netball, basketball.

‘When the netball season finished we used to sit and do fitness training with the frisbee team at college.

‘They said give it a go, and I went to GB trials back in 2007 and made the squad and have loved it ever since.’