National call-up for frisbee throwing N’allerton students

Northallerton College international frisbee flingers Katie Hall, 18, of Northallerton and Nick Armstrong, 18, of Scorton.

Northallerton College international frisbee flingers Katie Hall, 18, of Northallerton and Nick Armstrong, 18, of Scorton.

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HIGH flying students have soared into the major leagues after clinching a place in the World Frisbee finals.

Five young sporting stars from Northallerton College have been selected to represent Team GB in the 2012 World Junior Ultimate Frisbee Championships taking place in the Republic of Ireland.

The competition, which will be held in Dublin from August 12-18, will see 30 teams from across the globe compete in one of the fastest growing sports to take off in the UK.

After securing their places through open trials held at Warwick earlier in the year, student Nick Armstrong will join fellow throwers Eddie Codd, 18, Kate Hall, 18, and Sarah Lacy, 16, in the under-20s squad with Ruth Kilsby, 16, playing for the under-17 girls.

Nick, 18, of Scorton, who will continue to play for the college team next year while studying sports science at Northumbria University, said: “The competition to get into the national squad was pretty intense so it’s great to have five players, all from the same college, go to the World championships.”

Ultimate Frisbee was first introduced to Northallerton College in 2005 by former chemistry teacher Tom Candlin and is now played by all students as part of the school’s sporting curriculum.

Frisbee team coach Matthew Carson, 18, of East Cowton, said: “Northallerton College has built up its reputations for producing a host of top flight frisbee players over the past seven years and for another five students to be joining the international ranks is incredible.

“The sport is becoming more developed within a number of schools across the country but we are the only college in the North Yorkshire area to have frisbee as part of its core PE lessons.

“Hopefully we can help Team GB to victory this year and provide even more international players in the future.”

Head of sport at Northallerton College Anna Harvey added: “Ultimate Frisbee is a very demanding sport which has really taken off.

“Frisbee takes a lot of commitment, dedication and training and it’s a fantastic achievement to have so many of our players selected for the national squad.”