By Margaret Maccoll
Throwing a frisbee on the beach has long been a favourite past time for families but who would have thought frisbee throwing could become an Olympic sport.
Recent Noosa arrivals Jaemes Collingwood and his son Hunter became competitive frisbee (or Ultimate as it is known) players in South Australia and have brought the sport with them to Noosa.
Hunter even represented Queensland in the sport in 2019, despite the family still living in South Australia.
Noosa Ultimate is played on a turf court on a Thursday evening at Noosa District Sports Complex.
Jaemes said competition teams play seven-a-side and the aim is to catch the Frisbee or disc in the “end zone”.
The highly physical sport is totally non-contact but big on good sportsmanship and all ages compete together, he said.
“It’s an alternative sport,” he said. “It fits into a group of sports for people who don’t play the normal range of sports. Hunter was never really good at soccer or cricket but once he learnt to throw a disc he picked up the sport and ran with it.”
Ultimate Frisbee has been recognised by the International Olympic Committee but has yet to be played at the Olympics.
Queensland Ultimate, a non profit organisation aimed at developing the sport of Ultimate is being considered by Noosa Council this month for a 2021-22 Community Project Grant for Programs to assist Noosa Ultimate. The group hoped to use grant funding for lighting, facilities, more discs and to promote the game.
Ultimate Noosa is looking for players. To be involved, visit Noosa Ultimate on Facebook.