MONDAY’S PEOPLETom flying with Ultimate Frisbee

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ULTIMATE GAME: Ultimate frisbee player Tom Duncan. PHOTO: Emma Ferguson Photography

WANGARATTA’S Tom Duncan represented Victoria at the Under 22 Australian Ultimate Frisbee Championships where his Victorian team won gold.

However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing, with the 21 year old succumbing to injury the game before the prized grand final was played, ruling him out from wearing the big V in the big dance.

“I went for the frisbee and the person on the mark’s tooth cut through my hand so I couldn’t catch or throw,” Tom said.

“It was pretty disappointing to miss out on the final.

“I know I still played a part in helping the team reach the final which is the main thing I guess.

“I was able to get up and about on the sidelines and cheer the boys on though which was good.”

Ultimate Frisbee is an NFL like game, played on a 64 metre field with a 23 metre end zone at either end.

The aim of the game is to get the frisbee into a teammate’s hands while they are in the end zone which results in a point.

Tom started playing ultimate frisbee three years ago as an 18 year old, hearing about the sport through fellow Victorian representative and good friend Aidan Howard, and has said that he has loved the game ever since.

“I love the people and comradery you build and experience when playing ultimate.” Tom said.

“To represent my state after only playing the game for a few years was pretty awesome…it’s not something you get to do too often.”

Tom has no intentions of slowing down with the budding star setting himself impressive goals for the future.

“My ultimate goal is to represent Australia at the under 24 Ultimate Championships,” he said.

“The trials will be at the end of 2020 so if I was to make that team that would be pretty awesome.”

Aidan played alongside Tom at the recent under 22 ultimate championships in which Aidan scored the winning point in the battle of the state’s game which featured NSW vs VIC, where the end score was 13-12 in an intense final.

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