Mt Lawley SHS student selected for Australia in ultimate frisbee

Ultimate Frisbee player Jess Emery has been selected to represent Australia.
Ultimate Frisbee player Jess Emery has been selected to represent Australia.

DIANELLA resident Jess Emery was chosen to represent Australia only six months after the 16-year-old picked up her first competition frisbee.

The Mt Lawley Senior High School Year 11 student was selected for the Under-20 Australian women’s team, Southern Terror, at the World Flying Disc Federation Junior Ultimate Championships held in Poland in August.

Jess said she enjoyed playing the “strange sport” at school so joined Yokine club Primal Ultimate in August last year.

“My coach said there was a trial in Melbourne (in January) for the Under-20s Australian women’s team, a four-day camp,” she said.

“Then I got a letter saying I got in.”

Three other WA players will join Jess to take on international teams in Polish city Wroclaw.

Jess and twin brother Nathan have also been selected to play for the WA state team in Sydney in June.

She said she enjoyed ultimate frisbee because of the friendly players and travel opportunities.

“When people ask you what sport you play and you say ‘frisbee’, they’re like ‘what?’ – it’s a conversation starter,” she said.

“Watching someone go for a sky or a dive looks really impressive.”

Training sessions include drills, improving throwing techniques, moving through different winds, offence and defence techniques and practice matches.

The trip will cost $6000, so Jess has started a GoFundMe page for people to donate to, and has placed a tip jar at her workplace in Innaloo.