2023 State Representative Teams – Nationals wrap-up

The 2023 Australian Youth Ultimate Championships and Australian Masters Ultimate Championships were held from Friday June 30 to Sunday July 2 at Bill Norris Oval in Beenleigh, QLD. The Australian Under 22 Ultimate Championships took place from Friday July 7 to Sunday July 9 at the same venue.

Six Victorian teams in total attended across the three events. Read on to find out how they all performed.

Australian Youth Ultimate Championships

In the first AYUC since 2019, Victoria was represented by two mixed division teams – the Echidnas and the Geckos. Both teams were competitive all weekend, with coaches noting significant improvement in all 32 athletes at the tournament. The Geckos achieved a 4th place finish, and the Echidnas came in 5th.

Ultimate Victoria is very proud of all of the Under 18 athletes and hope they have found a love for our sport. We would also like to thank the parents and families of athletes that were able to attend AYUC and support the teams.

2023 Victoria Geckos
Back: Alex Crawford, Josiah Reimers, Oliver Buehler, Rakshan RS, Sayon Raj, Drew Lane, Fyodor Peters, Tim Graham, Yichen Wei, Shannon Biggs
Front: Dulanitha Mendis, Ankita Mahanty, Isabella Slabbert, Hayley Tasker, Danae Lewis-Shell, Ashleigh Newton
2023 Victoria Echidnas
Back: Bo Browne, Noah Carson, Ben Fitzsimmons, Akshay Sundaram, Sahil Shaik, Harshit Kohli, Jerome Pollard, Aiden Nash, Josh Otto
Middle: Angeline Gonzales (Coach), Zoe Carson, Olivia Gardeniers, Amy Wicks, Kate Wicks, Louisa Inglese

Front: Alice McCormick, Zac Philip
2023 Victoria Under 18 coaching staff
Jasper Pentland (Program Head Coach), Jemma Riddoch (Geckos Team Coach), Angeline Gonzales (Echidnas Team Coach), Dan Cullen (Geckos Assistant Coach)

Ultimate Victoria would also like to thank the following organisations for their support of individual athletes

Click here for full results from the event

Click here for photos from the event (Facebook albums) – Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 Part 1, Day 3 Part 2
(thanks to Josquared Photography and Ultimate Australia)

Congratulations also go to Victorian athletes whose performance at the event was recognised via selection on Green & Gold Merit Teams

2023 Victorian athletes earning U18 Green & Gold Merit Team selection at AYUC
Back: Zac Philip, Bo Browne, Olivia Gardeniers, Alice McCormick, Amy Wicks, Tim Graham, Louisa Inglese
Front: Isabella Slabbert, Kate Wicks, Danae Lewis-Shell, Josh Otto

Australian Masters Ultimate Championships

The inaugural Australian Masters Ultimate Championships were held as a mixed gender event with state representative teams competing. Victoria sent two teams with the intent of promoting playing masters ultimate as an option for eligible players. Victoria Blue finished the event in 6th place, and Victoria White in 8th place.

2023 Victoria White
(L-R): Krystal Sauvarin, Todd Klein, Claire Taylor, Christopher Khoo, Mary Toney, Imogen Brane, Katie Lock, Declan Frey, Rainbow Apostol, Zero Partos, Rush Paisley, Kellen Lowrie, Chloe McDonald, Tom Vathis, Allan Fuzzard
2023 Victoria Blue
(L-R): Sergio Gomez, Shaun Johnson, Oakleigh Mullan, Sabrina Moro, Laura Cortes Castrillon, Kiri Kreger, Sarah Lee, Naomi Le Get, Tom Shael, Noy Hildebrand, Jess Chadderton, Laura Angarita, Luis Cardenas, Martyn Tonkin
2023 Victorian Masters Squad
Back: Allan Fuzzard, Christopher Khoo, Sarah Lee, Shaun Johnson, Mary Toney, Chloe McDonald, Krystal Sauvarin, Jess Chadderton, Imogen Brane, Tom Shael, Kellen Lowrie, Naomi Le Get, Matt Tetstall, Luis Cardenas, Kiri Kreger, Zero Partos, Martyn Tonkin, Todd Klein

Front: Noy Hildebrand, Oakleigh Mullan, Rush Paisley, Sabrina Moro, Claire Taylor, Laura Cortes Castrillon, Laura Angarita, Katie Lock, Sergio Gomez, Tom Vathis, Tipman Wong, Declan Frey, Rainbow Apostol, Atheer Kareem
Photo thanks to Josquared Photography

Click here for full results from the event

Click here for photos from the event (Facebook albums) – Day 1, Day 2, Day 3 Part 1, Day 3 Part 2
(thanks to Josquared Photography and Ultimate Australia)

Australian Under 22 Ultimate Championships

While the open and women’s divisions of this event did not go ahead, Victoria assembled 40 talented athletes to represent the state in the mixed division. Some incredible individual performances and overall team effort saw both teams qualify for the semi-finals, which is a fantastic result for the community.

The Blue Devils played off in the gold medal game against traditional foes NSW but came away with the silver medal. The Greater Bilbies ended the event in 4th place.

2023 Victoria Metro Blue Devils
Back: Nish Mahanty (assistant coach), Ethan Taifer, Hamish Menses, Wesley Allen, Fionn Somers, Caleb McGregor, Reagan Turner, Ethan Wischer, Liam Paterson, Max Miller, Leo Dykes, Olivia Bradley, Elise Bradley (head coach)
Front: Alysha Roberts, Jess Ambrose, Darwisyah Faqihah Mohamad Shahbodin, Kassandra Mathison, Riona White, Maddy Phillips, Olivia Hanrahan, Corbin Forsyth, David Hall
2023 Victoria Country/Tasmania Greater Bilbies
Back: Noah Barwick, Joe Cramer, Jay Lim, Louis Lai, Ben Eastwood, Bethany Forster, Anthony Qi, Charlotte Botham-Clarke, Elvis Koo, Angus Higgins, Kelvin Choo (head coach), Amanda Fung (assistant coach)
Front: Shiqi Wu, Allie Lemchens, Imanya Kodituwakku, Ellen Ho, Adam Baines (TAS), Carmen Umbers, Madeleine Buckingham, Ervin To, Ollie Morphett (TAS), Kano Nagata

Click here for full results from the event

Click here for photos from the event (Facebook albums) – Day 1, Day 2, Day 3
(thanks to Josquared Photography and Ultimate Australia)

UV extends their congratulations to the following athletes that were selected to the Green & Gold Merit Teams, and looks forward to whatever opportunities they pursue next!

2023 Victorian athletes earning U18 Green & Gold Merit Team selection at AU22UC
Max Miller, Leo Dykes, Ervin To, Noah Barwick, Alysha Roberts, David Hall, Riona White

Special shout-out to our two physiotherapists for the national championship events, Marc Del Gallo and Tyba Murphy.

Marc was kept busy with our U18 and Masters squads, while Tyba helped our U22 teams perform at their peak.

Marc Del Gallo is based out of Medical on Miami and Medical on Burleigh in the Gold Coast

Follow Tyba Murphy Physiotherapy on Instagram

Marc Del Gallo (back row, far left) with our U18 squad
Tyba (right) getting ready for the day with our U22 athletes
(photo thanks to Josquared Photography)