A Fylde athlete is calling on kind-hearted Gazette readers to help propel her team to international glory in the most unlikely of sports.
Stephanie Walker is hoping sponsors can send her team, Nice Bristols, to the ultimate frisbee world championships in Lecco, Italy, later this year.
Ultimate frisbee – also known as disc ultimate – features seven players per team looking to score in an end zone.
Stephanie, an ecologist based in Bristol, comes from South Shore and has been playing for the team for more than a year.
She said the amateur club needs sponsorship to compete at the world event and hopes Fylde businesses can realise her and the side’s dream.
The 27-year-old former Highfield High School puppil said: “It’s the highest level of world frisbee.
“There are quite a lot of young women on the team and we’re hoping someone will be kind enough to sponsor us.
“It’s a cross between American football and netball in that you have to catch a frisbee in an end-zone, but you can’t run with it and you have to pivot in order to move around.
“It is quite a brutal sport too – you end up with plenty of cuts and bruises.”
Ultimate Frisbee was first established in the 1960s by two American students, Joel Silver and Jared Kass, at Columbia High School in New Jersey.
Following its increasing popularity, the sport was officially recognised by the British and Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS)in 2006.
There are now more than 12,000 people competing in 700 teams in North America, with the sport fast-growing in the UK too.
Stephanie added: “It is an up and coming sport and can be quite competitive.
“Our team play in the Bristol and Bath areas and after qualifying for the European Ultimate Frisbee Championships, we finished in the top 10, which automatically qualified us for the world championships.
“We’re hoping someone reading might be willing to contribute to help us pay for flights and accommodation, allowing us to compete against teams from across the globe.”
If enough sponsorship money can be raised, the team will travel to Lecco, close to the Italian and Swiss borders, for the start of the competition on August 2.
Hundreds of male and female athletes will compete at the World Ultimate Club Championships, with matches taking place throughout the week-long event.
If you can donate to the team, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the side follow them on their Twitter feed, @nicebristols.