Channon’s pride at super six

Great Britain players, from left: Amy-Lea Clarke, Megan Campbell, Connor Dodds, coach Amie Channon, Natasha Callen, Amy Cooper, Amber Cottrell
Great Britain players, from left: Amy-Lea Clarke, Megan Campbell, Connor Dodds, coach Amie Channon, Natasha Callen, Amy Cooper, Amber Cottrell
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Amie Channon witnessed six of her students excel at the 2013 European Youth Ultimate Championships in Germany and declared: I’m bursting with pride.

Channon, a PE teacher at Bridgemary School in Gosport, set up ultimate frisbee school team Southern Tekkers and was present at the Championships in an advisory role.

The former GB women’s player, who represented her country from 2010-12, put the achievements of her students into context.

She said: ‘There were four divisions that competed in the European Youth Ultimate Championships in Cologne, Germany.

‘Great Britain entered in the under-20 girls, under-20 boys (open), under-17 girls and under-17 boys (open).

‘Bridgemary School had representatives in all of the squads apart from the under-20 boys.

‘Last year, Southern Tekkers had two successful students and this year we had six.

‘It is amazing to see the development.’

Connor Dodds, 15, was the first Southern Tekkers male to represent his country in the under-17 open division.

He made an immediate impact on his international bow as his all-conquering side won gold in an undefeated tournament.

Afterwards, the triumphant teenager was quick to pay tribute to coach Channon.

He said: ‘Just being picked was incredible.

‘I got into frisbee through school with Amie Channon.

‘I just came along one day to training at Southern Tekkers and enjoyed it, so carried on playing.

‘I’ve been playing for less than two years, so to represent my country is incredible.

‘What’s more, our team was undefeated as well and we beat the hosts Germany in the final.’

There was to be more medal success for Bridgemary School in the under-17 girls’ division.

Starlets Amy Cooper and Amy-Lea Clarke won bronze and were two of 18 members in a 23-strong squad playing their first international tournament.

Channon revealed: ‘The two Amy’s are just 13 years old.

‘They were a part of the youngest-ever GB squad and they can be immensely proud of themselves.

‘Amy, Amy and Connor are all still at Bridgemary School and I have to say they exceeded all of my expectations!’

The under-20 girls’ division saw three ex-Bridgemary students and Southern Tekkers players – Natasha Callen, Megan Campbell and Amber Cottrell – impress on the big stage.

A seventh-place finish for the talented 17-year-old St Vincent College trio meant Channon was extremely satisfied with all of the team’s efforts.

She said: ‘Natasha Callen won MVP of the whole tournament for her squad, which is a fantastic achievement.

‘The under-20 girls’ division is strong but the girls’ general standard of play was very good.’

Channon now believes her team have all the attributes to follow in her footsteps and gain full international honours.

She said: ‘This is where it all started for me as a junior.

‘When I was their age I always thought “I’d love to do that one day”.

‘They are all talented and are coming into the sport at a younger age than me, so I think they can and should all aspire for that.’