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Eunice Ng will take part in the 2016 World Ultimate and Guts Championships in London from June 18 till 25.
The spirit of ultimate frisbee is what player Eunice Ng loves most.
There are no referees in the fast-paced game so it is up to the players to work out any points of conflict among themselves.
It works on the assumption that no one will cheat to gain an unfair advantage.
“I love the spirit of the game. We ref the game honestly and it works on the principals of sportsmanship.”
The 20-year-old from Kelston is travelling to London to compete in the World Ultimate and Guts Championships from June 18 till 25.
The competition happens every four years and New Zealand will be competing in each of the five divisions – women’s, open, mixed, master men’s and master women’s.
Twenty-six countries will be part of the tournament.
Ng will be playing in the women’s diversion.
Ultimate is a non-contact field sport played by two teams of seven players each.
The object is to pass the frisbee from player to player all the way up the field and catch it in their end-zone which scores a point.
It is not the first time she has competed on the international stage. Four years ago she was part of the under 19 team at the world championships and they placed 14th.
This year she says her personal goal is to do her best for the team and help win as many games as possible.
She would like the women’s division to place in the top eight. Their stiffest competition will be defending-champions Japan, as well as the United States, Canada and Australia.
Ultimate frisbee is making a name for itself and is the fastest growing sport in high schools, she says.
Ng would one day like to see it in the Olympics.
It was shortlisted for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics but didn’t make the final cut.
“Who wouldn’t want to compete? That would be fantastic,” Ng says.
When she is not playing, training or coaching ultimate, Ng is working towards a medical degree at the University of Auckland.
She is in her third year and was inspired to pursue it through volunteering with St John Ambulance.