It’s a unique sport that doesn’t have any referees. In fact, even at the most competitive levels, players make the calls. But it’s the atmosphere and culture that hooked Anna Dreher to ultimate Frisbee.
Now she’s encouraging other young girls to play too.
“Ultimate players are so nice and it’s such a fun sport to play. You have to experience it,” she said.
Since the Grant High School freshman joined the Portland Youth Ultimate scene two years ago, her coach says she’s made incredible strides.
“Just seeing her over these two years and how far she’s advanced is fantastic to see,” and Outreach Coordinator Stefan Peierls.
Peierls says Anna brings up teams with her positivity and humbleness. The 14-year-old makes it a point to help other girls on her mixed Portland teams.
“I throw to them and help them get better,” she said.
Dreher is a natural. She came close to making one of the best youth girls team in the country and was recently the youngest player in the women’s league. Dreher is determined to one day make the Portland Women’s Team Schwa. Until then, she plans to get other girls in the game.
“Mainly so I can have more girls to play with. More girls should play ultimate. It’s such a great sport. We need to have more girls playing here,” Anna said.
Portland Youth Ultimate has mixed teams in more than 30 local elementary, middle and high schools. There are also many leagues available for adults. To learn how to get involved, visit https://portlandultimate.org/.
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